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Maimonides, Moses. The Book of Knowledge: From the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. Ktav Publishing House; 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-881255-61-0.
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ben Asher, Jacob. Arbaah Turim. Various editions.

Karo, Joseph. Shulhan Arukh. Various editions. [Note that the Mapah of R. Moshe Isserles (the Ramah) is actually printed as parenthetical text in the Shulchan Aruch of Rav Yoseph Karo. The Ramah printed his comments to show the standard Ashkenazic determinations especially where they differed from the Sefardic customs of R' Karo. As a result, the Shulchan Aruch serves as the standard halachic source text of both Sephardim (R. Karo's original) and Ashkenazim (as modified by the Ramah).]

Ganzfried, Solomon; Goldin, Hyman E. Code of Jewish Law. Hebrew Pub Co; 1963. Paperback. ISBN 0-884827-79-8. [This is an English translation of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, which is a completely different work from the Shulchan Aruch. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch was written in the late 1800's by Rabbi Shlomo Gantzfried and is a summary collection of Halachah for every day practice divided into categories. The Jewish Catalog cautions against using the Kitzur Shulhan Arukh of Shlomo Ganzfried, which it states is "a collection of ultrastringent views often without firm basis in halakhic sources". However, other contributors think it provides lots of information on specific practices, but can be overwealming. As usual, it is probably best to ask your Rabbi.]
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