Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Which Of These Seforim Would You Recommend And Why?

Divrei Chaim al HaTorah Moadim & Bava Matzia

Magen Avraham al HaTorah U'Moadim

Rav Yivi al HaTorah

Likutei Torah HaShalem

Sifrei HaYehudi HaKadosh mi'Peshischah U'Banav

Tzvi La'Tzadik and Pe'er Yitzchak

Yosher Divrei Emet

Shaarei Gan HaEden

Amud HaEmet

Shema Shlomo

Beit Aharon

Panim Yafot al HaTorah

Kol Simcha

Keter Torah - Rabbi Meir of Berdichev

Mei HaShiloach

Netiv Mitzvotecha / Otzar HaChaim

Pri Tzaddik

Toldot Yaakov Yosef - Peirush Noam L'Toldot


Still looking for these out-of-print seforim:

Kesem Paz - Rabbi Tzvi Hersh of Smotritch

Kol Aryeh - Mochiach of Polonoye


At July 2, 2008 at 11:49:00 AM EDT, Blogger DixieYid said...

I don't know almost any of those seforim. But I can tell you that I recommend Mei Hashiloach. It will blow your mind and bend it in ways that you didn't think possible. At least that's why I like it. But be careful not to fall into Klipas Izbitz, as one Breslover Tzadik called it.

If you get too caught up in the world of seeing how "It's all G-d," you might come not to be machshiv your own hishtadlus and bechira. This slacking off in those areas is also not Ratzon Hashem, so it's something to be aware of.

-Dixie Yid

At July 2, 2008 at 3:16:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Halevai Ich Hob Da'as said...

To learn Kol Simcha is great. But you really need a Chavrusa. It is just like Chidushei Reb Chayim on the Rambam. Every word was sifted. Its very lomdish and will give you the fundamentals of Poilishe Chassidus.

At July 2, 2008 at 3:36:00 PM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

I haven't learned most of the Sforim you listed, so it's hard to say. But while I know you didn't mention it, I would like to go record as recommending "Ma'or V'shemesh."
In my (and many others) opinion, this is one of the most accessable and fundamental Sifrei Chassidus.
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(and while we're speaking of R' Klonymous Kalman Esptein, I would also recommend another R Klonymous Kalman... the Rebbe of Piaseczno. His language ca be difficult – but B”H much of his seforim are available in Englsh)

At July 2, 2008 at 7:44:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Chabakuk Elisha: I know you have limited time to learn seforim outside your regular seder. How often do you learn Ma'or Va'Shemesh or any of the seforim on the Piaceszna Rebbe?

At July 2, 2008 at 9:33:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Jonathan said...

The Komorno is currently my favorite (incl Netiv Mitzvotecha). That is, the parts that are accessible to my limited intellect! I find he is somewhat like the GRA in that he is writing it only for more advanced students. I just treasure the few parts I can grasp.

At July 2, 2008 at 10:31:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Yirmeyahu said...

I would have to say the Divrei Chaim. :)

At July 3, 2008 at 10:52:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Bob Miller said...

This is not listed, but...
I get a lot out of reading volumes of Sifsei Chaim, compiled from the writings of Rabbi Chaim Friedlander ZT"L (Ponevezh Yeshiva, Israel). The ideas (and Hebrew language) are clearly presented, and the overall approach, based largely on those of Ramchal and Rav Dessler ZT"L (Rav Friedlander's mentor), is very well organized and covers essential topics in Yiddishkeit comprehensively. I'm struck by the clarity on every page!

While the author was not in the Chassidic movement, those who are would benefit a lot from reading his works.

At July 3, 2008 at 12:55:00 PM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...


I can't say that I learn them regularly, but at different times I was into each of them to different degrees. I look at a shtikel Meor V'Shemesh every few weeks, but for a while I lerned it regularly. About 7 years ago i was very excited about Piaceszna and I learned a few maamorim in Derech Hamelech, Bnei Machshava Tova, Chovos Hatalmidim, I read "To Heal the Soul" from cover to cover a few times


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