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Ba'er Hetev

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Ba'er Hetev (also B’er Heteb[1] or Ba'er Heiteiv; Hebrew: באר היטב lit. "explaining well" or "explained well", based on Deut. 27:8; the vocalization "Be'er" is a traditional alternative) is a Hebrew commentary on the Shulchan Aruch, the chief codification of Jewish law. The commentary's two halves were authored by different individuals.[2]

On the sections of Orach Chaim and Even HaEzer, the commentary was written by Yehudah ben Shimon Ashkenazi (d. 1743), rabbi of Tykocin, Poland.

On the sections of Choshen Mishpat and Yoreh De'ah, the commentary was written by Zechariah Mendel ben Aryeh Leib, a Polish rabbi who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries.


  1. ^ Trachtenberg, Joshua (2004) [Originally published 1939]. "HEBREW SOURCES, PRINTED". Jewish Magic and Superstition. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 320. ISBN 9780812218626. Retrieved Mar 13, 2023.
  2. ^ "Codes of Jewish Law and their Commentaries: Historical Notes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2009-02-16.