Is there a sefer that states the Halachos L'maseah and gives the reasoning as to why the Halacha is the way it is. I'm looking for a Halacha sefer that states the Halacha as we pasken, but also traces the Halacha back to its sources in the Gemarra.

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    What kind of reasoning are you looking for? “We are commanded to observe the Shabbos because it says שמור את יום השבת לקדשו,” or “We are commanded to observe the Shabbos the same way that Hashem rested after creating the world,” or...? However deep of a reason you get, there’s always one deeper.
    – DonielF
    Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 19:01
  • The Svara for the Halacha...
    – Moshe
    Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 19:02
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    That's a really broad term. What kind of logic are you looking for?
    – DonielF
    Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 19:19
  • Halchos with the reasoning. I don't understand what's so broad. @DonielF
    – Moshe
    Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 19:31
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    What kind of reasoning? The basic source for the obligation? The basic reasoning for it? The deeper reasoning for it? The kabbalistic meaning of it?
    – DonielF
    Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 19:34

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Sefer Hachinuch lists the 613 mitzvot with their rationale

The Sefer ha-Chinuch systematically discusses the 613 commandments of the Torah. It was published anonymously in 13th-century Spain. The book separately discusses each of the 613 commandments, both from a legal and a moral perspective. For each, the Chinuch's discussion starts by linking the mitzvah to its Biblical source, and then addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the commandment (here, termed the "shoresh", or "root"). Following this, the Chinuch presents a brief overview of the halakha (practical Jewish law) governing its observance - usually based on Maimonides' Mishneh Torah - and closes with a summary as to the commandment's applicability.

It is available in translation on Sefaria or in print from ArtScroll.

  • Did the question ask for mitzvot from the Torah in particular? Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 12:59
    – kouty
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 15:40

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