SHABBAT, THE RIGHT WAY: Resolving Halachic Dilemmas
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by Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
Hardcover, 203 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-021-4
How do Rabbis arrive at the answers to questions?
Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen provides both the answers to questions on Shabbat observance and a look
at the process by which the answers are derived. He also analyzes contemporary, controversial
Shabbat issues such as the possibility for a Shabbat bus, women’s cosmetics, and the building of an
Eruv. According to Rabbi Cohen, "Halachah, the distinctly unique Jewish legal system, crystallizes
the guidelines of Judaism. It makes us into Jews and marks us as Jewish. As such, an understanding
of the halachic process provides insight into the inner soul of Jewish life itself."
There are many books that address questions of Shabbat observance. Shabbat: The Right Way
differs in that it provides definitive direction as well as openly sharing the analysis. For the person
seeking to understand Jewish law, this book offers the opportunity to learn why Jews do certain
things. For those already familiar with halachah, this book will serve as a springboard for deeper
study, and all readers will come away with a sense of what is at the heart of Judaism.
About the Author
The scion of eighteen generations of rabbis, Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen is the
author of six highly regarded books of Halacha. He was ordained by HaRav
R. Yitzchok Hutner z”l, of Yeshivat Rav Chaim Berlin, and has served as
community Rabbi in New Jersey, California, and Australia. Rabbi Cohen is
the founder of a national rabbinic think tank and served at the helm of
several national and local rabbinic and communal organizations. He is the
recipient of the Rabbinic Leadership Award from the West Coast Region of
the Orthodox Union and was honored with the “Jerusalem Prize” in 2002
for Rabbinic Leadership and Scholarship. His column, Halachic Questions,
appears in The Jewish Press. His writings have been acclaimed as “remarkable
achievements” that “succeed in creating genuine Torah excitement” and
include How Does Jewish Law Work (vol. 1 and 2), Timely Jewish Questions:
Timeless Rabbinic Answers, Intermarriage and Conversion, The Jewish Heart, and The
613th Commandment. Rabbi Cohen lives with his wife Shoshana in West Palm
Beach, Florida, where he is the spiritual leader of Congregation Aitz Chaim.
PRAISE FOR RABBI COHEN’S PREVIOUS BOOKS
"A major contribution to a much neglected mitzvah."
–Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm
"...I can assert that this book will positively serve as a valuable addition to the library in every
Jewish home, thereby spreading and strengthening the knowledge of Torah."
–Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau
"Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen has established an outstanding reputation as a scholar and writer, a fine halakhist
and an original thinker. He is a bold and distinctive presence in contemporary Orthodoxy."
–Chief Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks
"The 613th Commandment is evidence of the erudition, keen mind and ability in pilpulei de’oraita
of its author.... It is a notable addition to the growing library of Torah sefarim in the English
language and will be valued and enjoyed by rabbis and laymen alike."
–Solomon J. Sharfman, Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Thought
"I consider your sefer a remarkable achievement. It presents in the English language the full
flavor of ‘talking in learning.’ You have made it possible for those limited to English to be able to
follow the flow of Talmudic reasoning involved in elucidating a 'Sugya' – a Talmudic discourse."
–Rabbi Yaakov S. Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva, Ner Israel, Baltimore