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Question 3.35:
What is the Rif (Hilchos of Rav Alfassi)?

Answer:

R. Yitchak Alfassi lived from 1013 to 1103. Early on he established a yeshiva in Fez, Morocco, but was forced to flee to Spain in 1088, and eventually established a yeshiva in Lucena that became the primary Torah center for Spain.

His major work, entitled Hilchos of Rav Alfassi, is more commonly referred to as the Rif, and is a summation of all the halakhic material in the Talmud. The Rif only quotes that portion of Talmudic dialogue that is pertinent today, omitting all halachot that are no longer relevant after the destruction of the Second Temple, such as the sacrificial service.


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