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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Rabbi Gil Student is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Torah Musings.


  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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