Even Ha'ezer

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Title page of an edition of Even Ha'ezer from 1565.

Even Ha'ezer (lit. “The Stone of Help” or “The Rock of the Helpmate[1]) is a section of Rabbi Jacob ben Asher's compilation of halakha (Jewish law), Arba'ah Turim. This section treats aspects of Jewish law related to marriage, divorce, and sexual conduct.[2] Later, Rabbi Yosef Karo modeled the framework of his own compilation of practical Jewish law, the Shulchan Aruch, after the Arba'ah Turim.[3] Many later commentators used this framework as well. Thus, "Even Ha'ezer" in common usage may refer to an area of halakha non-specific to Rabbi Jacob ben Asher's compilation.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

The other three sections of Arba'ah Turim and other works borrowing its organizational scheme are:


  1. ^ Segal, Eliezer (2009). Introducing Judaism. Routledge. p. 220. ISBN 978-0-415-44009-7.
  2. ^ "Jacob ben Asher". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  3. ^ "Joseph ben Ephraim Karo". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-02-03.