While the Bible (the written law) and the Talmud (the oral law) cover many topics, sometimes a question comes up that is not directly addressed in these works. In that case, a rabbi or other community leader would write to a rabbi asking a question. Collections of the questions and their accompanying answers are called "responsa." Read more about the history of responsa
Finding responsa in the catalog
Finding responsa on the shelf
Bar Ilan Responsa Project
Halacha Brura and Birur Halacha Institute
Responsa for Today (Masorti/Conservative)
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