Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Harav Chaim Kanievsky on Rambam Hilchot Zera'im - a very useful Sefer

I am learning currently with a Chavruta Rambam Hilchot Kilayim and Rav Moshe Chodosh during a visit recommended to me Derech Emunah by Harav Chaim Kanievsky. It is excellent. Although he is not a Ba’al mechadesh, he has taken the commentaries of the Rishonim, especially his uncle the Chazon Ish’s work on Zeraim and written a concise synopsis of all that is pertinent to the understanding of the Halacha. In the Mishna Berurah style, it is composed of three sections written around Rambam’s Mishne Torah. Derech Emunah is the explanation; Bi'ur Halacha discusses the source and reasoning behind the more complex discussions and Tziyun Hahalacha contains the references for the sources.

Like I said there is not much of Rav Chaim’s own Hidushim in there but it is a great help and a starting point from where to go deeper into the Halachot. Anybody that has tried to work directly with the Chazon Ish knows how difficult it is and requires time. Furthermore the organization of CI is by subject which can take one all over Shas. I highly recommend this sefer to anyone that decides to learn Zeraim. .

There is a separate volume that contains notes and references. I have not yet had a chance to delve into it. When I do I plan to share my impressions.

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