Volume 1: In this first of a two-volume treatment, Rabbi Forst deals, among other things, with such basics as the determination of periods, stains, and the halachic implications of modern medical procedures. It is typical of Rabbi Forst s thorough and responsible approach to his readers that he begins with the basic rules and concepts underlying the laws. When one masters the concepts, the laws follow logically, because one will have acquired the knowledge that flows from understanding. Such knowledge enables one to break down a halachic problem to its essentials and make the correct decision. Rabbi Forst does not merely throw facts at the reader -- he guides him through the halachic process so that he will know what is and what is not a problem, when he can rely on his own knowledge and when he must consult a qualified authority. Rabbi Forst goes further. Rather than stop with the rendering of the Halachah as it appears in the authoritative sources, he goes on to discuss its applications to new medications and procedures, and how they may affect the halachic status of the patient.
Volume 2: Halachic authority Rabbi Binyomin Forst continues his comprehensive treatment of the laws of niddah with the publication of the second volume of his outstanding legal compendium. Not only are the underlying concepts of the laws explained, their logical halachic process is demonstrated and the various opinions regarding their applications are discussed with thoroughness and expertise. From everyday practices to current medical procedures, from chapters on setting a wedding date through later life concerns, every statement is backed by significant research and abundant citation of sources. Expansive indices and a full bibliography facilitate further research. Clearly written, yet extensive in detail.