By COLlive reporter
Taharah Kahalachah, one of the most widely respected and practical books about the complex laws of Jewish family purity, was translated into English for the first time since its publication in 1998.
Authored by Rabbi Yekusiel Farkash, a prominent halachic authority who lives in Jerusalem, Israel, the book reviews the practice that is the cornerstone of Jewish family life and continuity for common understanding.
Rabbi Farkash’s rulings drew upon a wealth of knowledge and interactions he personally had with contemporary poskim renowned for their expertise in these laws, such as Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer OBM and Rabbi Shmuel Vozner.
The book has quickly become the foremost authoritative book addressing the laws of taharas hamishpachah and has proven itself as the most detailed and up-to-date work dealing with this important area of Jewish life.
Similar to the Hebrew version, the new book aims to elucidate the numerous details and address the many possible scenarios in a clear and user-friendly manner that will allow the reader to find necessary answers whenever the need arises.
“This book is unique when compared to other books on the topic, which are generally limited to the essentials of taharas hamishpachah alone and do not address the majority of the laws,” said the translator, Rabbi Yehudah Altein of Crown Heights.
“On the other hand, it does not include every possible circumstance and detail either; rather, laws that are uncommon have been omitted, while all those important to be aware of in a Jewish home have been included,” he said.
In the new English book, additional laws that have not been cited in the original book have been added. Rabbi Farkash’s attention was directed to these laws by various Rabbis and mikvah instructors who noted their importance and suggested that they be added.
Another unique addition is the inclusion of an entirely new chapter dedicated to the laws of yichud.
The book will be available in Judaica stores or online for a discounted price at mikvah.org