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The Kleinman Edition
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Code of Jewish Law

Volume 4 (Chapters 98-144)
By Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried
ArtScroll / Mesorah (2010)
ISBN: 9781422608609

Reviewed by Herbert White - September 13, 2010

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (the Code of Jewish Law) was written in 1864 by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried, and since then it has become the standard work on Halachah in every Jewish home and school, and has served as the foundation for countless Halachic rulings ever since. Following in the tradition of the Artscroll Chumash and following the format of Artscroll's Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud, Artscroll has undertaken the task of presenting a definitive edition of the Kitzur for a new generation. This new edition is based upon Rabbi Ganzfried's 1884 Lemberg edition.

This new edition is to be published in five volumes, four of which are currently available with the fifth scheduled for publication in June of 2011. The text features the text of the Kitzur, in Hebrew, accompanied by an in-depth, annotated English translation of the text. In addition, the English/Hebrew text of the Kitzur is enhanced by the inclusion of detailed commentaries.

When Rabbi Ganzfried wrote the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, he did so in an attempt to compose an elucidative text on Jewish Law that could be used by scholars and laymen alike. However, the Kitzur is not the only formative volume on Halachic rulings that are regularly consulted. To aid readers in their study and application of Halachah, the rulings of the Mishnah Berurah and Igros Moshe have also been included. Also included is Rabbi Ganzfried's original editorial glosses (in unvolwelized Hebrew) as well as a series of informative and practical appendices.

This new Kleinman Edition of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch has been divided into five volumes. The fourth volume in this series, upon which this review is based, covers simanim (chapters) 98-144. As such, this volume is concerned primarily with the laws surrounding the holidays. Some of the chapters in this volume are: In short, this new edition of the Kitzur is an essential Halachic guide that should be in every Jewish home and school and which will benefit both scholars and students of every level and age.

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