What constitutes a halachic decision? How do we arrive at each conclusion? Why is the process so complex?
In The Making of a Halachic Decision, Rabbi Moshe Walter leads us through the route that has been traversed through the ages by our greatest halachic decisors. Using a simple, straightforward style, Rabbi Walter explores the history of halachic decision making, beginning with the Rif and the Rambam and continuing through the Mishnah Berurah and contemporary halachic works. Comprehensive definitions of halachic terminology are elucidated, along with the laws of ruling on halachic queries and their application.
Drawing on his broad background in Torah learning, Rabbi Walter illuminates the complex world of p’sak halachah, complete with extensive footnotes for scholars and a glossary of names and terms for beginners. In this groundbreaking work covering a range of fundamental concepts, your questions on the halachic process will be acknowledged and examined, ultimately resulting in an infinitely deeper appreciation of the ins and outs of this area of Torah.
"…This work will be a great benefit for both teachers and students.” – Rav Dovid Cohen, shlita Congregation G’vul Yavetz, Brooklyn, NY
"Anyone who accesses this work will gain understanding in many of the issues dealt with within its pages.” – Rav Ephraim Greenblatt, shlita Author of She’eilos U’Teshuvos Rivevos Efrayim and former Rav and Av Beis Din of Memphis, Tennessee
"Many [readers] will enjoy a deep understanding of the halachic process in the organized manner [it is presented here].” – Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita Rosh Yeshivah, Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia