Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Great Kashrut Book

Rabbi Pinchas Cohen's book "A Practical Guide to the Laws of Kashrut: Hukhat HaHayim" has been a tremendous resource for me. I originally saw it on one of my Rav's shelves, and after borrowing it from him, couldn't keep my eyes or hands off of it--I stayed up until 4 a.m. one morning reading it!

Why should you get this book? "A Practical Guide.." offers practical advice, explains different stances between Ashkenazim and Sephardim, and gives LOTS of sources for many different issues within kashrut. There is a wonderful section on pots and pans (eino ben yomo v ben yomo) as well as a fabulous, thorough dictionary. The book also gives readers a sense of being in control of their kashrut, as well as catering to a beginner and more advanced audience. Plus, Rabbi Cohen tells readers the leniencies AND the stringencies.


R. Cohen works at Yeshivat Har Etzion, which is one of the most highly regarded yeshivot in the dati-leumi world. The yeshiva is located in Alon Shvut, Israel:

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