About this Text
The Shulchan Arukh HaRav is an 18th-century legal code used by many chasidic Jews as a basis for daily practice. It was written by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder and first rebbe of the Chabad branch of chasidic Judaism (referred to in Chabad as the “alter rebbe”), who was charged by his teacher, Rabbi Dov Ber “the Maggid” of Mezeritch with the task of writing an updated version of the Shulchan Arukh that would be concise, conclusive and accessible for contemporary chasidic Jews. It is considered an authoritative halakhic text outside of chasidic circles as well, and is frequently cited by later authorities like the Mishnah Berurah and the Ben Ish Chai. Much of the original text of Shulchan Arukh HaRav was destroyed in a fire and the surviving text accounts for only about a third of the original.
Author: Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Composed: Belarus, c.1795 - c.1805 CE