Für den sauberen Tisch

Für den sauberen Tisch © 2013

6 min, 20 sec, video
music: Richard Wagner – Parsifal – Overture

The Shulchan Aruch (“Set Table”) is a compendium of those areas of the halachah — Jewish religious law — that are applicable today. It was composed by Rabbi Yosef Karo of Safed (Israel) in the 1560’s, and became generally accepted as authoritative after Rabbi Moshe Isserls of Cracow (Poland) supplemented it in the 1570’s with notes (known as the Mappah – “Tablecloth”) giving the rulings followed by Ashkenazic Jews.