Section: Seforim Category: Introduction
|Orchos Shabbos - Defining Hilchos Shabbos For A Generation|
I once heard, although I have not verified it, that when the Michabrim of the Orchos Shabbos showed the manuscript to Rav Shmuel Auerbach and asked for a haskama, he said that if the sefer is going to be become a fundamental resource for Hilchos Shabbos they need to go back and strengthen the footnotes. With words like that from their revered Rebbi, the two Michabrim both famous poskim in their own right, went back it was to the drawing board. After working for a long time to satisfy their Rebbi's critique, they came back with the first volume of Orchos Shabbos. The rest as they say is history (see Rav Shmuel Auerbach's haskama as it seems to lend credence to this story).
Every generation has a defining Sefer on Hilchos Shabbos, bringing the masses clear easy to understand halachos of shabbos including all the contemporary issues that come up over the years as technology advances and so does the complexities of the way we do things. When I was younger it was Shmiras Shabbos KiHilchoso by Rav Yehoshua Neuwirth, a talmid of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. Judging from sales in the shuls and in seforim stores around town for latest volumes Bais and Gimmel, the Orchos Shabbos seems to have now filled this coveted number one spot in every family's bookshelf.
This honor seems truly deserved. Both Rav Sholom Yosef Gelber and Rav Yitzchok Mordechai HaKohen Rubin (a Dayan on the Bais Din of Rav Nissim Karelitz) are no newcomers to writing seforim. Rav Rubin's sefer on Hilchos Nida, Mareh Kohen is one of the most popular on the subject. The michabrim have an extraordinary talent for teaching the most complex issues even to those previously unfamiliar with the topic. If you are from the few that have not scooped this sefer off the shelves yet, hurry because they are probably almost gone.
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