Name: Karo, Joseph
Born: 1488
Lived In: Spain and Turkey
Major Work: Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch
Biography: A brilliant Jewish scholar, he worked in the areas of mysticism and law. The Beit Yosef is a commentary to the Tur law code, primarily for scholars. He also wrote the Shulchan Aruch, a compendium of easily readable rules for Jewish life for non-scholars.