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Question 3.42:
What is the Mishnah Berurah?


This is a commentary on the Shulkhan Arukh by Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, better known as The Chofetz Chaim. (Poland, 1838 to 1933). Although he never held a formal position as a rabbi, hundreds of students flocked to his home in Radin. Eventually a yeshiva was established that Rabbi Meir supported. The Mishnah Berurah has become the authoritative halakhic guide for some segments of Ashkenazic Jewry. However, it is not accepted as an authoritative code by other segments, including many Chassidim and some Litvaks.

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