It is certainly unique for an individual to be approached by the Torah scholars of his generation with a request to write a sefer. Yet, this is what happened, almost two hundred years ago to Rabbi Avrohom Danzig. Contemporary Torah authorities advised him to produce a work which would provide a synopsis of all the laws contained in the Yoreh Deah section of the Shulchan Aruch. The result, Sefer Chochmas Adam, has become a modern classic. It is still the only published guide to provide a complete yet succinct review of these important halachos. The importance of this sefer is demonstrated by the renowned rabbonim associated with it. It was written in consultation with two of the greatest Torah scholars of the time - Rabbi Chayim of Volozhin and Rabbi Yaakov of Lisa (the Chavos Da'as). Reportedly, the Chasam Sofer instructed his son that if he had to make a halachic decision and did not have time to refer to the Shulchan Aruch, he could look into the Chochmas Adam and rule in accordance with his opinion. Judaica Press is pleased to present this first volume of a new edition of the Sefer Chochmas Adam, which covers Hilchos Basar B'Chalav - " The Laws of Meat and Milk." Many new features enhance this edition, making it a useful learning tool for the beginner as well as the accomplished scholar: A clear, lucid English translation of the entire text, comprehensive English commentary providing extensive background material and clear explanation of the text, as well as selected halachic decisions of contemporary authorities, A newly revised and uniquely formatted edition of the Hebrew text, helpful introductions and appendices. Two additional volumes, covering the laws of mixtures (ta'aruvos) and the laws of niddah, are currently in preparation.
Translated by Dr. Yehoshua Cohen
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