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Novellae (hidushim) of the Aharonim)

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Related to both Talmudic commentaries and Responsa literature, Novellae (or hidushim) were generally intensive discussions on various passages in the Rabbinic literature (including Talmud, Mishnah etc.) In contrast, commentaries usually contained smaller comments which ran from page to page to help clarify passages in the Rabbinic literature.


The novellae of the Aharonim differ from those of the Rishonim in that they include discussions of how to apply the laws in the Talmud to new ideas, issues, or circumstances.


Finding Novellae on the shelf

Look in BM 504.2


Finding Novellae Online

Bar Ilan Responsa Project

Includes the Hebrew texts of the Tanakh, Talmuds, early commentaries, and many responsa. Basic searching is available to anyone, but advanced features are only available to subscribers.  The HUC community can access the full features through the Jewish Studies Portal



Seforim online


This site focuses on the works of the Rishonim and Acharonim and includes some of the Geonim.




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