What is special about Sifrei Meir Panim?
There are three types of books: 1) that makes it accessible to Torah teachings in a way that is easier to learn, by a clearer interpretation, a useful collection, and so on. 2) Chiddushei Torah. 3) The annotation of the famous sefarim.
Most of Sifrei Meir Panim’s sefarim are annotation of the famous sefarim, and most of them are generally Sifrei Kabbalah, though there are sefarim in most of the rich and varied types of the rich world of the Holy Torah, Bible, Halacha, Aggada, Machshava, Mussar and Drush.
While there is one line that unites and shares them all: we require ourselves to publish a fine and welcoming book in a way that will be as useful as possible. In every book we invest thought, how to benefit as much as possible from clal Yisrael, in a way that no one can say about any part of the books – what they put out to glorify themselves, I may enjoy as one of the learners. In every book we demanded of ourselves that there should be no non-auxiliary comment that the learner could trust with his eyes closed that it was a true Torah, fully qualified things.
Therefore, we invest a lot on the clearest and most readable arrangement, editing thorough and in-depth and professional sources for the sake of knowing who came out, comparing versions for the sake of the reader and choosing, or better understand what is said among all the existing versions, summaries where there is great longevity .
In all books, we preferred ancient sources rather than personal insights, endeavored with all our might that there be no modern innovations. It is not the intention, Has Veshalom, that to work hard and come to the Hiddushim is not important, but in front of our eyes the goal was that there would be no reason for anyone not to turn away from things in the books on the pretext that “it is not to his taste.” And there is never any place for such a complaint about the words of the ancient ancients as the first and last great sages.
Include – in one word: benefit to all those in the Beis Midrash! Helping and facilitating the very learning, and nothing more, and from there the reader should get to his own Hiddushim!
For example: in the Chumash – to find Rashi’s sources in the Chazal. But if already Rashi – the Chuamsh itself edited nicely and efficiently, it is pleasant to read that he wants to study years of reading and one translation. In the GRA’s commentary on Safra Datzanizta – besides the sources of the GRA and the opening of his allusions, cross referencing from all over the GRA books, comparisons according to The Aryza”l, the words of Rabbi Isaac Haver, and the Leshem – and nothing else! At the Shulacha Oruch – summarize the words of the Nosei Ceilim and the nowadays poskim to Halacha.
And so on and on.
One has to know, almost no one who does not enjoy ours, because there is a person who does not want to know the source of the author’s words, or whether Leshem Ariza”l or Zohar talking about the matter. And in the case of the Kitzurim (in Leshem), that some people will only learn it, and some people will learn it as a repetition before studying the words of the Leshem itself, or after studying it, or just look at it once, etc. And so it benefits everyone. We have put in a lot of effort that our additions will not burden the learner too much and will be of use.
Rabbi Yehoshua Lifschitz, head of the institute, says that people always come to him and tell him, Rabbi Lifschitz, you should know that books 1 and 2 are very helpful, 3 and 4 help a little, and 5 and 6 should not be done. Then in another week, other people come and say: You know, Rabbi Lifschitz that numbers 3 and 4 are very helpful, 1 and 5 help a little, but you shouldn’t do 2 and 6. And even in the same book, come and say, Rabbi Lifschitz you should know that adding extras 1 and 2 is very helpful, and what adding 3 and 4 helps a little, but what you added 5 and 6 you shouldn’t do. Then in a week other people come and say: what you added extra 3 and 6 is very helpful, and what you added 2 and 5 helps a little, but what you added 1 and 4 you shouldn’t do. Thus, it turns out that our sefarim have such a varied face that there is no sefer that no one finds in him who has what he needs, at different levels and shades. And yes, in every book, there is hardly anyone who will not find what he needs.
In almost every book we have added several important tools, for example:
In Pitchei Shearim 1) We added punctuation and paragraphs, which makes is very easy for the learner and he himself is already almost half interpretation. 2) Mekoros of Chazal and the Tanach in parentheses in the body of the text. 3) Additional sources in the footnotes giving more room for reference, and can also help understand his words, when they are unknown concepts. 4) Table of contents. 5) References to Eitz Chaim in the table of contents, which we can learn in order. 6) Index.
In the Leshem: 1) Punctuation and paragraphs that, apart from the above-mentioned usefulness of the words, is particularly important, as it is very lengthy and almost does not divide into paragraphs. 2) Sources. 3) Additional sources in the comments. 4) Table of contents. 5) A Kitzur for his words, making it easier for the learner. 6) Index. 7) Endnotes for detailed review at end of book.
Safra with commentary from the GRA: 1) Punctuation and paragraphs. 2) Sources. 3) Notes. 4) Notes of the Leshem. 5) Incorporated in commentary commentaries on his comments from the Rav Isaac Haver and the Leshem in short.