New Book: Ramat Hashulchan

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Mazal tov to Rabbi Ari Enkin on the publication of his new book, Ramat HaShulchan: Halachic Insights & Responsa, another volume in his series of “halakhic prose” (on his style, see here: link). Copies can only be purchased directly from him: e-mail link. Note that this book is mostly non-blog essays. Here is the book’s description:

As with the previous volumes, Ramat Hashulchan discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues in a very unique and broad manner. The style is very clear, articulate, and engaging. There are over 2500 marei mekomot. It’s been called “An experience and education in Halacha like no other”.

Among the 100 topics are:

Changing the Tune in Lecha Dodi
Semicha – Rabbinic Ordination
Chazzanim (History & Halacha)
Shalom Zachar
The Katlanit
Pet Care
Is a Hat & Jacket Required for prayer?
The Uman Pilgrimage
Kohanim & Kivrei Tzaddikim
Eating in Public
Concluding “Ga’al Yisrael”
…..and much much more!

Among the Haskamot:

Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt
Rabbi Gedaliah Dov Schwartz – “I was amazed…clear and easy to understand”
Rabbi Zev Leff – “Masterfully presented, interesting, enjoyable…highly recommended”
Rabbi Seraya Deblitzky
Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl
Rabbi Shaar Yashuv Cohen
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner – “A much needed sefer…”
…..and others

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. does R. Seraya Deblitzky read english?

  2. doesnt 99% of halachic writing qualify as “prose”? or is there another alternative to “prose” other than “poetry”

  3. Benny-

    Good point.

    No he doesnt it. He gave me the haskama (yes, it is a full ‘haskama’ and not a ‘michtav bracha’) on the recommendation of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt and others.

    He was also very impressed that I am a “working guy” and still manage to write sefarim. He likes that very much.

    Ari Enkin

  4. Moshe-

    Free delivery right to your door if you buy a copy! We could finally meet face to face.

    Ari Enkin

  5. Moshe: Prose in the sense of fully written in a language accessible to the public rather than in rabbinic Hebrew or a loosely translated English that consists largely of notes and Talmudic allusions.

  6. I assume it means that it is not written like shemirat shabbat kehilchata- but rather in full sentences and paragraphs.

  7. Prose-


    Ari Enkin

  8. What is the source of the title?

  9. Shlomo-

    Its a play on words for “Ramat Beit Shemesh” and “Shulchan Aruch”

    Ari Enkin

  10. Mazel Tov! What’s the price here in Israel?

  11. In Israel – 85 nis including postage.

    Ari Enkin

  12. mazal tov! how much doees it cost in the US?

  13. Mayer-


    Ari Enkin

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