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.

  • @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

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.


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).

  • Does he mention every single Pesak of the S"A and M"B? – Hacham Gabriel Feb 29 '12 at 4:26
  • @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
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    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
  • Shmuel, did you mean to say that within Orach Chayim he goes according to the order of the Mishnah Berurah? – Noach MiFrankfurt Oct 29 '15 at 15:30
  • It was just a question of phrasing. – Noach MiFrankfurt Oct 29 '15 at 20:23

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

  • 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

There is an amazing set called Tzurbah M'Rabannan. It goes through the whole Shulchan Aruch(not every single siman though). It is very relvant halachaos but is taught from gemara down to modern day poskim. It also gives sefardic and ashakanazic halacha lmaaseh. Its really amazing,bought it recently.

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  • Where can I buy it in America? I can't find it anywhere online. @sam – Moshe Mar 6 '19 at 5:31
  • It is not in America yet,I had it shipped via ship – sam Mar 6 '19 at 5:33
  • And it's semi similar to Yalkut Yosef? @sam – Moshe Mar 6 '19 at 5:35
  • I wouldn't completely compare it to it,but it is very easy to read. It is unique – sam Mar 6 '19 at 5:37
  • Can you send me a picture of how it looks inside. Even though I see the one up top^ @sam – Moshe Mar 6 '19 at 5:38

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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    His sefer is very minhag based – sam Apr 22 '18 at 18:00

Shone Halachot of Harav Haim Kanievsky Shelti"a in conjunction with Piske Teshuvot should get the job done.


I would suggest the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. (Actually, since the Kitzur was published in 1884 by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried, wouldn't that make Yalkut Yosef the Sephardi equivalent to the Kitzur?)

  • I don't understand the downvote and why it wasn't the first one to be said – Kazi bácsi Apr 22 '18 at 18:36
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    @Kazibácsi I at least don't see how this book is similar to Yalkut Yosef at all. They are about as different a Halakha book as one could imagine. Why do you think this should be an answer here? The question sought a work that "covers every aspect of practical Halacha... applies them to modern day situations... is extremely comprehensive and generally brings down every relevant opinion in his footnotes... 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." – Double AA Apr 22 '18 at 20:22
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    That doesn't sound remotely like the Kitzur ShA which covers only common areas of Halakha, doesn't touch on modern applications, isn't comprehensive, doesn't note other opinions, doesn't even have footnotes, doesn't really target the higher range, though it is pretty clear to read perhaps mostly due to skipping on more nuanced positions and background. – Double AA Apr 22 '18 at 20:27

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