Shulchan Aruch


Shulchan Aruch (SHOOL-khan AH-ruch) listen
Shulchan Aruch (shool-KHAN ah-RUKH) listen


  • n. 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

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


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


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

      Alternative Spellings

      Shulchan Arukh, Shulkhan Arukh


  • 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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