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A classic work of Jewish Law, compiled and written by R' Yosef Karo.

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Remove beard, but not sideburns?

How come it’s mutar to remove the beard but not the sideburns? The שלחן ערוך & רמב״ם both say they can be removed completely (with scissors or the like). So how come we only apply this halacha to ...
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Location of halachos of “a chosson and kallah”

Where are the halachos found in shulchan aruch regarding the practical halachos that a chosson is taught before he gets married: how a chosson and kallah have תשמיש המטה on the first night (and other ...
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Writing/drawing in the sand on Shabbos

The Mishnah (Shabbos 12:5) rules that writing in the sand is permitted: כָּתַב בְּמַשְׁקִין, בְּמֵי פֵרוֹת, בַּאֲבַק דְּרָכִים, בַּאֲבַק הַסּוֹפְרִים, וּבְכָל דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ מִתְקַיֵּם, פָּטוּר ...
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Why do we say Barchu during davening when we don’t do so during Zimun?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 192:1): ואם הם ארבעה יכול לומר ברכו שאכלנו משלו אבל יותר טוב לומר נברך שלא להוציא עצמו מן הכלל If they [who are eating together] are four, [the leader] may say, “...
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Kel Molei Rachamim on Yom Haatzmaut

I was informed today that one does not say the above today as hallel was said. Does it make a difference whether Hallel was said with a Bracha or not?
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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Who decides whether it's normal to eat something in a certain fashion?

The Shulchan Aruch in several places writes that if something is eaten in an abnormal fashion, it gets a Shehakol rather than its usual bracha.1 What defines whether something is a "normal" way of ...
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What rules did Hamechaber set to himself before compiling the Shulchan Aruch?

Following Doniel's question, did R' Yosef Karo accept himself a set of fixed rules/guidelines by which he is going to compile the Shulchan Aruch? For example, the order of Halochos, what he brings ...
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Where does the Shulchan Aruch quote an authority by name?

Generally speaking, R' Yosef Karo doesn't quote authorities by name in his Shulchan Aruch, but rather focuses on what the halacha is in the Shulchan Aruch and leaves the various opinions and ...
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Why doesn't Shulchan Aruch include the laws of destroying fruit trees?

Despite clear halachos that apply nowadays and codification in Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Rif, Rosh and Semag, and discussion by a host of other commentaries, as far as I (and the Taz, YD 116:6) can tell,...
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Why does S"A start Hilchot Shabbat with the laws between a Jew and a gentile?

The Shulchan Aruch Hilchot Shabbat (siman 243) starts with the laws between a jew and a gentile. Why does it specifically starts there when it is more likely to discuss the importance of Shabbat at ...
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Why did R. Moses Isserles state the same law twice in a row?

In Shulchan Aruch O.C. 624:5, R. Moses Isserles states: והמדקדקים מתחילים מיד במוצאי י"כ בעשיית הסוכה כדי לצאת ממצוה אל מצוה And the careful ones begin making the succah immediately at the ...
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Learning to translate the Shulchan Aruch

How can I get good at translating the Shulchan Aruch? Due to the fact that a lot of the words are more of a Rabbinic Hebrew rather then a Modern Hebrew, it's harder to translate without an English-...
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Is there an English Shulchan Aruch Audio online?

Is there anyone online that gives a straight English Shulchan Aruch shiur online? Shulchan Aruch not Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
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Total number of Simanim In Shulchan Aruch

How many Simanim (Not Seifim) are there in all of Shulchan Aruch?
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What did Hamechaber mean by “personal property” in Hilchot Tzedaka?

SA Y"D 249: כמה חייב ליתן [לצדקה] וכיצד יתננה: שיעור נתינתה ... עד חומש נכסיו מצוה מן המובחר ואחד מעשרה מדה בינונית. וחומש זה שאמרו שנה ראשונה מהקרן מכאן ואילך חומש שהרויח בכל שנה: The ...
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How did Tur and Mechaber omit explicit Mitzvos?

When answering to "is-holding-memories-considered-bearing-a-grudge" I noticed that while נקימה ונטירה (revenge and grudges) are two explicit Mitzvos DeOrayso counted by Rambam, Smag, Chinuch, etc, ...
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Asher Yatzar on numerous occasions

Although we don't pasken like this, the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch is that one who relieves himself and hasn't yet made a bracha Asher Yatzar, and subsequently relieves himself again, must say ...
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Why is Tikun Chatzos said specifically at Chatzos? What's so special about Chatzos?

The Shulchan Aruch writes in Orach Chaim 1:3 ראוי לכל ירא שמים שיהא מיצר ודואג על חורבן בית המקדש It is fitting for every person who has fear of Heaven to be anguished and concerned ...
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What is the “Likut” in the Beur HaGr"a?

Certain explanations of the Beur HaGr"a start with the word "Likut". Does that mean that those explanations were collected from other places the Gr"a wrote other than the Shulchan Aruch? If not what ...
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Are Tefillin allowed to be put in a prison?

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 135:14) states that one should not bring a Sefer Torah into a prison.: "בני אדם החבושים בבית האסורין אין מביאי' אצלם ס"ת אפילו בר"ה ויה"כ: הגה והיינו דוקא בשעת ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

How many se'ifim (not simanim) are there in the entire Shulchan Aruch? Not just Orach Chaim and not the Kitzur, but the entire, unabridged sefer. I'm trying to figure out scheduling for reviewing ...
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Why give a non-useful example of blowing a Shofar on Shabbat in Shulchan Aruch 307:5?

In סימן תקפח - זמן תקיעת שופר the Mechaber codifies that one does not blow the Shofar on Shabbat. ה: יוֹם טוֹב שֶׁל רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה שֶׁחָל לִהְיוֹת בְּשַׁבָּת אֵין תּוֹקְעִין בְּשׁוֹפָר. הגה: ...
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When do ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama? [duplicate]

When in halacha do Ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama and in which aspects ?
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What does it mean Halachicly: “Hamechaber omitted those Halochos”?

There are numerous Halochos that appear in Rambam and even HaTur, and do apply nowadays, but HaMechaber omitted it completely from Shu"A, like Hilchot Teshuva, Hilchot שמירת הנפש, Hilchot Deot and ...
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Mishnah Berurah style commentary on the rest of Shulchan Aruch

a little background— Chofetz Chaim wrote the Mishnah Berurah in a novel way, that one could learn his commentary and not need to read many others. He however kept the original text of the Shulchan ...
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Was there any opposition to the Shulchan Aruch's methodology among the Sephardic Poskim?

I am aware of opposition to the Shulchan Aruch's methodology of paskening two out of three (Rif, Rambam and Rosh) from some Ashkenazic poskim of the time (namely the Masharshal). Was there any ...
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Contradiction between Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch in O.C. תקנז

In siman תקנז of orach chaim there seems to be a contradiction between the bet yosef and the mechaber about when one says the תפילה of נחם on ט' באב. In the bet yosef he writes that one only says it ...
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Is there a problem with saying/writing Antiochus Epiphanes?

Inspired by this question: Shulkan Arukh Yoreh De'ah 147 lists the prohibition to mention the name of a foreign deity (see also) Epiphanes means "God Manifest" in Greek. It is unclear to me if ...
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No divine form for the Oral Law?

This seriously puzzles me. The Oral Law in the form of the Mishnah (and the following Gemmorah), which is the six Sdarim, is well known, and the Gemmorah itself testifies (Shabbos 31a) its division is ...
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Consistent philosophy in the Shulchan Aruch

If the Shulchan Aruch primarily rules based on a majority based on the Rif, Rambam and the Rosh, who each (I'm assuming) are usually philosophically internally consistent, then wouldn't the Shulchan ...
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What is the Shulchan Aruch Ha'Arizal?

What is the Shulchan Aruch Ha'Arizal? I expect it to be a compilation of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria's teachings on halacha arranged according to the order of Rabbi Yosef Karo's Shulchan Aruch, or perhaps a ...
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5th part of the shulchan aruch

there seems to be a saying by jews that there is a 5th part of the shulchan aruch (which is common sense) (i do not like this saying) do/did any respectable Rabbis (Rebbes, Gedolay Hador, Talmiday ...
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Does one say this prayer for medical procedures on a procedure that gives guidance rather than help?

Shulchan Aruch (OC 230:4, as explained by Magen Avraham ibid. :6) paskens that when one undergoes a medical procedure he should say the following prayer: יהי רצון מלפניך ה׳ אלקי שיהא עסק זה לי ...
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Why do we refer to HaShem as a Rofei Chinam?

Shulchan Aruch (OC 230:4, as explained by Magen Avraham ibid. :6) paskens that when one undergoes a medical procedure he should say the following prayer: יהי רצון מלפניך ה׳ אלקי שיהא עסק זה לי ...
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source for not paskening by tanach?

I recall hearing an idea that we don't pasken by tanach So, a rabbi or judge, nowadays, would pasken by the shulchan aruch and various repsonsa, and I suppose by the talmud. I don't know if the ...
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Wine barrels covered in animal fat

In Yoreh Deah siman 121 when talking about hecksher kelim, the Rema says: הַגָּה: יֵשׁ מְקוֹמוֹת שֶׁנָּהֲגוּ הֶתֵּר לָשׂוּם יַיִן בְּכֵלִים שֶׁנִּסְרֵיהֶם מְדֻבָּקִים בְּחֵלֶב, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁטֶּבַע ...
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Which tzitzit do I kiss?

There is a practice among some to kiss the tzitzit at certain points during davening (related questions abound). The Shulchan Aruch in one place (O"C, 24:5) says that the person should be looking at ...
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Machon Yerushalayim Shulchan Aruch vs. Habahir Edition

Can someone who has knowledge of both explain the difference- other than price and space- between Machon Yerushalayim Shulchan Aruch and Habahir Edition. I currently use the Habahir and am happy with ...
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Are there practices where Sepharadim do not hold by Shulchan Aruch? [closed]

I remember a Tunisian friend who was fairly learned mentioned a few places (halachically, not geographically) where Sepharadim do not go by the SA, but can't remember the specifics.
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Is there any place where Shulchan Aruch rules with the Rosh against the Rif and Rambam?

I am arguing with a friend about whether the Shulchan Aruch, being Sepharadi, weighed Sepharadi poskim higher than Ashkenazi ones. The above question came up.
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Mekor Chaim by the Chavauss Yo'ir

Where can I find a copy of the Mekor Chaim by R' Yair Bacharach זצ”ל (the Chavot Ya'ir)? I read on Wikipedia that Machon Yerushalayim publishes a copy, but a perusal of their catalogue does not turn ...
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Asterisks in the Pri Megadim

What is meant by the stars/asterisks that are printed around some words/phrases in the Pri Megadim on the shulchan aruch? These asterisks/stars are found repeatedly on almost every page of the Pri ...
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Sephardim following Ashkenazim in Halacha on modern issues

I heard that if there is no argument between the Remah and the Mechaber, then a Sephardi can follow Rav Moshe Feinstein for instance. How does it work? I try my best to strictly follow HaRav Ovadia ...
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Speaking as you enter a bathroom?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim, Siman 3, Seif 1 says; כְּשֶׁיִּכָּנֵס לְבֵית הַכִּסֵא יֹאמְרוּ הִתְכַּבְּדוּ מְכֻבָּדִים וְכו'. וְעַכְשָׁו לֹא נָהֲגוּ לְאָמְרוֹ When one enters into the throne room (...
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Did Bach ever respond to Taz's criticisms?

There are numerous places in the Taz where R' David HaLevi Segal criticizes the opinions and writings of the R' Joel Sirkis (Bach) - who just so happened to be his father-in-law. See for example the ...
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Mixed dancing events

I know that HaShem hates mixed dancing parties and events, but I , like everybody, do need sources to back this up, so can you guys please provide sources, like maybe in the talmud and shulchan aruch ...
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Why must one recite any scripture while donning Rabbe'inu Tam tephillin?

The Mishnah Berurah (Oraḥ Ḥayim 25:4, s.q. 14) clarifies that the reason one must be careful while reciting Shema' Yisra'el (and the 'Amidah) to also don tephillin is so as not to appear as a false ...
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Did the Beit Yosef Write Every Siman in Shulchan Aruch?

At the end of this video, Rabbi David Bar-Hayim makes the claim that not every Sif in Shulchan Aruch (as it is before us) was written by the Beit Yosef himself (Rabbi Yosef Karo). He says that parts ...
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Who can be subjugated for acting out of line?

Shuchan Aruch, Yore Dea 267:15: People who do not act in line — it's permissible to subjugate them by force and be served by them. I see nothing in the commentaries on the page (in the standard ...