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Should and Ashkenazi such as myself learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim, Sephardi halachic works, or should I not bother as the halacha wouldn't apply to me?

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    Do you only ever engage in Talmud Torah via directly relevant piskei halakha and nothing else? – Double AA Apr 22 '18 at 16:50
  • @DoubleAA maybe spin that into some sort of answer...? – רבות מחשבות Apr 22 '18 at 17:13
  • no im just wondering – Avi Apr 22 '18 at 17:49
  • If you don't only ever engage in Talmud Torah via directly relevant piskei halakha then why are you wondering? – Double AA Apr 23 '18 at 0:51
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I don't see how it would hurt to learn them, as long as you aren't sacrificing learning time you could be using to learn more relevant halacha. Learning Sephardi halacha may not be useful to your own practice, but it may help you in understanding someone else's practice.

Consider this - do Ashkenazim always pasken the way the Shulchan Aruch brings halacha? How about the Mishneh Torah, or even the Gemara? Yet would we throw out learning these works simply because we don't pasken like them? Heaven forbid.

I'd hardly say there isn't any "point" to it. As I said before, I just wouldn't sacrifice learning time you could be using to learn more relevant halacha in order to study them.

For what it's worth, I, an Ashkenazi, have done a little reading myself in Yalkut Yosef. It's helped me out before in understanding Sephardi practice, and in answering a few Mi Yodeya questions. Conversely, I've known many Sephardim who've learnt the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch from Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried, even though all the halacha is like Ashkenazim. (Of course, nowadays you can even find a Kitzur Shulchan Aruch with notes on Sephardi halacha.)

  • ok thanks so much this is a great answer ezra – Avi Apr 22 '18 at 17:50
  • @AviKupchik nisht do farvos – ezra Apr 22 '18 at 17:55
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    So no Ashkenzi should study anything but Ashkenazi conclusions/rulings until they've mastered all of them? – Double AA Apr 23 '18 at 0:50
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    @DoubleAA Did I say that? I said he should not sacrifice any learning time he could be using to learn more relevant halacha. I did not say anything about him mastering Ashkenazi halacha. That would take a lifetime. :) – ezra Apr 23 '18 at 2:45
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    It is very clearly exactly what you said. When else are you no longer sacrificing learning more relevant Halakhic conclusions? Must be when you learned it already – Double AA Apr 23 '18 at 3:14
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If your goal is to learn "plain old Torah", or you are studying in order to Pasken for Sefardim, this would be a useful resource.

If you want to learn it for the purposes of Ashkenazi Pesak Halacha, consider some of the alternatives mentioned here.

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