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Last Edited
June 12 2003

The Technique:
The Concept and its Importance

The concept of our Gemara is very simple. The Gemara text itself is the standard (Vilna edition) Gemara (newly typesetted with various textual corrections, based on first editions, before the censors), with two major additions:

a.      Halacha Brura: on the bottom of each page we have the Halacha Brura, which was written by Rav Kook himself. The Rav copied the Rambam's and the Shulchan Aruch's Halachic decisions for each topic discussed on that page of the Gemara. Sometimes he skipped certain phrases and left only the relevant parts of the original text, and sometimes he quoted the continuation of a text, in order to give a clearer picture of the Halachic decision. From time to time, the Rav also added a few notes of his own, where he saw fit to do so. Thus this provides a concise halachic perspective on the topic discussed in the Gemara.

b.       <>Berur Halacha: The second part, printed at the back of each Gemara, is the Berur Halacha, which consists of a summary of all the different Shitot (views), of the Rishonim and Achronim, that have impact on the Halachic conclusion of each Sugya, whether they affect the main discussion, or touch only a side point. Each Shita is discussed thoroughly, explaining its reasoning and how it fits in with the Sugya, whether that Shita has a variant reading (Girsa) in the Sugya or is based on a different source contradicting the Sugya being discussed. All this is presented in an orderly manner, starting with the main title of each topic, along with subtitles for each subtopic. Another important aspect dealt with is the final Halachic conclusion as determined by the Rambam, compared with the Shulchan Aruch's conclusion. Furthermore, based on the many commentaries on the Rambam, we check whether his Shita is a new view, or corresponds to that of other Rishonim.

The Berur Halacha project covers all aspects of Torah learning. It includes the various aspects and commentaries on each Sugya, and at the same time gives a summary of the Halachic conclusion according to each Shita. In this way it has practical use, by studying Jewish law directly from its Talmudic sources, without missing the dimension of intensive learning that deals with the structure and reasoning of the different opinions and commentaries in each Sugya, thus delving into the theoretical speculative side of studying Gemara.

Since we are dealing with tremendous amounts of complicated material, more lengthy and complex than the Gemara itself, it is essential that each Sugya be summarized concisely, remaining accurate and clear. This we achieve using the experience we acquired working on the 21 volumes already put out (with four more on the way, one which is now under final editing).

The Objective:

The objective is to unify the learning (leemood) with the Halacha, two disciplines which are interrelated. As the Meiri states in his preface to "Bet Hab'chira": "He who will not be concerned with the Psak (halachic decision), will often not succeed with the correct Perush (explanation)."

Thus a very systematic, efficient and accurate way of learning Gemara in light of the Halacha is provided, without compromising the length and depth required for both!


The Value:

This unique structure gives five basic contributions to the "Foundation of the Torah for Generations":

1.      <>Enhances learning by giving a short and clear summary of each Sugya, emphasizing how the Rambam and Shulchan Aruch derived their Halachic conclusions, as compared to other commentaries and poskim.

2.      <>Focuses learning by concentrating on the main topics discussed by the Commentaries, in the light of the Halacha.

3.      <>Covers all Halachic views among the poskim, including views that are not so well known, being that they were not dealt with by the Bet Yosef or other Achronim, and Halachic questions sometimes not mentioned even by the Ein Mishpat!

4.      <>Can help clarify difficult Halachic opinions, which differ from standard opinions of Rishonim, by comparing them to other Rishonim and to less known Achronim who may have dealt with that Shita.

5.      <>Serves as an important compendium of sources for researchers and Poskim.

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