Such were the words of the Taz. Such was his life. Such was his greatness! An amazing story and an amazing authority in Jewish law.
The Taz was the son-in-law of the Bach – the Bayit Chadash – Rabbi Yoel Sirkes (1561-1640) – prominent commentator on the Tur written by Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher (1270-1340) the son of the Rosh – Rabbeinu Asher (1250-1327.)
The Vaad Arbah HaArtzot (Community of the Four Lands) decided to follow Jewish law in accordance with the Taz. As the years passed, however, the opinion of the Shach (whose Yahrtzeit falls out in the same week – 2 Adar) was accepted as being the norm for Jewish Halacha.
The Taz's shul in Lviv was kept up until the period of the holocaust when it was destroyed by the Nazis Yimach Shmam. His grave in the Jewish cemetery in Lviv was desecrated by the Soviet government, and a market place was set up to cover the entire are of the Jewish cemetery! No Jewish effort has ever succeeded until today to redeem the place of his burial and to establish the monument of his grave anew.
Legend has it that 200 years after the death of the Taz, his grave was accidentally opened – revealing his body completely intact!
Make sure you own a Shulchan Aruch today. Make sure to study his holy words. And if you cannot study them yourself or need assistance, consider sponsoring another to learn these holy words either together with you – or by themselves.