The book Eglei Tal was written by Rabbi Avrohom Bornsztain and deals with the 39 melachos of Shabbos.

I was wondering what about this particular book is unique? Why would a person learn this as opposed to the Mishna Berurah, Aruch HaShulchan or other such works that also deal with the 39 melachos? (I suppose another way to ask this question could be- what did the author contribute to the body of halachic work [other than his particular psak on any given subject?])

(I am assuming that there is something unique to this book other than the authors particular psak.)

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    Mishna Berura and Aruch HaShulchan weren't around when this was written. – Double AA Dec 14 '14 at 15:57
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    Have you opened it? It's in a completely different style and is meant for a different audience. But I don't understand the question anyway... what's the "need" for so many shu"t seforim? What's unique about the Pnei Yehoshua, Keren Orah, Tzlach, Nachalas Dovid, Aruch Laner, etc...? – הנער הזה Jan 13 '15 at 15:59
  • @Matt I was aksing because it seems like a particularly popular book and, in my experience, a popular halacha book is usually popular due to it's format (or something like format) and not because of the content. I wasn't really asking about the "need" rather the "attraction to". – Gavriel Jan 14 '15 at 11:56
  • this seems largely opinion based. – mevaqesh Aug 10 '16 at 21:16
  • Who uses this seffer lihalacha? – user6591 Aug 11 '16 at 1:50

My subjective opinion is that this book is more focused on the theoretical foundations of the melachot.

While aruch hashulchan and mishna brurah is very focused on giving you the psak, eglei tal is more focused on explaining the definitions of the melachot.

My assumption is that if a posek knows the eglei tal well it will help him to come to a conclusion for a new case where a psak does not exist.

For us it will help us to understand the aruch hashulchan and mishna brurah better


It is also special about it in a "cultural" sense that it is unusual for a Hasidic rebbe to write a classical "learning" type of sefer, which is studied in Yeshivishe circles as well.

(Disclaimer: I personally don't know the book, I just heard this remark from my rabbi - I hope I haven't distorted it.)

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    Other Yehivah Chassidic classics include Minchat Chinnuch, Sefat Emmet, Totzaot Chaim of R. M. Ziemba, and Avnei Nezer. – mevaqesh Aug 10 '16 at 21:16

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