The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch – A Book To Put You Off Judaism

One of the first Jewish books I studied was the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.

Marc B. Shapiro writes: "When I was young everyone seemed to study it. It has been reprinted numerous times and also translated into many languages. According to the Encyclopedia Judaica, it went through fourteen editions in the author’s lifetime, which I think is a record for halakhic works. Yet today, I don’t know anyone who uses it as a work of practical halakhah."

Marc B. Shapiro writes about the Brisker Rav: "Once he was served something which, while kosher, did not measure up to his standards. Upon learning of this, he immediately stuck his finger down his throat, causing himself to throw up on the host’s expensive rug. Rather than this upsetting the host, we are told that this further increased his admiration for the Brisker Rav."

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