I saw the roshei teivos החזו"א in the Dirshu notes to Mishna Berura in Hilchos Rosh Hodesh. Can you tell me who it is? Is there a general resource to figure this out?


I suspect that that refers to the Chazon Ish. The letters fit, and the Chazon Ish's rulings are often quoted alongside those of the Mishna Berura.

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  • Thank you, you must be right. I was looking for a "Chaim Zalman..." or something. It was actually in the Dirshu notes, not the mishna berura itself for what it's worth. – Seymore Cohen Jan 31 '14 at 20:34
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    The Mishna Brurah would not quote the Chazon Ish,but dirshu would,and it is indeed the Chazon ish – sam Jan 31 '14 at 20:35
  • @SeymoreCohen In general, most sefarim have an index towards the front of the sources they have culled from. You can usually match up the roshei teivos to that list. – Y     e     z Feb 2 '14 at 2:12

I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but for anyone who views this answer in the future: There are a couple of resources you can use for roshei teivos: If you want to look online, you can use this page; if you want to actually hold a sefer in your hand, you can use this kovetz roshei teivos (I have it and can personally attest to its tremendous usefulness).

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