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Arukh HaShulhan (The Table Is Set) is a chapter-by-chapter restatement of the Read the text of Arukh HaShulchan online with commentaries and connections. Interesting letter handwritten and signed by R. Yechiel Michel HaLevi Epstein Rabbi of Navahrudak, author of Aruch HaShulchan, to his relative R. Yosef David . Originally published March 31, at hashulchan-laws-tzedakah

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The work was originally published during the author’s lifetime in numerous small volumes that appeared from —beginning with Choshen Mishpatat the beginning of which the author’s introduction is found.

Nine years after aruxh his position in Novozybkov, inEpstein was appointed as the rabbi of Navahrudakwhere he would serve for 34 years, until his death.

In Aruch HaShulchanRabbi Epstein cites the source of each law as found in the Talmud and Maimonidesand states the halakhic decision as found in the Shulchan Aruch with the glosses of Rema. However, many people including Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin and Rabbi Yehuda Pearl have famously held that the Aruch HaShulchan is more authoritative, since its author was the rabbi of a community, and since it was printed after the Mishnah Berurah.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Compiled and written by Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein —the work attempts to be a clear, organized summary of the sources for each chapter of the Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries, with special emphasis on the positions of the Jerusalem Talmud and Maimonides.

Epstein died on 22 Adar IIand is buried in Navahrudak. Images of the first edition have been reprinted dozens of times to this day.


These chapters were found in manuscripts by the author’s own hand, along with various sermons that were published together in the same volume. Retrieved from ” https: Rabbi Epstein tends to take a lenient view le-kula but decidedly without compromising in any form on the power and rule of Jewish law.

A ninth volume was published in by Rabbi Simcha Fishbane of Chicago, Illinoiswho was given permission by the Israeli Bar-Ilan family, descendants of the author, to print 36 previously unpublished chapters on the laws of oaths Hilkhot NedarimYoreh Deah Epstein became the rabbi of Novozybkov east of Gomelnow Bryansk regiona town with a large number of Hasidic Jewsmainly adherents of Chabad Lubavitch. His surname is often preceded by ha-Levias he descended from a family of Levites. The title “Aruch HaShulchan” “the table is set” is a clear allusion to the Shulchan Aruch “the set table”on which it draws, and to Aroch ha-Shulchan from the Tanakh Book of Isaiah He was particularly close to Rabbi Shmuel Salantthe chief rabbi of Jerusalem, and wrote extensively on the obligation of all Jews to support the Rabbi Meir Baal Haneis charity that Rabbi Salant founded in Israel in The work follows the structure of the Tur and the Shulchan Aruch: When established custom is in conflict with theoretical halakha, Rabbi Epstein tends to side with local custom, to a greater extent than is the case in works such as the Mishnah Berurah.

This edition adds comparisons to rulings by the Mishnah Berurah in Orach Chaim. Rabbinic legal texts and responsa.

Joshua ben Israel Benveniste.

His son, Rabbi Baruch Epsteinwas a bookkeeper by profession but produced a number of scholarly and popular works, most notably the Torah Temimah. Another, longer section of Yoreh Deah, which consists of 60 sections on laws connected to idolatryis still lost. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein once said that the decisions of the Aruch HaShulchan — who was a full-time Rav — take precedence over many poskim who were not active rabbanim.


July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Many volumes were reprinted posthumously by his daughter.

Aruch HaShulchan with Piskei Mishnah Berurah (9 vol.)

Views Read Edit View history. Yechiel Michel Epstein was born arucch a family of wealthy army contractors for the Czarist Russian army in BabruyskRussian Empire presently in Belarus. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It originally did not contain the laws of oaths Yoreh Deah previously published by Fishbane, but they were subsequently added.

Sefaria Source Sheet: Aruch HaShulchan, Laws of Tzedakah,

Moses ben Mordecai Zacuto Moshe Feinstein. The Aruch Hashulchan was composed and printed serially starting with Choshen Mishpat prior to the printing of the Mishna Berurah and the section on Orach Chayim published afterwards.

In other projects Wikisource. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. Epstein was involved in many charitable endeavors. Due to the latter’s popularity in the Haredi world, the Mishnah Berurah is often considered authoritative over Aruch HaShulchan by Haredim.

A division into four large parts, subdivided into parallel chapters simanim that match in all three works. These reprints usually appear in eight volumes, which mostly reflect the division of volumes in the Vilna aruh of the Shulchan Aruch with the exception of Yoreh Deah.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Epstein studied Torah locally, and was encouraged to arucch so by the town’s rabbi and his parents the concept of an out-of-town yeshiva was only slowly gaining ascendancy.