The Kaf HaHayyim was written roughly contemporaneously with the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah, but is the last of the three seforim to be finished, with its final chapters completed by the young Rabbi Ovadia Yosef after the death of the author in 1939. The Kaf HaHayyim saw both of these seforim and quotes them both. Citations to the Mishnah Berurah can be easily found in Hilchot Purim, and citations to the Aruch HaShulchan can be found in Yoreh Deah 74, 75, and 76 (at least), but there are interesting opinions brought in the Aruch HaShulchan that would seem appropriate to cite in Yoreh Deah 69 and 70, yet Kaf HaHayyim does not cite them.

I haven't learned the Kaf HaHayyim from cover to cover yet, but maybe someone who has can answer this: where in Kaf HaHayyim does he first cite each of these works?

The Kaf HaHayyim cites ער’’ה often, but I think always refers to the Erech HaShulchan (ערך השלחן), by the Tunisian posek R’ Yitzhak Taieb, as that's the only work given for that acronym in the luach rahsei teviot. The work by Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein (ערוך השלחן) that I'm asking about in this question appears to always be cited by full name.

  • The kaf hachaim often misses out 'original' opinions of the mishne berura which I think means he doesnt agree with them. – user2800 Aug 13 '13 at 8:24
  • Although he seems to have had many seforim I get the impression that he didnt have the 'bikurai yaakov'. – user2800 Aug 13 '13 at 8:25
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    @annex: Kaf HaHayyim 69:290 goes against his normal shita about stam v'yesh to rule that one reason why we don't do chalita is because we can be sure all of the blood came out of the meat since we salt the meat for an hour, not just 18 minutes. The Kaf HaHayyim doesn't quote anybody as saying this. I assume if he'd seen the Aruch HaShulchan when he wrote this reason, he'd have quoted Aruch Hashulchan 69:35-37 who explains it in great detail. I could be wrong. That's why I'm curious when the Kaf HaHayyim first saw these other two works. – Chanoch Aug 14 '13 at 20:32
  • see Kaf Hachaim 637:5 for what I wrote before about the mishne berura. – user2800 Aug 15 '13 at 9:16
  • Checking on modern seforim like Maadanai Hashulchan on Shulchan Aruch 69:19 they also only bring the Kaf Hachaim and not the Aruch Hashulchan for this din. – user2800 Aug 15 '13 at 9:53

Searching the text of Kaf HaChaim Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah yields the following:

Mishnah Berurah cited a max of 328 times (325 "מ"ב אות" and 3 "משנה ברורה"), starting around 15:1. Haven't checked how many are referring to others Aruch HaShulchan cited 0 time in Orach Chaim and 383 times in Yoreh Deah. (ערוך הש(ו)לחן)

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    Great! Never dreamed Visual could help for limud ! :D +1 Where did you found the informatized text please? – yO_ Jun 11 '18 at 7:39
  • Click the Sefaria link above and scroll to the download button. – MDjava Jun 11 '18 at 17:27
  • Your hit for Aruch HaShulchan in Orach Chaim is a false positive: It appears in the phrase "יש למחות ביד הנוהגין לערוך השלחן בליל שבת בפת שלם" – Chanoch Jun 12 '18 at 14:24
  • There should be way more than 39 references to Mishna Berurah as מ"ב in Orach Chaim. Somewhere starting in the halachot of matzah baking, he starts quoting the Mishna Berurah (as מ"ב) all the time. Also, מ"ב can also mean the Misat Binyamin. – Chanoch Jun 12 '18 at 14:28
  • A: Thank you for double checking B: I didn't realize there were two text files for Orach Chaim and I had only downloaded one. Searching again. – MDjava Jun 12 '18 at 15:16

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