Shulchan-Aruch – From Teacher to Student
The Holy Alsheich referred to the book of Devarim, Mishneh Torah, as a set table, a Shulchan-Aruch. Does this name ring a bell? It’s the most famous Code of Jewish Law, written by one of the greatest Torah giants of all time, Rabbi Yosef Karo of Tzfat, a city in northern Israel. Shulchan-Aruch is a clear, concise list of all Jewish laws, guiding us from the time we wake up in the morning until the time we go to sleep at night. It is a carefully organized book – like a beautifully set table. No wonder he named it Shulchan-Aruch – “the set table.”
And guess what? Rabbi Moshe Alsheich was Rabbi Yosef Karo’s student! Could it be that the Holy Alsheich had his teacher’s Shulchan-Aruch book in mind when he wrote,
“it should be as clear to them as a Shulchan-Aruch”? After all, the Book of Devarim was sort of the “Code of Jewish Law” for Bnei Yisrael now entering Eretz Yisrael!