“Peninei Halakha” is a comprehensive series of books on Jewish law designed for the contemporary reader. In a clear, concise and methodical style, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed explains the halakha (Jewish law).
Aided by the clear language and by the gradual explanation of the ideas – from the generalities to the particular applications – a beginner in Judaism will find in this book a wonderful companion. Nonetheless, an experienced student, familiar with Talmudic study, will also find information to clarify and organize his own knowledge of halakha, and to give it a solid foundation.
Various volumes of “Peninei Halakha” are studied daily in families in Israel and throughout the Jewish world and in Torah study centers, and serve as textbooks in many Israeli schools. With over 1,000,000 copies published, today “Peninei Halakha” is one of the most popular, widely read, and beneficial works in the field of Judaism.
Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, Rabbi Avraham Shapira, Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi Doron, all former Chief Rabbi’s of Israel, and of blessed memory, and Rabbi Meir Mazuz, dean of Yeshiva Kisse Rahamim, are just a few of the authorities who have honored the “Peninei Halakha” series with their recommendation.
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed shlita is the Rabbi of the community of Har Bracha, where he is the Head of the Yeshiva (center for Talmudic study). In addition to the nineteen volumes of “Peninei Halakha” published to date, he is the author of a weekly article “Revivim” in the ‘Besheva’ newspaper which he helped found, and continues to publish the works of Rabbi Tzaddok HaKohen of Lublin. He was awarded the “Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook Prize for Jewish Creativity” in 2013.
In this book, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed addresses the laws pertaining to the Yamim Nora’im, the Days of Awe. As its name indicates, it covers the laws and observances that guide us from the beginning of the month of Elul through the end of Yom Kippur: Seliḥot and other special practices during Elul; the prayers of Rosh Ha-shana; the laws of the shofar; the Ten Days of Repentance; and the prayers and deprivations of Yom Kippur. It also addresses key themes of the period: God’s judgment of the world in general and the people of Israel in particular, and the need for collective repentance. Finally, the book pays special attention to the observance of Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur while the Temple stood, may it be rebuilt speedily in our days.