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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Torah and Halachic Authority (3/12)
Section - Question 3.35: What is the Rif (Hilchos of Rav Alfassi)?

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   R. Yitchak Alfassi lived from 1013 to 1103. Early on he established a
   yeshiva in Fez, Morocco, but was forced to flee to Spain in 1088, and
   eventually established a yeshiva in Lucena that became the primary
   Torah center for Spain.
   
   His major work, entitled Hilchos of Rav Alfassi, is more commonly
   referred to as the Rif, and is a summation of all the halakhic
   material in the Talmud. The Rif only quotes that portion of Talmudic
   dialogue that is pertinent today, omitting all halachot that are no
   longer relevant after the destruction of the Second Temple, such as
   the sacrificial service.

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Top Document: soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Torah and Halachic Authority (3/12)
Previous Document: Question 3.34: What are the Major Codes of Jewish Law?
Next Document: Question 3.36: What is the Mishneh Torah (Yad Ha-Hazaqah , Sefer Mehoqeq)?

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