Ba'er Hetev

Ba'er Hetev (also 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.[1]

On the sections of Orach Chaim and Even HaEzer, the commentary was written by Yehudah ben Shimon Ashkenazi (1730–1770), a German rabbi.

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. ^ "Codes of Jewish Law and their Commentaries: Historical Notes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2009-02-16.