The Shulhan Arukh

The ultimate code of Jewish law.

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Influence of the Shulhan Arukh

To this day, the Shulhan Arukh remains the most influential code of Jewish law. Contemporary legal scholars may, on occasion, disagree with Caro's conclusions, but they cannot ignore him. The proliferation of commentaries on the Shulhan Arukh has only solidified its central position in the canon. Almost five hundred years after Caro produced a work intended primarily for those unable to study more complex legal works, his code has become the primary textbook for most traditional Jewish schools and yeshivot.

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Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. She previously served as the Rabbi-in-Residence for the Jewish Funds for Justice.