By Samson Raphael Grunfeld
NER EYAL is a handbook that explains in simple language,
the basic Talmudic and Halachic concepts of Shabbat, Yom Tov and other topics in Seder
Tracing these concepts back to their Torah origins, NER
EYAL guides you through the debates in the Talmud and the Rishonim to the Halachic
conclusions, while tying them to everyday examples from contemporary
Whether you once learned these concepts, like Psik Reishe or Mitoch
Shehutra Letzorech, in Yeshiva and forgot them or never had the opportunity
to do so and want to catch up, this book summarizes 72 concepts each in single page
bites allowing you to capture or recapture their essence on a train ride or
in a study group.
Raphael Grunfeld, the author of Ner
Eyal, is the son of the late Dayan Dr. I. Grunfeld of the London Beit Din,
the author of The Sabbath, The Jewish Dietary Laws and The Jewish Laws of
Inheritance, and translator of the works of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.
After studying Talmud at the Gateshead Yeshiva in England, Raphael
received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Tel-Aviv University and his
Master of Laws degree from London University. He is a member of the Israel
and New York Bars. Raphael practiced law in Israel for twelve years before
moving to New York in 1985, where he is a partner in the Wall Street Law
firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn. Raphael lives in Riverdale, New York,
with his wife and two sons.
"As a lawyer, practicing for many years," says Raphael Grunfeld,
"I found it a most challenging task to convey complex, legal concepts
in simple language. Hiding behind legal terminology is a temptation to be
avoided if you want to convey a clear message to your client.
Many people, otherwise capable of
understanding Halachic concepts, are barred from doing so by the technical
language in which Halachah is sometimes written.
Borrowing from the legal practice, it occurred to me that, perhaps, a key
to the understanding of Halachic concepts is to convey them in
simple language while, at the same time, introducing their technical terms
to the reader."
The topics included in this volume and
in the upcoming volume of Ner Eyal on Seder Nashim are featured weekly on
the OU Website (ou.org).