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I’m not sure if I can put links here but there’s an Instructable with clear pictures and text. Go to Instructables and search Lulav Holder.
There’s a famous Midrash that says that the reason Hashem didn’t reveal the value of each mitzvah is because if he did then everyone would just do that mitzvah and neglect the rest. The Midrash gives a moshul about a king who hired workers to work his orchard. He didn’t reveal the value of each work so that the workers wouldn’t neglect the entire orchard and just work on the most valuable part.
Hashem wants the Torah of the entire Jewish people. Every one of us has a special tafkid that we came down here to do. Part of that is our unique cheilek of the Torah. There’s a bracha we say when we see 600,000 Jews together. The Gemara explains that it is because each one’s mind is different than the other one’s. You can’t replace me and I can’t replace you.
The entire Torah should be accessible to everyone. The entire Torah includes every chiddush, kasha, teretz, ha’ara, moshul, pshat, etc. thought of by anyone, regardless of their level, as long as it is within the guidelines of our Mesora.
In the Yeshiva World, Torah grows. That means if someone came up with a chiddush it will spread among his chaveirim, and they will pass it on to others, eventually. There are countless ideas I heard from different Rabbeiyim and chaveirim that keep coming up, somewhere in my learning, or in a hashkafic discussion.
When we talk about publishing something, we are entering into a different world. We are entering into a world that is guided by different principles.
I think the example you brought about music is a great one. There’s an interview with Benny Friedman on Hidabroot with Meir K. where Benny bemoans the state of the current Jewish Music Industry. He recalls the “good old days” of Jewish Music where someone would write a nice song, they would record it, and people would take time to learn it, to let it grow on them. Now, he says, it’s an extremely aggressive business where the people in charge are only interested in boom boom bang bang, that’ll earn a lot of money fast.
I hope that the Jewish publishing industry hasn’t become like that.
What we need is a system that stores, organizes, and dispenses all of the Torah that’s out there. There are many websites that have made a huge start by publishing a vast amount of classic works and contemporary giants. Even sifting through that is a formidable task, if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.
Imagine something like Amazon. You type in what you’re looking for and 10,000 results pop up. On the left side there are little buttons that you press that narrow down your choices until you’re down to a handful of items that you can look into.
It’s like once in a while, one of my friends will come over to me and say, “I’ve got a vort that you specifically would like”. And they’re right usually.
Imagine if we were all like that, all the time. Instead of getting emails about giraffes in Africa, you would get a notification every time someone somewhere came up with a new teretz on your kasha that you’ve had for 15 years. And imagine if it was all free.
I appreciate the time everyone took to address my question.
I don’t want to say which sites, but some of them have upload forms, some have told me to email seforim and they’ll put them up when they get around to it, and months later I see they put up many seforim from one or another particular group of seforim, and it seems that they are either very focused on certain rabbonim (famous) or some donor is telling them what to put up (rich),
There’s nothing controversial about what I write.
What frustrates me is that some sites say that they are only interested in promoting Torah and getting it out there but it seems that different criterea determine what gets out there.
I have my own website on wix.
I can’t even access it because of my filter.
I want a site that is open to most people’s filters, as that’s a large bulk of who would be reading my books. Most seforim sites (not all) open on most filters.
What mussar will teach me that I need to be rich or famous to have my sefarim published?
I think there are objective standards of what’s considered good music.
People who don’t know anything about wine will say that it’s all a matter of taste. When you go to the experts, they will tend to agree much more with each other as to what constitutes quality.
I find that people who are not musicians tend to have a much wider view as to what constitutes as good music. And they will inevitably follow up with “If I like it then it’s good”, which is not true. It just means that that kind of music is the highest quality that they can appreciate, which is much different than what they said.
“Halacha goes on how we perceive things, and we perceive Jerusalem as in the east, slightly to the south.”
I’m not sure what you mean by “we perceive Jerusalem as in the east, slightly to the south.”
How do we perceive it? On a Mercator map? A Mercator map, or any flat map for that matter, distorts the reality.
The reality, as perceived by any over-land or over-seas traveller, is that to get Yerushalayim from NYC you would travel NE, unless if you wanted to take a circuitous route by going East, or even worse, South East.