Besides the Mishna Berurah (Orach Chaim) for ashkenazim and the Kaf Hahaim (Orah Chaim and parts of Yoreh Deah) for Sefardim, what is used to complete the scope of Shulchan Aruch ?

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    The Aruch Hashulchan,as well as the major achronim on the Shulchan Aruch(Pri megadim,Pischei Tshuvah,Dagal Marvavah
    – sam
    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:43
  • If I recall the Aruch Hashulchan covers the whole SA, but what about the Pri Megadim, Pischei Tshuvah, Dagal Marvavah ?
    – maaan
    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:37
  • The Pischei Tshuvah is on all except Orach Chaim,the Be'er Heitiv is on all.
    – sam
    Aug 8, 2014 at 3:16
  • Many Sefaradim today, to my knowledge, derive Halakhah LeMa'aseh from Yalqut Yosef which spans all four turim of Shulhhan Arukh.
    – Lee
    Aug 9, 2014 at 21:28
  • No source for saying so and it addresses only YD not the other turim, so I'm not posting it as an answer, but: Chochmas Adam.
    – msh210
    Aug 10, 2014 at 3:03

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You should try the Sefer Yalkut Yosef written by the current Israeli Chief Rabbi. Although he's Sefardi he quotes all the Shitos!


Partial answer:

Ashkenazim in America and Europe use the Simlah Chadasha for Hilchos Shechita (beginning of Yoreh De'ah), as brought down in the Matteh Asher (here) and in Darkei Teshuva.

(See also here.)

I am told that the custom in Israel is to use the sefer Beis Dovid for these halachos, but I have never seen this brought down inside anywhere.


The ba'er heiteiv of course! Written by different authors for different chalakim of shulchan aruch, but long held as authorotive. In fact Rav Shamshon Rafael Hirsch mentioned this work as binding for all jews to learn along with shulchan aruch. Of course latter works have been accepted in orach chayim but none have replaced it on the other chalakim.


For Sefarad, Shulchan Aruch of the Beis Yosef. Ashkenaz use either Rama or Mishna Berurah. The Tur also covers this topic. (Shulchan aruch harav a.k.a Alter Rebbe m'Lubavitch shulchan aruch covers hilchos nida in depth). For Sefardim, the Beis Yosef covers pretty much everything there is to know. As for chassidim (mainly Chabad) the Alter Rebbe covers Chosen Mishpat in depth.

  • Thanks but there is nothing contemporary to the Kaf Hahaim or MB ? Also, which parts of the SA the Mappa covers ?
    – maaan
    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:53
  • Kaf Hachaim discusses the Orahch Chayim. Mishna Berurah should have a hilchos nida and kidushin, as well as chosen mishpat. If this is urgent look it up in Kitzur Shulchan Aruch or speak to your Rav if you have an urgent question. Aug 8, 2014 at 2:02
  • the Hamappah is based on the Beis Yoseif. Aug 8, 2014 at 2:06
  • No this is not urgent. Thank you for your answers. Does the Hamappah and the Rav SA covers all the Shulchan Aruch ?
    – maaan
    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:08
  • What do you mean by Rav Shulchan Aruch? Do you mean Alter Rebbe? Aug 8, 2014 at 2:09

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