Caro's Codificatory Approach

The disparate opinions in Caro's Bet Yosef and the bottom line decisions in his Shulhan Arukh combined to create the halakhic code par excellence.

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Like all codifiers--in Jewish law as well as in other legal systems--Caro was convinced that not only would his code serve talmudic scholars and experts, but also "the younger students will study it constantly and commit it to memory," so that "practical halakhah will thus become 'childhood learning.'" Caro's two-part work--a book of halakhot and a book of pesakim--indeed constitutes the halakhic code par excellence, fully appropriate to the nature, and responsive to the needs, of the halakhah.

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Menachem Elon

Justice Menachem Elon has had a long and distinguished career as a legal scholar. He is a retired professor of Jewish Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a prolific author on Jewish Law. In 1977 Justice Elon was appointed to the Supreme Court of Israel and served as its Deputy President from 1988 until 1993. He lives in Jerusalem.