The Concise Code of Jewish Law: A Guide to the Observance of Shabbat



By: Rabbi Gersion Appel

Co-published by OU Press, Maggid Books and Yeshiva University Press

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Responding to a perceived need for our generation, The Concise Code of Jewish Law is a modern and up-to-date work of halachah lema’aseh, presented in a concise and user-friendly format. The main text is an adaptation of classic sources of halachah, loosely following the order of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, supplemented by notes which explore issues in greater depth and address a wide variety of contemporary applications of the laws.

This volume on the laws of Shabbat is part of a projected four-volume series covering all areas of practical halachah. First published a generation ago by Rabbi Gersion Appel, this edition has been updated by Rabbi Daniel Goldstein, in style as well as in substance, to address new technological developments and the opinions of recent poskim. Unique among English halachic works in its breadth of sources, Concise Code includes the halachic decisions of classic works such as the Chayei Adam, Mishnah Berurah, and Aruch Hashulchan, in addition to the rulings of the greatest poskim from the recent past, such as R. Moshe Feinstein, R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, and R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, and the leading poskim of our own day, such as R. Nachum Rabinovitch, R. Hershel Schachter, and R. Mordechai Willig, and many more great poskim of the past and present.

Concise Code is a perfect text for students, as well as all those interested in enhancing their observance of halachah and acquiring greater knowledge about the intricacies of practical halachah in our generation.


The Concise Code of Jewish Law achieves an impressive integration of halachah together with hashkafah and fundamentals of our faith that underlie the halachah. With an engaging style, the author presents detailed halachic material in a manner that is easily accessible. Rabbi Appel’s updating of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch to deal with halachic issues of our generation is truly admirable.Rabbi Hershel Schachter


In reviewing the first edition of Rabbi Appel’s The Concise Code of Jewish Law, I found it brimming with essential halachic information, old as well as new. I am confident that this updated edition will be a valuable aid to all who seek to be punctilious in their Shabbat observance. –Rabbi Mordechai Willig


This is a versatile masterpiece, which can serve equally well for the scholar and the novice. Of the many fine expositions of Shabbat laws currently available, Rabbi Goldstein’s revision of Rabbi Appel’s classic stands supreme.Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb


Rabbi Gersion Appel broke new ground with his adaptation of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch for contemporary Jews. With great insight, he translated and updated the text for today’s concerns and gracefully condensed immense scholarship on other important cases. In this new edition, updated for the smartphone age, Rabbi Daniel Goldstein continues Rabbi Appel’s significant project. –Rabbi Gil Student

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