Originally published in the Jewish Law Annual 7 (1988), p. 290.
Yair Hayyim Bacharach, Mekor Hayyim, ed. Rabbi Eliyahu Dov Pines, Jerusalem: Makhon Yerushalayim, Vol. I, 1982, Pp. i, 356, Price £12.50; Vol. II, 1984, Pp. ii, 541, Price, £14.50. These beautifully produced volumes contain the text of Shulhan Arukh, Orah Hayyim with the Baer Hetev and the Commentary, together with editorial notes and Introduction, by the famous 17th century German Halakhist, published from manuscript for the first time. A bonus for students of Jewish law is the publication of the various approbations by Bacharach’s Rabbinic contemporaries. Bacharach had the misfortune to be anticipated by the classical Commentaries of the Taz and the Magen Avraham but both he and the editor call attention both to where he agrees and where he takes issue with these and other commentators. L.J.