About Kitzur Shulchan Aruch

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (קיצור שולחן ערוך) is a summary of the Shulchan Aruch of Rabbi Yosef Karo. It was authored by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried in 1864.

The book was written to be studied by those who were not in a position to complete the study of the entire Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) with its corresponding commentaries. This work made it comparatively easy to learn and understand basic Jewish law.

This work was written to be a popular text, and as such does not have the level of detail of the original Shulchan Aruch, although it normally follows its own internal structure.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch became immensely popular after its publication for its simplicity, making basic Jewish laws pertaining to daily life that much more accessible.

About our Edition of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch

Translation of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch by Rabbi Avrohom Davis; Metsudah Publications 1996 CC BY 3.0.

Vowelized Hebrew text from Kitzur.net

We are very grateful to these publishers for or their role in releasing and digitizing the English translation, for the benefit of so many.

We are also grateful to Sefaria for their role in making these texts available for the benefit of so many.