Weekly Freebies: BeMareh HaBazak

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Eretz Hemdah is a Religious Zionist institute founded by R. Shaul Yisraeli to prepare graduates for certification as dayanim (rabbinic judges) and rabbis of cities, and to serve as ramim (lecturers) and deans on college level and graduate level yeshivas. Its kollel has been responding to fax and e-mail questions from rabbis for many years and publishing them in Hebrew volumes Be-Mareh Ha-Bazak. The first six volumes of responsa are available here: I, II, III, IV, V, VI

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Highly recommended.
    Clear,thoughtful answers.
    Includes souces with cogent comments.

  2. abba's rantings

    last year the YU seforim sale sold some of their books for a buck or two piece

    there is also an english volume

    would any american rav use these teshuvos for a psak?

  3. Yep, these are pretty phenomenal! I think they’re especially good for young rabbonim just starting out, since they provide quick, clear and, most importantly, sourced answers for lots of common questions.

  4. Here is another good freebie:

  5. R Gil-do you have any “freebies” of any of the volumes of Halacha Brurah-the execellent series on Talmud that has great summaries of the Shitos Rishonim and Acharonim?

  6. although not a freebie, for those interested in seforim , authors and publishers, both traditional and academic, especially for those of us who make pilgrimages to the better seforim stores in Brooklyn, Monsey, elsewhere and the SOY seforim sale see the annexed links and catalogues. http://www.virtualgeula.com/index-lst.htm

  7. What happened to the Michtavim blog? where did it disappear to??

  8. Many of the Teshuvot are cutting edge answers to modern halachic issues.

  9. By the way, Steve, the editor of the Halacha Berurah series is R’ Aryeh Stern, rav of Kehillat Har Horev (my sister and brother-in-law’s shul), rebbe at Mercaz HaRav, and the candidate for Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem whose candidacy R’ Elyashiv (or, to be generous, his handlers) declared to be a great tragedy.

  10. Steve: I’m not really familiar with Halachah Berurah because I already own a Shasta and am not going to buy another one.

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