Monday, February 24, 2014

Mishnah Berurah Tiferet

Community Magazine has a nice article (also in the magazine pages itself) on the upcoming halachic work "Mishnah Berurah Tiferet", which is a project to incorporate Sephardic Piskei Halacha into the Mishna Berura.  The first volume to be published is the Mishna Berura vol. 6, which deals with the holidays, and is scheduled to be published right before Purim.  The project was started by Yaakov Rachimi and continued by Rav Gad Yazdi Shlit"a (see the article who he is), who enlisted other scholars to help with research.

Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L gave a haskama to the project before he passed away.  As the article notes:
Hacham Ovadia’s gabbai (assistant) relayed that when the hacham saw the work, he placed his two hands atop it and emotionally declared, “I put my two hands on this book with full force because I so want this book to be disseminated.”
It looks like it can be very useful for those learning Halacha with Shulhan Aruch, Rama, and Mishna Berura.

I'm a bit surprised, however, that no mention was made in the article of the fact that this is not the first Sefer to do just this.  I own the 3-volume Sefat Hashulhan by ר' משה קלזאן, written in 5750-52, which takes every Psak of the Mishna Berura and other Poskim on the page in which Sepharadim argue and he writes where the Psak of the Kaf Hahayim or the Maharitz for the Teimanim differs.  Plus, he adds in Minhagei Ha'ari and the Psak of the Ben Ish Hai and that of Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L.  It too has Rav Ovadia's Haskama.  The drawback, perhaps, to the Sefat Hashulhan is that he mostly drew from the Kaf Hahayim and not as much from responsa and later sources.

I've also seen copies of the Mishna Berura with Sephardic Halachot on the bottom as footnotes.  I don't own this set, but it definitely exists. It was very limited in scope, but allowed the reader to see the differences in halachot within the page of the Mishna Berura itself.

The new volume of Mishnah Berurah Tiferet - as far as I can tell - doesn't seem to have the Mishna Berura Daf incorporated in the book.  However, from looking at the 6 sample pages provided by Feldheim, one can see that the elucidation is more extensive than that of the Sefat Hashulhan and the other set.  Also, it draws on many various Sephardic sources that were not mentioned by the first two books.

It looks to be a good buy for Sepharadim who want to learn halacha and for Ashkenazim who want a complete halachic picture available.  (And no, I wasn't paid to write this post.)


At Mon Feb 24, 05:25:00 PM 2014, Blogger Israel Tachlis said...

Also very nice is the edition of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that Rav Mordechai Eliyahu put out. It has two sections on the bottom - one showing where the Kitzur differs from the Mishna Bruer and Shulchan Aruch HaRav, the second being where the Sefardi halacha differs based on Maran Shulchan Aruch, Kaf haChaim, Ben Ish Chai and Rav Eliyahu's own psakim. While it obviously conflicts with Rav Ovadia z"l being as it follows the BIH (I don't mind personally as I tend to go by Rav Eliyahu/BIH) even for those who go more like Rav Ovadia it still makes for wondeful daily study material as it covers a broad spectrum of opinions in a very brief and concise manner.


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