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What resources are available to trace the connections from the Gemara to the Halachic codifications and the reverse? For example, how can someone learning Daf Yomi find the related Halachic rulings in the Shulchan Aruch that were based on that particular page of Talmud, and how would someone studying Mishneh Torah find the source in the Gemara?

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Can you clarify which direction you are looking for (if it matters)? Your question implies a desire to trace Halachah to the Talmud, but your stated goal implies the opposite. –  Seth J Aug 3 '12 at 5:43
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@SethJ I see your issue, but I think given the answers that are already here that the question should just be generalized. –  Double AA Aug 3 '12 at 5:45
    
@doubleaa, I find it very confusing. –  Seth J Aug 3 '12 at 5:53
    
@SethJ my goal is to flip to the appropriate page(s) in S"A to match up with the daf, but the question is both poorly worded and better off generalized. I hope the edit resolves these issues. –  yoel Aug 3 '12 at 12:49
    
Actually, maybe that's too general. –  yoel Aug 3 '12 at 12:53

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The Be'er HaGolah (printed next to the Shulchan Aruch) gives all the sources as listed in Tur/BY. The Biur HaGra gives more thorough sources than the Be'er HaGolah, so you should probably use that one.

There is also, of course, the Ein Mishpat, if you want to go the other way around (Gemara to poskim). It's found at the top of the outer margin of each daf, and it's referenced by k'tav ashurit letters throughout the text of the Gemara.

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Perfect! Ein Mishpat was what I was thinking of. Thanks! –  yoel Aug 3 '12 at 1:24
    
I assumed he needed the latter. It'd be kind of tough to go the other direction when you're looking at a piece of Gemara and want to know how we Pasken. –  Seth J Aug 3 '12 at 4:13
    
@SethJ I didn't know which one hae was asking. –  b a Aug 3 '12 at 5:08
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a little biographical information on the Ein Mishpat: people.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/TalmudMap/EMNM.html –  Menachem Aug 3 '12 at 5:22

For the Mishneh Torah, first look at the commentaries printed in the standard editions. However, the work of these commentaries didn't exhaust all the halachos of the Rambam. Some of the gaps have been filled in by R' Chaim Kanievsky's in his Kiryat Melech, which fortunately, is available online.

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The new Koren Talmud actually does a very good job at providing not only the Ein Mishpat, but it also gives you the complete Rambam and Shulchan Aruch relevant to particular sugyot.

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This has been in the Oz Vehadar and Vilna Chadash gemaras for years. –  Double AA Oct 17 '13 at 20:30

If you want to learn the codified halachot that are based on the page of the Talmud you're learning, you should definitely check out the Gemara put out by The Halacha Brura and Birur Halacha Institute.

An idea from HaRav Kook, see here:

It was the Rav's desire to publish a new edition of the Talmud, which for the first time, would combine and reunite the study of Halacha and Gemara, which over the years had become two different and independent areas of study...a Talmud which would "return" the basis of Gemara study to the summary of the Halachic conclusions in each and every sugyah, including side discussions which arise in the sugyot.

It is split into two parts, the Halacha Berura and the Biur Halacha. From here:

  • Halacha Brura: This is printed on the Gemara page and was written by Rav Kook himself. The Rav copied the Rambam's and the Shulchan Aruch's Halachic decisions for each topic discussed on that page of the Gemara. This follows the numbering of the Eyn Mishpat.

    Rav Kook also clarifies situations where the Eyn Mishpat is not pointing to the correct place, and sometimes makes notes on what Eyn Mishpat was thinking when pointing to a specific source.

  • Berur Halacha: Printed in the back of each Gemara, the Berur Halacha summarizes all the different opinions of the Rishonim and Achronim that have impact on the Halachic conclusion of each Sugya, whether they affect the main discussion, or touch only a side point.

The Halacha Berura was done by Rav Kook himself, while the Berur Halacha is done by a committee of Rabbis led by Rav Kook's son (Rav Kook passed away during the editing of the first volume).

Their website has some examples of the Berur Halacha in the original and translated into English.

I have this Gemara on Berachot and love it. The only possible complaint is that it is not one of the newer prints of the Talmud (only the Rashi is re-typeset). This doesn't bother me for the Gemara itself, but I would prefer the compilation (and retyping) of the Mefarshim found in the back of the Talmud.


@ba pointed out in the comments that hebrewbooks.org has the first Halacha Brura gemara, Beitza. The Berur Halacha starts here.

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Thanks, this looks extremely useful - I'll have to keep an eye out for it. –  yoel Aug 3 '12 at 4:31
    
See here for how to get a hold of it: halachabrura.org/public.htm –  Menachem Aug 3 '12 at 4:47
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By the way, the volume on Beitzah is online –  b a Aug 3 '12 at 5:17

b a's answer lists the standard short references from g'mara to halacha and vice versa.

Menachem's answer lists a resource for following a g'mara through to its halachic conclusion.

So I'll do the opposite: mention a resource for following a halacha back to its talmudic source. The best I've found for this is Aruch Hashulchan, who often quotes the relevant g'mara, lists how rishonim understood it l'halacha, often discusses questions on those rishonim, and so on, until the final p'sak.

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Not the Beit Yosef? –  Double AA Aug 3 '12 at 4:56
    
@DoubleAA, it does the same, but less clearly IME. –  msh210 Aug 3 '12 at 4:57
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It may not be as accessible but it certainly covers a wider range of opinions and topics. –  Double AA Aug 3 '12 at 5:03
    
Don't forget the Tur, guys. –  Seth J Aug 3 '12 at 5:40
    
I think the question needs to be clarified. His goal seems like this wouldn't help him, even though his question implies that this is what he's looking for. –  Seth J Aug 3 '12 at 5:44

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