Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The accepted Jewish code of law is called the Shuhan Aruch written by, the Mechaber(Composer), also known as Maran Beit Yosef, or Maran Shulhan Aruch. There are many commentaries on the Shluhan Aruch. The main ones are called-1)Be'er Heitev(Rav Yehudah Ashkenazi),2) Mishnah Berurah(Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan), 3)Beur Hagolah(Rav Moshe Ravkash), 4)Birkei Yosef(Rav Chaim Yosef David Azulai), and 5)Shaareh Teshuvah(Rav Chaim Mordechai Margaliot). Then it was modernized for the Ashkenazim by Rav Moshe Issrelss, because originally it was only made for Sephardim. People 'till this day still use the Shulchan Aruch(Mishnah Berurah). About 200, or 300 years later a Rav named, Rav Shlomo Gantsfried wrote something called the "Kitzur Shulhan Aruch"-The shortened Shulhan Aruch(For Bnei Ashkenaz). Then about 30 years after that a Rav named Rav Refael Baruch Toledano wrote a Ktizur Shulhan Aruch of his own, but for Sephardim. About 20 years ago the most revolutionary, and to date Halichik sefer came out for Sephardim "Yalkut Yosef". These books was written by Maran Rav Yitzhak Yosef, in the name of Maran HaGaon Rav Ovadia Yosef. These book is now pretty much the greatest, and most concise seferim that is to date. Rav Ovadia Yosef, took all the Halachot from Shulhan Aruch, and put them where they belong in our day, and age.There is a Kitzur Shulhan Aruch from Yalkut Yosef. All of Rav Ovadia's sons are Poskim, as well as him. Still for Ashkenazim the most accepted Halichikik source is Kitzur Shulchan Aruch(Rav Gantsfried).