Shulchan Aruch

Alternative Spellings

Shulchan Arukh, Shulkhan Arukh


  • a code of Jewish Law (halachah) written by Rabbi Joseph Caro in four sections, based on the Arba Turim (Tur); with its various commentaries, it is considered the central redaction of Jewish Law.

Example Sentences

  • We learned all the rules for kashering for pesach out of the Shulchan Aruch in yeshiva.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


שולחן ערוך "a set table" (Ashkenazi pronunciation has stress on first syllables: shùlkhn órekh)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


It defines halachah as the majority opinion between the three major previously extant codes: Arba Turim, Mishneh Torah, and Al Fasi. Not to be confused with "Shulchan Aruch ha Rav"

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