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Question 3.41:
What is the Kitzur Shulkhan Arukh?


This is a short, concise digest of halachah compiled by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried (Hungary 1804 to 1886). He intended his work for mostly uneducated laymen, and therefore did not cite sources for his rulings nor did he include any laws that were not useful in the daily life of the average Jew. This book became immensely popular after its publication due to its simplicity. This work is not binding in the same way as the Mishneh Torah or the Shulkhan Arukh. Note that in Israel in most religious public schools, Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and Ulpanot they have ceased to use the Kitzur and are using the Kitzur Makor Chaim by Rabbi Haim David Halevy. Rabbi HaLevy was born around 1926, and is the Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv Yaffo. His works include:

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