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Yalkut Yosef is a revolutionary work for the Sefardic world. He covers every aspect of practical Halacha as understood by his father Hacham Ovadia (who mostly follows the Shulchan Aruch) and applies them to modern day situations. He is extremely comprehensive and generally brings down every relevant opinion in his footnotes. He does all this in a clear, understandable, and easy-to-read manner which targets a wide range, from the Talmid Hacham to your average layman.

Is there a Sefer like this for Ashkenazim? The Mishna Berura (Biur Halacha and Shaar HaSiyun) are more for Lamdanim to learn from. What's great about Yalkut Yosef is that everyone can learn from it.

I even was speaking to an Ashkenazi Yeshiva Bochur about this today.

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@Vram 1) Hacham Ovadia doesn't discuss every Halacha. E.G. the first Halacha in Yalkut Yosef "Yitgaber KaAri". There is no Halacha in Sifre Hacham Ovadia "Yitgaber KaAri" so places where Halachot are obvious he quotes SA. 2) I'm pretty sure he did. At least in a some of the volumes. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 3:19
    
@Vram his point wasn't to sum up his father's Halacha. His point was to make a book that could be used for everyday situations. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 3:24
    
@Vram as I said before: he wasn't trying to write "Kitzur Piske Hacham Ovadia", rather a more modern version of the SA based on his father's way of learning and Pesakim –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 3:39
    
Does anyone know about the Sefer Pisek Teshuvos? It seems to be pretty similar. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 4:04
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Is the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch too old to fit? It's concise, thorough, and very easy to learn. –  yoel Feb 29 '12 at 15:43
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Piskei Tshuvos is a 5 or 6 volume set which summarizes (and gives Maarei Mkomos for) Tshuvos (that have practical ramifications) which deal in Orach Chayim.

He goes Siman by Siman in the order of the Shulchan Aruch (and within the Shulchan Aruch, he goes in the order of the Mishna Brura).

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Does he mention every single Pesak of the S"A and M"B? –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 4:26
    
@HachamGabriel no, one should learn those on his own. This Sefer is useful if one wants to know how do post-Mishna Brura poskim rule. –  Shmuel Brin Feb 29 '12 at 4:32
    
@ShmuelBrill my question is for people who 15 minutes to learn Halacha everyday. By the time they do one SA and MB there is already no time for BH SH and PT. Yalkut Yosef takes Bet Yosef, SA, and Hacham Ovadia and gives you the most of your 15 minutes. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 4:34
    
@HachamGabriel Yalkut Yosef is 24 volumes. Mishna Brura is 6, and Piskei Tshuvos is 6. That is still less than 24. –  Shmuel Brin May 7 '12 at 3:44
    
if you take the tamtzit of the Yalkut Yosef (aka kitzur) it is two volumes. Most of YY is sources. –  Hacham Gabriel May 7 '12 at 3:45
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There is also Peninei Halacha, from Rav Eliezer Melamed, which is not as comprehensive as Yalkut Yosef, but does go through all the main relevant halachos in Orach Chaim (and other areas of halacha too) and reaches a psak on each issue.

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I'm not very familiar with Yalkut Yosef but I believe, based on your description, that the Aruch HaShulchan would be comparable for Ashkenazim.

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my edition has 8 volumes, but it covers all 4 sections of the shulchan aruch (as opposed to the mishna brura) –  none Feb 29 '12 at 3:38
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I'm talking about something more modern that would discuss things that we have in our times (computers etc.). –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 3:41
    
then I do not believe a single work exists for ashkenazim. A comprehensive work that I know is very popular is Rabbi Ribiat's 39 Melachos, however that work is only on hilchos shabbos and is ~1,500 pages long (plus 1,000 pages of notes). I can't imagine how voluminous a work that covers all of shulchan aruch at that level would have to be! –  none Feb 29 '12 at 3:49
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@Moshe Yalkut Yosef I believe is 24 volumes. hanut.olam-jew.com/index.php?productID=174 they should be able to make the same for Ashkenazim. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 3:57
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@HachamGabriel thought this might be of interest to you torahmusings.com/2012/02/mishna-berura-vs-aruch-hashulchan –  none Feb 29 '12 at 20:25
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Shone Halachot of Harav Haim Kanievsky Shelti"a in conjunction with Piske Teshuvot should get the job done.

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The Nitei Gavriel is an attempt at such a work (though he is by no means complete, or even going in order. I don't know if he will ever do such "simple" halachos like "laws of Davening" etc.).

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