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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Torah and Halachic Authority (3/12)
Section - Question 3.41: What is the Kitzur Shulkhan Arukh?

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                                  Answer:
   
   This is a short, concise digest of halachah compiled by Rabbi Shlomo
   Ganzfried (Hungary 1804 to 1886). He intended his work for mostly
   uneducated laymen, and therefore did not cite sources for his rulings
   nor did he include any laws that were not useful in the daily life of
   the average Jew. This book became immensely popular after its
   publication due to its simplicity. This work is not binding in the
   same way as the Mishneh Torah or the Shulkhan Arukh. Note that in
   Israel in most religious public schools, Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and
   Ulpanot they have ceased to use the Kitzur and are using the Kitzur
   Makor Chaim by Rabbi Haim David Halevy. Rabbi HaLevy was born around
   1926, and is the Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv Yaffo. His works include:
     * Beyn Yisrael La'Amim. Between Israel and the nations
     * Dat U'Medina. Religion and Statehood
     * Mafteychot HaZohar Ve'ra'ayonotav. Indexes to the Zohar and its
       ideas.
     * Makor Hayim (Fountain of Life) (5 vol.). The books contain both
       the Halachot from Orach Haim plus an introduction to each chapter
       that contains the joint Halach/Agadah roots: Agadah, Mussar,
       Mahshavah etc., of each halacha.
     * Assey L'cha Rav (9 parts). A collection of responsa that includes
       modern questions such as Life after Death, Meditation, Martial
       Arts, and other questions and answers. All answers are presented
       clearly and the answers are intended for experts and layman alike.
       Both Sephardi and Ashkenazi sides of the issues are presented.
     * Kizur Shulchan Aruch. Similar to the Ginzberg kizzur except that
       it contains both Sephardi and Ashkenazi minhag where relevant.
     * Makor Chaim L'bat Yisrael. A concise edition of the halachot
       relevant especially to women. Includes an introduction to each
       chapter that gives the joint Halacha/Agada (see above) roots.
       Brings both Sephardi and Ahskenazi minhag where relevant.

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