Biographical Dictionary of Rabbis

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Achiezer
Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (1863-1940). Ashkenazi posek and talmudic scholar in Lithuania and one of the biggest leaders of his generation. author of responsa Achiezer
Aruch Hashulchan
Rabbi Yechiel Michel Halevi Epstein (1829-1908). He was a community rabbi and a posek in Novardok, Lithuania.
Avnei Nezer
Rabbi Avraham Borenstein (1838-1910). A leading ashkenazi posek in Poland, founder of the Socatchover Chassidus, author of Sh"t Avnei Nezer, a set of halachic responsa, and Eglei Tal, a book on the 39 Melachot of shabbat. Father of the Shem Mishmuel
Az Nidberu
Rabbi Binyomin Zilber (1906-2008), ashkenazi posek and member of the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah in Bnei Brak, Israel. Author of Sh"t Az Nidberu (14 volumes), Brit Olam on Shabbat (6 volumes), Beit Baruch on the Chayei Adam (3 volumes) and more.
Bach
Rabbi Yoel Sirkes (1561-1640), Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Poland, author of the bach, the bayit chadash, a commentary on the Tur as well as the Haghot Habach on gemara. Father-in-law of the Taz.
Baer Heitev
Rabbi Yehuda Ashkenazi (1730-1770), Rabbi in Germany, is the author of Baer Heitev on SA OC and EH.
Banim Chavivim
Rabbi Eliyahu HaLevi Yannay (contemporary), Rabbi in Lakewood, NJ, is the author of Banim Chavivim.
Beer Moshe
Rabbi Moshe Stern (1914-1997), also known as the Debrecziner Rav, author of Sh"t Beer Moshe as well as Kuntres HaElectric on the halachic issues of electricity, Rav in Hungary and later moved to New York. Brother of Rav Betzalel Stern
Beit Yosef
Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575), also know as Maran or as the Michaber, the main halachic authority especially for sephardic, author of Kessef Mishne on Rambam, Beit Yosef on Tur, and the Shulchan Aruch.
Ben Ish Chai
Rabbi Yosef Chaim (1832 – 1909) was a leading Sephardic Rabbi, author of the Ben Ish Chai as well as Sh"t Rav Pealim, and Rabbi of Baghdad.
Beur Hagra
Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, the Gra (1720-1797), Lithuanian talmid chacham. Author of aderet eliyahu on torah, beur hagra on SA, Haghot hagra on gemara.
Birkat Hashem
Rabbi Moshe Halevi (1961-2001), major Sephardic posek in Israel, author of Menuchat Ahava on halachot of Shabbat, Milveh Hashem on the laws of loans, as well as Birkat Hashem on halachot of Berachot.
Chacham Tzvi
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh ben Yaakov Ashkenazi (1656-1718), ashkenazic rabbi who served as rabbi in many different communities including sephardic ones in Germany, Poland, England and Amsterdam, father of Rav Yaakov Emden, author of responsa Chacham Tzvi.
Chatam Sofer
Rabbi Moshe Sofer (1762-1839), Born in germany, Rabbi in hungary.
Chayei Adam
Rabbi Avraham Danzig of Vilna (1748-1820). Author of the Chayei Adam dealing with the laws of Orach Chaim as well as the Chochmat Adam, dealing with the other areas of Shulchan Aruch that apply to daily life.
Chavot Daat
Rabbi Yaakov Lorberbaum of Lisa (1759-1832). Rav in Lissa, Poland. Author of the Chavot Daat on Yoreh Deah, the Netivot Hamishpat on Choshen Mishpat, the Torat Gittin on Even Haezer, and the Mekor Chaim and Derech Chaim on Orach Chaim. Grandson of the Chacham Tzvi.
Chazon Ish
Rabbi Avraham Yishaya Karelitz (1878-1953), born in Belarus but emigrated to Israel, one of the leaders of the Charedi movement in Bnei Brak, author of Chazon Ish on Shulchan Aruch, brother-in-law of the Steipler Gaon.
Chazon Ovadia
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013), born in Iraq lives in Israel, former sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, one of the foremost sephardic halachia authorities, author of Sh"t Yechave Daat, Sh"t Yabia Omer, both halachic responsa and Chazon Ovadia with halachot of Shabbat and the holidays. Father of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Rabbi David Yosef
Chelkat Mechokek
Rabbi Moshe Lima (1605-1685), author of chelkat mechokek, commentary on EH, major halachic authority in Lithuania.
Chida
Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai ben Isaac Zerachia (1724 – 1806) was a Jerusalem born Sephardic rabbinical scholar. He is the author of Machzik Bracha, Birkei Yosef, Shem HaGedolim and many other books.
Children in Halacha
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Eglei Tal
Rabbi Avraham Borenstein (1838-1910). A leading ashkenazi posek in Poland, founder of the Socatchover Chassidus, author of Sh"t Avnei Nezer, a set of halachic responsa, and Eglei Tal, a book on the 39 Melachot of shabbat. Father of the Shem Mishmuel
Eliya Rabbah
Rabbi Eliya Shapira (1660-1712), rabbi in Prague, author of Eliya Rabba, a commentary on Orach Chaim of Shulchan Aruch and Eliyahu Zuta, commentary on the Levush.
Eliyahu Zuta
Rabbi Eliya Shapira (1660-1712), rabbi in Prague, author of Eliya Rabba, a commentary on Orach Chaim of Shulchan Aruch and Eliyahu Zuta, commentary on the Levush.
Emek Bracha
Rabbi Aryeh Pomaronchik (1908 - 1942), student of the Brisker Rav, wrote a sefer of chiddusim called Emek Bracha.
Halacha Brurah
Rabbi David Yosef (1957- ), sephardic posek in Yerushalayim. The author of Halacha Brurah, a commentary on Shulchan Aruch, Torat Hamoadim, on the laws of the holidays and Torat Hatahara, on the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha. Son of Chacham Ovadia Yosef and brother of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef
Halichos Bas Yisrael
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs, contemporary ashkenazi posek in Israel, the author of Halichos Bas Yisrael, a woman's guide to Jewish observance, Halichot Bein Adam Lachavero, on the laws between man and his fellow, Halichot haKashrut, on the laws related to kashrut, and Tefilla Kihilchita, on the laws of Tefilla.
Halichot Bein Adam Lachavero
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs, contemporary ashkenazi posek in Israel, the author of Halichos Bas Yisrael, a woman's guide to Jewish observance, Halichot Bein Adam Lachavero, on the laws between man and his fellow, Halichot haKashrut, on the laws related to kashrut, and Tefilla Kihilchita, on the laws of Tefilla.
Halichot Hakashrut
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs, contemporary ashkenazi posek in Israel, the author of Halichos Bas Yisrael, a woman's guide to Jewish observance, Halichot Bein Adam Lachavero, on the laws between man and his fellow, Halichot haKashrut, on the laws related to kashrut, and Tefilla Kihilchita, on the laws of Tefilla.
Hamoadim Bihalacha
Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin (1888-1978), founder and chief editor of Encyclopedia Talmudit, born in Europe but moved to Israel, author of Hamoadim Biahalacha and Latorah Vilamoaadim.
Iggerot Moshe
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986), Lithuanian Rav who became one of the leading authorities of his generation in North America, author of Sh"t Iggerot Moshe, Dibrot Moshe on Gemara, and Darash Moshe on the Torah.
Kaf Hachayim (Sofer)
Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer (1870-1939), sephardic rav and posek, born in Baghdad and moved to Israel, author of a halachic work called Kaf Hachayim, set up as a commentary to Shulchan Aruch.
Kaf Hachaim (Palachi)
Rabbi Chaim Palachi (1788-1869), sephardic rabbi from Turkey, author of many sefarim, most famously the Kaf Hachaim.
Kessef Mishne
Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575), also know as Maran or as the Michaber, the main halachic authority especially for sephardic, author of Kessef Mishne on Rambam, Beit Yosef on Tur, and the Shulchan Aruch.
Ketzot Hachoshen
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Heller Hakohen (1745-1813). Author of Ketzot Hachoshen on SA CM, Avnei Miluim on EH and Shev Shamytsa on the gemara. Brother of the Kuntres Hasfekos.
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried (1804-1886), Hungarian posek and rabbi in Ungvar, author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rabbi Rafael Baruch Toledano
Rabbi Rafael Baruch Toledano (1890 - 1970) was the Rabbi of Meknes, Morocco and author of a compendium of Sephardic Halacha and Moroccan minhagim in a book titled Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
Laws of Daily Living
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Laws of the Three Weeks
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Laws of Yom Tov
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Lechem Mishneh
Rabbi Avraham de Boton (1545-1588), author of lechem Mishneh on the Rambam, Rav in Salonica, Greece.
Machatzit Hashekel
Rabbi Shmuel Kelin Halevi (1724-1806), author of machatzit hashekel on the Magen Avraham.
Magen Avraham
Rabbi Avraham Gombiner Halevi (1637-1683), Rav in poland, author of Magen Avraham on SA OC.
Maharam Shick
Rabbi Moshe Shick (1807-1879), Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbi in Hungary, author of Sh"t Maharam Shick as well as Chiddushim on Gemara and the Torah.
Melamed Leho'il
Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffman (1843-1921), Rabbi in Germany, author of Sh"t Melamed Leho'il.
Menuchat Ahava
Rabbi Moshe Halevi (1961-2001), major Sephardic posek in Israel, author of Menuchat Ahava on halachot of Shabbat, Milveh Hashem on the laws of loans, as well as Birkat Hashem on halachot of Berachot.
Milveh Hashem
Rabbi Moshe Halevi (1961-2001), major Sephardic posek in Israel, author of Menuchat Ahava on halachot of Shabbat, Milveh Hashem on the laws of loans, as well as Birkat Hashem on halachot of Berachot.
Minchat Shlomo
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (1910-1995), one of the leading Ashkenazic halachic authorities of his generation, Rosh Yeshiva of Kol Torah in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Minchat Shlomo, Minchat Shlomo on gemara, Meorei Esh on electricity in Halacha, Maadanei Eretz on agricultural halacha. His rulings are predominantly quoted in Halichot Shlomo, Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchita and Nishmat Avraham.
Minchat Yitzchak
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss (1902-1989), ashkenaz dayan and posek, Rav and Av Beit Din in Romania, then in Manchester, England. Headed the Eidah Charedis in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Minchat Yitzchak.
Mishna Brurah
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1838 – 1933), known popularly as The Chofetz Chaim from his book on the laws of Lashon Hara, was an influential Lithuanian Rabbi, author of the Mishna Brurah as well as the Beur Halacha which is in more detail and the Shaar Hatziyun which quotes sources
Mishne Lamelech
Rabbi Yehuda Rosannes (1657-1727), Rabbi of Constantinople, Author of Mishna Lamelech on the Mishne Torah.
Mishne Torah
Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, the Rambam (1135 - 1204). Born in Spain, was one of the foremost Jewish philosophers with his Moreh Nevuchim. He also wrote a commentary on the Mishnayot as well as a fourteen volume code of law, called Mishne Torah, sometimes referred to as Yad Hachazaka.
Mishpatei Uziel
Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Chai Uziel (1880-1953), sephardic chief Rabbi of Israel from 1939-1954, author of Sh"t Mishpatei Uziel, and Shaarei Uziel.
Muktzeh, A Practical Guide
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Noda Biyehuda
Rabbi Yechezkel Landau Halevi (1713-1794), European Rabbi, Author of Noda Biyehuda, the tzlach (tziyun linefesh chayah) on gemara, and the dagul merivava on the SA.
Or Litzion
Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul (1924-1988), one of the leading sephardic rabbis and halachic authorities of his generation, Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Or Litzion.
Pitchei Teshuva
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Hirsch Eisenstadt (1813-1868), Rabbi in Utian, Russia. Author of Pitchei Teshuva on YD, CM, and EH as well as on the sefer, Gittin Ve’chalitza, and Nachalat Shiva on works of early Acharonim.
Pri Chadash
Rabbi Chizkiya da Silva (1659-1698), born in Italy but lived much of his life in Israel. Author of Pri Chadash on SA.
Pri Megadim
Rabbi Yosef Teomim (1727-1792), Galician Rabbi, Author of Pri Megadim: Mishbetzot Zahav on the Taz, Eshel Avraham on the Magen Avraham, and Siftei Daat on the Shach. Also author of Porat Yosef on yevamot and ketubot as well as ginat veradim on gemara.
Radiance of Shabbos
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Rama
Rabbi Moshe Isserles (1525-1572), Rabbi in Cracow, Poland, major ashkenazic halachic authority. Author of Darkei Moshe on the Tur, Sh"t Harama a set of responsa, and most famously the haghot on the SA.
Rashba
Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet (1235-1310), one of the foremost Sephardic Rishonim in Spain, known as the Rashba, the acronym of his name, author of commentary on the Gemara Chiddushei Harashba, Torat Habayit on laws of kashrut, and of a set of Responsa.
Rif
Rabbi Yitzchak Alfasi (1013-1103), one of the earliest Sephardic rishonim and halachic deciders, known by the acronym of his name, Rif, author of Halachot published in the back of the gemaras.
Rivivot Ephraim
Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt (1932-2004), grew up and passed away in Yerushalayim but was a prominent ashkenazi posek and leader in Memphis. Author of Sh"t Rivivot Ephraim, responsa on many different topics in contemporary halacha.
Rosh
Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel (1250-1327), often referred to by the acronym of his name, Rosh, one of the more prominent Ashkenazic Rishonim, born in Germany, died in Spain, author of commentary published in the back of the gemaras, father of the Tur.
Salmat Chaim
Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld (1848-1932), ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, founder of Eidah Hacharedis, author of Sh"t Salmat Chaim.
Sanctity of Shabbos
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Shaagas Aryeh
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Ginzberg (1695-1785), Lithuanian Rav and author of responsa, Sh"t Shaagas Aryeh; Turei Even, a commentary on Masechet Rosh Hashana, Chagiga and Megilla; Gevurat Ari on Masechet Taanit
Shaare Teshuva
Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Margaliot (Mid 18th century-1818). Polish Rabbi most famous for his commentary on the Shulchan Aruch called Shaare Teshuva.
Shabbos Home
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Shabbos Kitchen
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Shach
Rabbi Shabbtai Hacohen (1621-1663), author of the Shach, the Siftei Kohen, on SA YD and CM. Was forced to leave Vilna due to persecution and.
Shevet Halevi
Rabbi Shmuel Wosner Halevi (b. 1913), ashkenazic posek in Bnei Brak in Israel, born in Vienna, author of Sh"t Shevet Halevi, a set of halachic of responsa.
Shulchan Aruch
Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575), also know as Maran or as the Michaber, the main halachic authority especially for sephardic, author of Kessef Mishne on Rambam, Beit Yosef on Tur, and the Shulchan Aruch.
Shulchan Aruch HaRav
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745 – 1812), was the first Rebbe of Chabad and author of Shulchan Aruch HaRav and the Tanya.
Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchata
Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth (1935 - 2013), ashkenazic posek in Yerushalayim, author of Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchata on the laws of Shabbat and Yom Tov.
Sma
Rabbi Yehoshua Falk Hakohen (1550-1614), Posek and Rosh Yeshiva in Poland, author of Sma, sefer meirat eynayim on Shulchan Aruch.
Sridei Eish
Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg (1884-1966), German Posek and Rosh Yeshiva, author of Sridei Eish, a set of responsa.
Taz
Rabbi David Halevi (1586-1667), Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Poland, author of Taz, the Turei Zahav, on SA, son-in-law of the Bach.
Tefilla Kihilchita
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs, contemporary ashkenazi posek in Israel, the author of Halichos Bas Yisrael, a woman's guide to Jewish observance, Halichot Bein Adam Lachavero, on the laws between man and his fellow, Halichot haKashrut, on the laws related to kashrut, and Tefilla Kihilchita, on the laws of Tefilla.
Torat Hamoadim
Rabbi David Yosef (1957- ), sephardic posek in Yerushalayim. The author of Halacha Brurah, a commentary on Shulchan Aruch, Torat Hamoadim, on the laws of the holidays and Torat Hatahara, on the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha. Son of Chacham Ovadia Yosef and brother of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef
Torat Hatahara
Rabbi David Yosef (1957- ), sephardic posek in Yerushalayim. The author of Halacha Brurah, a commentary on Shulchan Aruch, Torat Hamoadim, on the laws of the holidays and Torat Hatahara, on the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha. Son of Chacham Ovadia Yosef and brother of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef
Turei Even
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Ginzberg (1695-1785), Lithuanian Rav and author of responsa, Sh"t Shaagas Aryeh; Turei Even, a commentary on Masechet Rosh Hashana, Chagiga and Megilla; Gevurat Ari on Masechet Taanit
Tzitz Eliezer
Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg (1915-2006), ashkenazic posek and dayan in Yerushalayim, posek of Shaare Tzedek hospital in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Tzitz Eliezer, a set of halachic responsa.
Yaarot Dvash
Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz (1690-1764), Rabbi in Germany, author of Yaarot Devash, Kreti U'pleti on YD, Urim Vitumim on CM.
Yabia Omer
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013), born in Iraq lives in Israel, former sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, one of the foremost sephardic halachia authorities, author of Sh"t Yechave Daat, Sh"t Yabia Omer, both halachic responsa and Chazon Ovadia with halachot of Shabbat and the holidays
Yalkut Yosef
Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef (b. 1952), sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, son of Rav Ovadia Yosef and brother of Rabbi David Yosef, is the author of Yalkut Yosef, which is a encyclopedic work of Sephardic halacha.
Yaavetz
Rabbi Yaakov Emden ben Tzvi (1697-1776), son of Chacham Tzvi, author of Responsa Yaavetz, Mor Uketzia on Shulchan Aruch, and several other sefarim
Yechave Daat
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013), born in Iraq lives in Israel, former sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, one of the foremost sephardic halachia authorities, author of Sh"t Yechave Daat, Sh"t Yabia Omer, both halachic responsa and Chazon Ovadia with halachot of Shabbat and the holidays. Father of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Rabbi David Yosef.


Rabbi Akiva Eiger
Rabbi Akiva Eiger (1761-1837), author of tosfot rabbi akiva eiger on mishnayot, gilyon hashas on the side margin of the traditional gemara, chiddushei rabbi akiva eiger, and three volumes of teshuvot rabbi akiva eiger.
Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel
Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel (1250-1327), often referred to by the acronym of his name, Rosh, one of the more prominent Ashkenazic Rishonim, born in Germany, died in Spain, author of commentary published in the back of the gemaras, father of the Tur.
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Ginzberg
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Ginzberg (1695-1785), Lithuanian Rav and author of responsa, Sh"t Shaagas Aryeh; Turei Even, a commentary on Masechet Rosh Hashana, Chagiga and Megilla; Gevurat Ari on Masechet Taanit
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Heller Hakohen
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Heller Hakohen (1745-1813). Author of Ketzot Hachoshen on SA CM, Avnei Miluim on EH and Shev Shamytsa on the gemara. Brother of the Kuntres Hasfekos.
Rabbi Avraham Borenstein
Rabbi Avraham Borenstein (1838-1910). A leading ashkenazi posek in Poland, founder of the Socatchover Chassidus, author of Sh"t Avnei Nezer, a set of halachic responsa, and Eglei Tal, a book on the 39 Melachot of shabbat. Father of the Shem Mishmuel
Rabbi Avraham Danzig
Rabbi Avraham Danzig of Vilna (1748-1820). Author of the Chayei Adam dealing with the laws of Orach Chaim as well as the Chochmat Adam, dealing with the other areas of Shulchan Aruch that apply to daily life.
Rabbi Avraham de Boton
Rabbi Avraham de Boton (1545-1588), author of lechem Mishneh on the Rambam, Rav in Salonica, Greece.
Rabbi Avraham Gombiner
Rabbi Avraham Gombiner Halevi (1637-1683), Rav in poland, author of Magen Avraham on SA OC.
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Hirsch Eisenstadt
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Hirsch Eisenstadt (1813-1868), Rabbi in Utian, Russia. Author of Pitchei Teshuva on YD, CM, and EH as well as on the sefer, Gittin Ve’chalitza, and Nachalat Shiva on works of early Acharonim.
Rabbi Avraham Yishaya Karelitz
Rabbi Avraham Yishaya Karelitz (1878-1953), the Chazon Ish, born in Belarus but emigrated to Israel, one of the leaders of the Charedi movement in Bnei Brak, author of Chazon Ish on Shulchan Aruch, brother-in-law of the Steipler Gaon.
Rabbi Ben-Zion Abba Shaul
Rabbi Ben-Zion Abba Shaul (1924-1988), one of the leading sephardic rabbis and halachic authorities of his generation, Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Or Litzion.
Rabbi Ben-zion Meir Chai Uziel
Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Chai Uziel (1880-1953), sephardic chief Rabbi of Israel from 1939-1954, author of Sh"t Mishpatei Uziel, and Shaarei Uziel.
Rabbi Binyomin Zilber
Rabbi Binyomin Zilber (1906-2008), ashkenazi posek and member of the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah in Bnei Brak, Israel. Author of Sh"t Az Nidberu (14 volumes), Brit Olam on Shabbat (6 volumes), Beit Baruch on the Chayei Adam (3 volumes) and more.
Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Margaliot
Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Margaliot (Mid 18th century-1818). Polish Rabbi most famous for his commentary on the Shulchan Aruch called Shaare Teshuva
Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski
Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (1863-1940). Ashkenazi posek and talmudic scholar in Lithuania and one of the biggest leaders of his generation. author of responsa Achiezer
Rabbi Chaim Palachi
Rabbi Chaim Palachi (1788-1869), sephardic rabbi from Turkey, author of many sefarim, most famously the Kaf Hachaim.
Rabbi Chaim Yosef David
Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai ben Isaac Zerachia (1724 – 1806) was a Jerusalem born Sephardic rabbinical scholar. He is the author of Machzik Bracha, Birkei Yosef, Shem HaGedolim and many other books.
Rabbi Chizkiya da Silva
Rabbi Chizkiya da Silva (1659-1698), born in Italy but lived much of his life in Israel. Author of Pri Chadash on SA.
Rabbi David Halevi
Rabbi David Halevi (1586-1667), Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Poland, author of Taz, the Turei Zahav, on SA, son-in-law of the Bach.
Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffman
Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffman (1843-1921), Rabbi in Germany, author of Sh"t Melamed Leho'il.
Rabbi David Yosef
Rabbi David Yosef (1957- ), sephardic posek in Yerushalayim. The author of Halacha Brurah, a commentary on Shulchan Aruch, Torat Hamoadim, on the laws of the holidays and Torat Hatahara, on the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha. Son of Chacham Ovadia Yosef and brother of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef
Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg
Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg (1915-2006), ashkenazic posek and dayan in Yerushalayim, posek of Shaare Tzedek hospital in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Tzitz Eliezer, a set of halachic responsa.
Rabbi Eliya Shapira
Rabbi Eliya Shapira (1660-1712), rabbi in Prague, author of Eliya Rabba, a commentary on Orach Chaim of Shulchan Aruch and Eliyahu Zuta, commentary on the Levush.
Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna
Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, the Gra or the Vilna Gaon (1720-1797), Lithuanian talmid chacham. Author of aderet eliyahu on torah, beur hagra on SA, Haghot hagra on gemara.
Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt
Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt (1932-2004), grew up and passed away in Yerushalayim but was a prominent ashkenazi posek and leader in Memphis. Author of Sh"t Rivivot Ephraim, responsa on many different topics in contemporary halacha.
Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon
Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, the Rambam (1135 - 1204). Born in Spain, was one of the foremost Jewish philosophers with his Moreh Nevuchim. He also wrote a commentary on the Mishnayot as well as a fourteen volume code of law, called Mishne Torah, sometimes referred to as Yad Hachazaka.
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986), Lithuanian Rav who became one of the leading authorities of his generation in North America, author of Sh"t Iggerot Moshe, Dibrot Moshe on Gemara, and Darash Moshe on the Torah.
Rabbi Moshe Halevi
Rabbi Moshe Halevi (1961-2001), major Sephardic posek in Israel, author of Menuchat Ahava on halachot of Shabbat, Milveh Hashem on the laws of loans, as well as Birkat Hashem on halachot of Berachot.
Rabbi Moshe Isserles
Rabbi Moshe Isserles, the Rama, (1525-1572), Rabbi in Cracow, Poland, major ashkenazic halachic authority. Author of Darkei Moshe on the Tur, Sh"t Harama a set of responsa, and most famously the haghot on the SA.
Rabbi Moshe Lima
Rabbi Moshe Lima (1605-1685), author of chelkat mechokek, commentary on EH, major halachic authority in Lithuania.
Rabbi Moshe Shick
Rabbi Moshe Shick (1807-1879), the Maharam Shick, Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbi in Hungary, author of Sh"t Maharam Shick as well as Chiddushim on Gemara and the Torah.
Rabbi Moshe Sofer
Rabbi Moshe Sofer (1762-1839), Born in germany, Rabbi in hungary. Author of a commentary on torah, on the talmud and on the Shulchan Aruch as well as Teshuvot Chatam Sofer. Son in law of Rabbi Akiva Eiger and father of the ktav sofer.
Rabbi Moshe Stern
Rabbi Moshe Stern (1914-1997), also known as the Debrecziner Rav, author of Sh"t Beer Moshe as well as Kuntres HaElectric on the halachic issues of electricity, Rav in Hungary and later moved to New York. Brother of Rav Betzalel Stern
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013), born in Iraq lives in Israel, former sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, one of the foremost sephardic halachic authorities, author of Sh"t Yechave Daat, Sh"t Yabia Omer, both halachic responsa and Chazon Ovadia with halachot of Shabbat and the holidays. Father of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Rabbi David Yosef
Rabbi Rafael Baruch Toledano
Rabbi Rafael Baruch Toledano (1890 - 1970) was the Rabbi of Meknes, Morocco and author of a compendium of Sephardic Halacha and Moroccan minhagim in a book titled Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
Rabbi Shabbtai Hacohen
Rabbi Shabbtai Hacohen (1621-1663), author of the Shach, the Siftei Kohen, on SA YD and CM. Was forced to leave Vilna due to persecution at the hands of the Cossacks.
Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet
Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet (1235-1310), one of the foremost Sephardic Rishonim in Spain, known as the Rashba, the acronym of his name, author of commentary on the Gemara Chiddushei Harashba, Torat Habayit on laws of kashrut, and of a set of Responsa.
Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried
Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried (1804-1886), Hungarian posek and rabbi in Ungvar. Author of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch mostly on Orach Chaim as well as Lechem visimla on hilchot nidda.
Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin
Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin (1888-1978), founder and chief editor of Encyclopedia Talmudit, born in Europe but moved to Israel, author of Hamoadim Biahalacha and Latorah Vilamoaadim.
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (1910-1995), one of the leading ashkenazic halachic authorities of his generation, Rosh Yeshiva of Kol Torah in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Minchat Shlomo, Minchat Shlomo on gemara, Meorei Esh on electricity in Halacha, Maadanei Eretz on agricultural halacha. His rulings are predominantly quoted in Halichot Shlomo, Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchita and Nishmat Avraham.
Rabbi Shmuel Kelin Halevi
Rabbi Shmuel Kelin Halevi (1724-1806), author of machatzit hashekel on the Magen Avraham.
Rabbi Shmuel Wosner
Rabbi Shmuel Wosner Halevi (b. 1913), ashkenazic posek in Bnei Brak in Israel, born in Vienna, author of Sh"t Shevet Halevi, a set of halachic of responsa.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745 – 1812), was the first Rebbe of Chabad and author of Shulchan Aruch HaRav and the Tanya.
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen (contemporary), rav and posek in Lakewood, NJ. Author of several halacha books published in English including The Shabbos Kitchen; two volumes of the Shabbos Home; The Sanctity of Shabbos; The Radiance of Shabbos; The Laws of Yom Tov; Muktzeh, A Practical Guide; Laws of Daily Living; Laws of the Three Weeks; Children in Halacha
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh ben Yaakov Ashkenazi
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh ben Yaakov Ashkenazi (1656-1718), ashkenazic rabbi who served as rabbi in many different communities including sephardic ones in Germany, Poland, England and Amsterdam, father of Rav Yaakov Emden, author of responsa Chacham Tzvi.
Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer
Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer (1870-1939), sephardic rav and posek, born in Baghdad and moved to Israel, author of a halachic work called Kaf Hachayim, set up as a commentary to Shulchan Aruch.
Rabbi Yaakov Emden
Rav Yaakov Emden ben Tzvi (1697-1776), son of Chacham Tzvi, author of Responsa Yaavetz, Mor Uketzia on Shulchan Aruch and several other sefarim
Rabbi Yaakov Lorberbaum
Rabbi Yaakov Lorberbaum of Lisa (1759-1832). Rav in Lissa, Poland. Author of the Chavot Daat and the Netivot Hamishpat, commentaries of the Shulchan Aruch. Grandson of the Chacham Tzvi.
Rabbi Yechezkel Landau
Rabbi Yechezkel Landau Halevi (1713-1794), European Rabbi, Author of Noda Biyehuda, the tzlach (tziyun linefesh chayah) on gemara, and the dagul merivava on the SA.
Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein
Rabbi Yechiel Michel Halevi Epstein (1829-1908). He was a community rabbi and a posek in Novardok, Lithuania, author of the Aruch Hashulchan.
Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg
Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg (1884-1966), German Posek and Rosh Yeshiva, author of Sridei Eish, a set of responsa.
Rabbi Yehoshua Falk
Rabbi Yehoshua Falk Hakohen (1550-1614), Posek and Rosh Yeshiva in Poland, author of Sma, sefer meirat eynayim on Shulchan Aruch.
Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth
Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth (1935-), ashkenazic posek in Yerushalayim, one of the foremost students of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, author of Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchata on the laws of Shabbat and Yom Tov.
Rabbi Yehuda Ashkenazi
Rabbi Yehuda Ashkenazi (1730-1770), Rabbi in Germany, author of Baer Heitev on SA OC and EH.
Rabbi Yehuda Rosannes
Rabbi Yehuda Rosannes (1657-1727), Rabbi of Constantinople, Author of Mishna Lamelech on the Mishne Torah.
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1838 – 1933), known popularly as The Chofetz Chaim from his book on the laws of Lashon Hara, was an influential Lithuanian Rabbi, author of the Mishna Brurah as well as the Beur Halacha which is in more detail and the Shaar Hatziyun which quotes sources.
Rabbi Yitzchak Alfasi
Rabbi Yitzchak Alfasi (1013-1103), one of the earliest Sephardic rishonim and halachic deciders, known by the acronym of his name, Rif, author of Halachot published in the back of the gemaras.
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs, contemporary ashkenazi posek in Israel, the author of Halichos Bas Yisrael, a woman's guide to Jewish observance, Halichot Bein Adam Lachavero, on the laws between man and his fellow, Halichot haKashrut, on the laws related to kashrut, and Tefilla Kihilchita, on the laws of Tefilla.
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss (1902-1989), ashkenaz dayan and posek, Rav and Av Beit Din in Romania, then in Manchester, England. Headed the Eidah Charedis in Yerushalayim, author of Sh"t Minchat Yitzchak.
Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef
Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef (b. 1952), son of Rav Ovadia Yosef and brother of Rabbi David Yosef, is the author of Yalkut Yosef, which is a encyclopedic work of Sephardic halacha.
Rabbi Yoel Sirkes
Rabbi Yoel Sirkes (1561-1640), Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Poland, author of the bach, the bayit chadash, a commentary on the Tur as well as the Haghot HaBach on gemara. Father-in-law of the Taz.
Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz
Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz (1690-1764), Rabbi in Germany, author of Yaarot Devash, Kreti U'pleti on YD, Urim Vitumim on CM.
Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Baghdad
Rabbi Yosef Chaim (1832 – 1909) was a leading Sephardic Rabbi, Rabbi of Baghdad, author of the Ben Ish Chai and Sh"t Rav Pealim.
Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld
Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld (1848-1932), Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, founder of Eidah Hacharedis, author of Sh"t Salmat Chaim.
Rabbi Yosef Teomim
Rabbi Yosef Teomim (1727-1792), Galician Rabbi, Author of Pri Megadim: Mishbetzot Zahav on the Taz, Eshel Avraham on the Magen Avraham, and Siftei Daat on the Shach. Also author of Porat Yosef on yevamot and ketubot as well as ginat veradim on gemara.