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Difference between books called "Shulchan Aruch"

The Shulchan Aruch was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo in the mid-sixteenth century. That is the reference to #1 ("stam" means plain, without any additional qualifications. Since then, others have ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

Total There are 13,550 seifim in Shulchan Aruch. Breakdown Orach Chaim — 4,170 Yoreh Deiah — 3,700 Even HaEzer — 1,988 Choshen Mishpat — 3,692 Methodology I looked at the beginning of every ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

I believe this would make an enjoyable web-scraping project, which might yield a more easily reproducible (and checkable) result. I've scraped the numbers from WikiSource, and gotten a total for Orach ...
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What is פנאד"ש?

I have found in the article (p. 8 of the PDF) of Eliezer Papo that it is מאכל ספרדי דומה לבורקס שלנו היום – כיסנים ממולאים בבשר או בגבינה.‏ a Sephardic food similar to our bourekas today – dumplings ...
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Is there any place where Shulchan Aruch rules with the Rosh against the Rif and Rambam?

The Shulchan Arukh (OC 259:1) rules like Rosh, against Rif and Rambam, that wool shearings used to insulate a pot before Shabbat are not Muktza even if they weren't designated as insulation as long as ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

So I decided to try counting for Orach Chaim ,and surprisingly did not take long at all (one hour around). I used excel to calculate the sum of all the seifim in all the simanim. Orach Chaim = 697 ...
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Mazikim on Shabbos?

Perishah to Tur Orach Chaim 267 (answering a slightly different question) explains that there are in fact mazikim on shabbat, which would be consistent with the explanation you give for the recital of ...
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Buying a Shulchan Aruch

I recently got the Tur-Shulchan Aruch set "Tzuras HaDaf" published by Shulchan Melachim. I would personally recommend getting the Tur Shulchan Aruch together, which I have found tremendously useful, ...
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Who is "the author of the Shulchan Aruch" in this teshuvah of Rashbash?

The Machon Yerushalayim edition of the teshuvos, which is available on Otzar Chochmah, has a footnote that asks your question and suggests "the author of the Shulchan Aruch" was added by mistake at ...
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English version of SHULCHAN ARUCH

It took several years from the OP but I am pleased to announce that Sefaria has posted most of the original-by-Señor-Yosef-Karo Shulchan Aruch in English: https://www.sefaria.org/texts/Halakhah/...
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Did the Beit Yosef Write Every Siman in Shulchan Aruch?

The Yad Malachi (18th century) (klalei haposqim: klalei hashulhan arukh ve'rama) quotes a responsum of R. Samuel Aboab (17th century) (responsum #251) as stating that he heard that R. Karo delegated ...
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Where does the Shulchan Aruch quote an authority by name?

It's actually not that rare for the Shulchan Aruch to mention authorities by name. Here are a bunch of examples of different authorities mentioned: In O.C. 34:1 he mentions a dispute involving Rashi,...
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Stam viYesh Halacha k'.....?

The principle of Stam v'yesh halacha k'stam is itself a subject of dispute. According to Rav Ovadia Yosef and his sons, when you see a stam v'yesh in the Mechaber, you hold like the stam completely, ...
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Why is the Ba'eir Heiteiv citing himself?

There was a previous sefer called Be'er Heitev, by R. Yeshayah b. R. Avraham, and that is what he is quoting--אשר לפני means "that preceded me," not "that is in front of me." See ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

TOTAL: 13,533 Orach Chaim (697 chapters): 4,108 Yoreh Deah (403 chapters): 3,685 Even HaEzer (178 chapters): 1,986 Choshen Mishpat (427 chapters): 3,754 I used the Shulchan Aruch in one volume ...
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Asher Yatzar on numerous occasions

The Mamar Mordechai (s.k. 3) understands the Shulchan Aruch's position is that the second recitation covers all the times he forgot, so one would never say more than two. However, the Pri Megadim (M.Z....
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Is it permissible for a woman to learn Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch?

Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l in Igros Moshe, YD III, siman 87 (top left column) famously said that girls can learn pirkei avos: משום שהוא עניני מוסר והנהגות טובות יש ללמדם בהסבר לעוררן לאהבת תורה ...
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Sefer on Contemporary Shailos

There are many series of such books, a few I like are R Daniel Mann from Eretz Hemda has a very nice series called Living the halachic process (also available one of them also available on Kindle) - ...
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5th part of the shulchan aruch

According to Jewish historian Joseph Telushkin in his A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1, this description is attributed to Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, an early twentieth century Rabbi. The story is ...
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Mishnah Berurah style commentary on the rest of Shulchan Aruch

Yes, there are many such kind of seforim on all parts of Shulchan Aruch (in fact, almost all of it). Prof. Spiegel in his recently published book, 'Amudim Be'toldot Ha'sefer Ha'ivri - Hadar Ha'...
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Why give a non-useful example of blowing a Shofar on Shabbat in Shulchan Aruch 307:5?

Because that was the example that the Rambam gave here, and the Shulchan Aruch will often follow the Rambam's language. This is helpful because Rambam holds that in a place of Beis Din Kavuah, Shofar ...
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Why doesn't Shulchan Aruch include the laws of destroying fruit trees?

R. Jacob Reischer addresses this in a responsum: Shu"t Shevut Yaakov 1:159 גם על הטור אין תימא כל כך דאף דלאו בפירוש אתמר מכללא אתמר כיון דאיסור לקצוץ אילנות הוא לאו דוקא אלא ה"ה כל המאבד ...
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What game is the Rama in 338:5 (טשי"ך) referring to?

In the Dirshu Mishna Berura (based on the "Leshem") print, it is translated in a footnote as a game similar to "חמש אבנים" (lit. five stones) - when I was a kid it was called kuglach. It's similar to ...
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Anonymous glosses in the Shulchan Aruch

This is (partly) addressed by the editors in the beginning of the Tzuras Hadaf edition of Shulchan Aruch. They note that many of the in-text explanations and citations are not actually from the ...
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Which Tzemach Tzedek?

The first print of the Tzemach Tzedek from Lubavitch was in 1871. The Pischei Teshuva passed away in 1868. Therefore it can be assumed that he never saw the Shu"t Tzemach Tzedek from Lubavitch.
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Does the Mechaber, banning meat at seudah mafseket, mean it's okay beforehand?

If you see the Mishna Brurah in Siman 552 he writes that's from the din of gemara,but regarding minhag its assur from Rosh Chodesh
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Shulchan Aruch split into 30 portions

The Ketuvim Publishers has the complete Shulchan Aruch with the Rama in one volume. In the introduction the editor explains that the Bais Yosef intended the Shulchan Aruch to be studied and completed ...
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What does it mean that learning torah is greater then respecting parents

One example is the ruling of the Terumat Hadeshen (40; cited here) that one can choose one's yeshiva over the objection of one's parents. Similarly, the Pri Chadash (cited in Pitchei Teshuva 240:8) ...
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Contradiction between Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch in O.C. תקנז

The Beit Yosef doesn't say to say it only at מנחה. He brings opinions on both sides and doesn't state his own opinion. I think this might have caused the confusion: When he says ושפשט המנהג כדברי ...
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