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Sefer Mekor Chaim

This Sefer does not merely teach Hilchos Shabbos but details the Mesora and process of Halacha. There are many excellent contemporary works that teach what one may or may not do on Shabbos. This Sefer explores why this is the Halacha; how it developed over millennia. The reader is encouraged to study through the Sugya rather than just read the conclusion, and to read through the Mareh Mekomos, sources, themselves.

Many of the works of the greatest Rishonim and Acharonim are deemed to be inaccessible for all but the greatest Talmidei Chachamim. By extracting some of the relevant snippets, the Sefer presents the words of R’ Akiva Eiger, R’ Moshe Feinstein, R’ Ovadia Yosef and so many other Gedolim in an accessible format, all with Nikud.

.הַרְבֵּה לָמַדְתִּי מֵרַבּוֹתַי, וּמֵחֲבֵירַי יוֹתֵר מֵרַבּוֹתַי, וּמִתַּלְמִידַי יוֹתֵר מִכּוּלָן.

I have learned much from my teachers, and even more from my colleagues, but from my students I have learned most of all. (Taanis 7a)


דיין יצחק דב ברגר

Dayan Berger

The author has succeeded in producing a valuable work that presents the Halachos in an easily accessible manner, whilst offering additional explanations and sources for the topics under discussion. This enables the reader to learn about contemporary and relevant aspects of Hilchos Shabbos as well as providing an opportunity to understand how these laws are derived from the original sources. This work will be a valuable addition to the library of anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Hilchos Shabbos.

רב יהודה ליב לואיס

R' Yehuda Leib Lewis

You have clearly invested many years in producing this work which examines practical aspects of the Shabbos laws in the English language to enable English readers to understand and appreciate these laws in a clear and simple way. This will thereby enhance their knowledge, understanding and observance of the Shabbos laws. Additionally, you have provided Hebrew sources which will enable the interested student to study these laws in greater depth and to examine the background and rationale of the rulings in this Sefer.

Chaim Cohen

Rabbi, Teacher, Author.

Chaim was born and brought up in Manchester. He went to Manchester Jewish Grammar School and then went on to study at Gateshead and Mir Yeshivas. Chaim worked for Aish HaTorah, teaching and running a training programme for one-to-one study while studying for Semicha. In 2004, Chaim and his wife, Dvora, moved to the United States where he continued teaching and training, as well as running events for campus students. After 5 years in the United States he returned to England where he spent a couple of years in Leeds where he was Rabbi on University Campus. Chaim has now returned to his home-town, Manchester where he is the Associate Rabbi of Stenecourt. Chaim also teaches at King David High School and is the Rabbi of Yavneh Girls High School.

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