In contrast to the Talmud, whose discussions are often esoteric, the
Code of Jewish Law gives us "the bottom line" on correct Jewish
behavior. Rabbi Wein unravels the complex scholarship that went into
codifying the Shulchan Aruch, from the halachic works that preceded it,
such as Maimonides' Yad HaChazakah and the Tor's Orach Chaim, to the
works it later spawned, such as the Chofetz Chaim's Mishna Berura. Each
has withstood the test of time and each wielded such authority that
even today, any compendium of Jewish Law begins with them.