Searching for "list of jewish laws" leads to the 613 Mitzvot, which are not what I am looking for. I am looking for specific behaviors (physical actions, or mental actions), which a Male Orthodox Jew would have to follow (or should follow in the best case). Is there any such list anywhere online? If not, how about a set of books of some kind?

In this "list" I am considering things like keeping kosher (how you specifically prepare meat, etc.), how to wash your hands specifically, or things like rules on Shabbat (like dealing with electricity), or things of these natures. Basically, what the rules of action are, in concise format.

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    I think there are several books written for prospective converts that would probably cover this. (There was one in Arabic used by the community in Cairo in the early 1900s!) But it's going to be hard to cover everything "concisely." And technology keeps changing. A hundred years ago I'd have told you to find a translated Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, but that won't tell you about electricity.
    – Shalom
    Sep 2 at 21:51
  • @Shalom and also, some behaviors and actions are variable based on tradition -- no one text can cover all the possibilities for each community's way of doing things.
    – rosends
    Sep 2 at 21:52
  • The sefer hachinuch+minchas chinuch might be something you'd be interested in.
    – Kovy Jacob
    Sep 2 at 22:30
  • You seem to be looking for a practical halacha (law) book, focused on practical day to day actions. I found this one to be excellent and super pragmatic.
    – mbloch
    Sep 3 at 17:35
  • see also 2 related questions here and here
    – mbloch
    Sep 3 at 17:36

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The classic work on this topic used by Ashkenazim is the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. It is usually the first halachic work boys are taught to learn in school. It was written in pre-electricity days, so you would need more up-to-date guide for modern appliances. But those change so fast there isn't really an all-inclusive book for those issues. And it is an excellent primer on the general principles and commandments.

Sefardim generally study either Ben Ish Hai (also pre-modern appliances) or Kitzur Yalkut Yosef (not available online in English).

These books are meant to give people a general idea of a topic, not to be comprehensive. A much more thorough but also longer set of works by topic can be found here.

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