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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Torah and Halachic Authority (3/12)
Section - Question 3.42: What is the Mishnah Berurah?

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                                  Answer:
   
   This is a commentary on the Shulkhan Arukh by Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan,
   better known as The Chofetz Chaim. (Poland, 1838 to 1933). Although he
   never held a formal position as a rabbi, hundreds of students flocked
   to his home in Radin. Eventually a yeshiva was established that Rabbi
   Meir supported. The Mishnah Berurah has become the authoritative
   halakhic guide for some segments of Ashkenazic Jewry. However, it is
   not accepted as an authoritative code by other segments, including
   many Chassidim and some Litvaks.

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