Beyond a Code of Jewish Law: Rabbi Avraham Danzig’s Ḥayei Adam by Simcha Fishbane

Beyond a Code of Jewish Law: Rabbi Avraham Danzig’s Ḥayei Adam by Simcha Fishbane

Judaism and Jewish Life

The Ḥayei Adam, an abridged code of Jewish law, was written by Rabbi Avraham Danzig (1748-1820) and was first published in 1810. This code spread quickly throughout Europe, and the demand for it required a second publishing which the author printed in 1818. Beyond a Code of Jewish Law attempts to understand the implicit message of its author and discuss various approaches of its writer to both Judaism and Jewish law. While the Ḥayei Adam without any doubt unveils Rabbi Danzig to be a brilliant rabbinic scholar, with a comprehensive knowledge of Jewish law as well as a coherent and concise system of presentation, it also expresses his great concern for the Jewish community and each individual Jew. Aspects of this concern such as Hasidism, musar, kabbalah, are explored.

Year first published: 2021

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