After many months of anticipation, the first volume of the Kleinman edition of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch was released just this week. Originally compiled in 1864 by Harav Shlomo Ganzfried, “the Kitzur” is a digest of the essential laws of Jewish living distilled from the massive, authoritative Code of Law. The widespread use of the Kitzur was evident even in the author’s day, with some twenty reprints in his lifetime alone, and several iterations since.
ArtScroll’s Kleinman Edition of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is presented in the now-familiar style of phrase-by-phrase translation and elucidation which has popularized the Schottenstein Talmud, the Sapirstein Rashi, and the Ramban’s Torah commentary. Readers will appreciate the generous background notes which provide a clear understanding of the relevant laws in each section. Another new feature of this new edition of the Kitzur is the inclusion of relevant rulings from the Mishnah Berurah and the Igros Moshe of Harav Moshe Feinstein zt”l, when they differ from the Kitzur.
The fully-vowelized Hebrew text is that of the Lemberg Edition of 1884, the last edition of the Kitzur that was annotated and approved by Rabbi Ganzfried himself, and which contains his own corrections to earlier editions. ArtScroll acknowledges and thanks the MUNK FAMILY of Bnei Brak for lending their rare copy of that edition for use in preparing this new rendering.
When completed, the Kleinman Edition of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch will constitute five volumes. The project’s patron dedicators are Brochie and Elly Kleinman, whose gracious support helped to launch the well-known Daily Dose of Torah Series One and Series Two. This first volume in the Kitzur series includes Simanim 1-34, which covers the Laws of Early Morning through the Laws of Charity. To download a FREE PREVIEW SAMPLE of the Kleinman Edition of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, featuring Chapter Eighteen – The Laws of the Recitation of Shema, click HERE.
Volume Two in this series is tentatively scheduled for June 2009, with the entire project scheduled for completion in 2011.
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