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Novellae (hidushim) of the Rishonim

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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.


Some early authors of novellae included Joseph Ibn Migash, Abraham b. David of Posquieres (RaBaD), and Meir b. Todros Abulafia, Solomon b. Abraham Adret, Yom Tov b. Abraham Ishbili, Nissim b. Reuben Gerondi, Nahmanides, and Joseph ibn Habiba,


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.


Other resources

Śare ha-elef : \b Reshimat ha-sefarim shebi-defus u-meḥabrehem ... mi-zeman ḥatimat ha-Talmud, shenat 4260, ʻad shenat 5260, teḳufat ha-Shulhan ʻarukh ; be-tosefet reshimat kol sifre ha-Tanaʼim ṿeha-Amoraʼim ṿeha-meyuḥasim lahem / \c ʻarukh u-mesudar ʻal-yede Menaḥem M. Kasher ṿe-Yaʻaḳov Dov Mandelboim.

The title page describes the book as “a list of books and their compilers who lived in the thousand year period between the closing of the [Babylonian] Talmud until the time of the Shulhan Arukh.” 




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