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(Corner of the Table). They deal with the laws relating to crops
raised by religious Jews in the soil of Israel. Many more leaves,
or additional boards, to extend the surface of the Table set in
the 16th century would have to be added in the 20th century
in order to cover areas not included in the
Shulhan Arukh,
es-
pecially in the light of laws and by-laws enacted daily in the
Israeli Parliament (Knesset), in its various ministerial offices and
in the municipalities. Perhaps a new tablecloth is required for
the
Shulhan Arukh
in Israel today. But a prerequisite to its
creation is a thorough study of the
Shulhan Arukh
in its original
form as it was printed 400 years ago, and of the Bet Joseph
considered by its author as his main work containing all the
sources from which the abbreviated code,
Shulhan Arukh,
sprang.