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The Maggid of Mezeritch told the Baal HaTanya to put together a Shulchan Aruch for Chasidim. The result is the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, which is used as a final authority for halacha in Chabad communities in most cases. Wikipedia asserts that it is used as such by "most Hasidim", but in my experience I have not seen it on the shelves of Chasidic shuls or batei midrash.

Do any other communities rely on it as a final authority rather than the Mechaber, the Rema, the Mishna Berura, the Kitzur, etc.?

Which communities rely on which other texts is also interesting.

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Very few communities rely exclusively upon a single text. All Orthodox communities treat the Shulchan Arukh haRav as authoritative, but only Lubavitchers will ever treat it as ultimately authoritative. That is not to say that Lubavitchers will avoid studying other works. They treat it as many Litvaks treat the Mishne Berurah: authoritative to the point of being the final word, though not the only opinion. Likewise, many Sephardim now treat the halakha of the mechaber in a similar fashion (based upon the exhortations of Rav Ovadiah). – Shimon bM Feb 18 '13 at 3:06
@ShimonbM that's a good point. I guess the question is more specifically whether other Chasidic communities regard it as a final authority. I will edit the question accordingly. – yoel Feb 18 '13 at 3:12
No need to edit: I think your question is already well-phrased. Just wanted to add my two cents :) – Shimon bM Feb 18 '13 at 3:17
@ShimonbM thanks! But I'll keep the edit because it makes for a more specific question. – yoel Feb 18 '13 at 3:19
@yoel I saw in Karlin-Stolin of Monsey that they advertised in their Beis Medrash to learn Halachah Lma'aseh - Shulchan Aruch Harav, every day at a certain time, and they printed packets of the text for people to use. – Efraim Apr 13 '14 at 1:10

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