A Table or a Book?!
One of the greatest Torah giants of all time was Rabbi Yosef Karo. He was born in Spain, just a few years before Columbus discovered America in 1492. That same year, all Spanish Jews were driven out of their home country, including little Yosef. Later, he moved to Tzfat, a city in northern Israel, and wrote The Code of Jewish Law.
In this book is a clear, concise list of all the laws, guiding us from the time we wake up in the morning until the time we go to sleep at night. It also includes the laws of Jewish holidays, business dealings, damages, and marriage.
Rabbi Yosef did such an incredible job that after close to 500 years, it is still the most popular book of Jewish law, studied by Jews throughout the world. He became affectionately known as “the Mechaber,” the master author.
What was his secret of success?
It was a carefully organized book – like a beautifully set table. No wonder he named it “Shulchan Aruch” – “the set table.”