Vilna, 1883. In Yiddish. Two volumes bound in one. Same text re-mastered published by the Mesorah Company, NY in the 1950s & published by the National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst; available at the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library.Wikipedia1 Extract
- Chayei Adam ("The Life of Man") deals with the laws discussed in the Orach Chayim section of the Shulchan Aruch. It is divided into 224 sections - 69 dealing with daily conduct and prayer, and 155 with Shabbat, and holidays. In this work, Rabbi Danzig collected and critically sifted the Acharonic material, in the field of halakha written in the more than two and a half centuries since the appearance of the Shulchan Aruch. Chayei Adam was intended primarily "for the cultured layman", as opposed to rabbinic scholars, and the work is thus presented in a readily accessible form. The parallel work Nishmat Adam, published together with Chayei Adam, discusses the halachic issues in greater depth. The two are usually printed together. The scholarship of the work is evidenced by the fact that Rabbi Chaim Volozhin, known for his opposition to "digests of halacha", granted the work his approbation (on condition that each section be cross-referenced to the Shulchan Aruch to allow for further study). In many cities, societies were formed for the purpose of studying Chayei Adam. The rulings of the Chayei Adam are often cited in later works, especially the Mishnah Berurah.
- Chochmat Adam ("The Wisdom of Man"), similarly, discusses the laws in the Yoreh De'ah section of the Shulchan Aruch, as well as laws from the Even Ha'ezer and Choshen Mishpat sections pertinent to everyday life. Binat Adam on this work corresponds to the Nishmat Adam on Chayei Adam. Chochmat Adam was written in consultation with two of the greatest Torah scholars of the time - Chaim Volozhin and Yaakov of Lisa. Reportedly, the Chatam Sofer instructed his son that when unable to refer to the Shulkhan Arukh, he could reference the Chochmat Adam in making a halachic decision. Similarly, the Chofetz Chaim states in Ahavat Chesed, that when one is unable to consult the Shulchan Aruch as regards the Laws of Interest, one may alternatively rely on Chochmat Adam.
In-Page Footnotes ("Danzig (Abraham) - Books of 'The Life of Man' and 'The Wisdom of Man' (Sefer Chaye Adam & Sepher Chokhmat Adam)")
Footnote 1: See Wikipedia: Avraham Danzig
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