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by Joel Rich

Came across this footnote in a piece by R’ Aharon Lichtenstein – apparently he had the same reaction to R’ Moshe’s tshuva(and others) as I did- we discussed this conundrum a while back-why does everyone ignore horiyot priorities?

See Horayot 13a, where, on the one hand, technical factors of one’s formal status in the scale of yohasin is presented as a ground for priority, while, on the other hand, at bottom, personal spiritual qualities are assigned supremacy. Currently, the element of yohasin as a yardstick of triage is relatively neglected – whether because, as R. Moshe Feinstein held, its use is rather impractical in the modern reality, it was also no longer decisive, or for some other reason.


Rabbi Menachem Genack, head of the Orthodox Union’s kashrut department, told The Forward that while the OU once certified both glatt and non-glatt meat, in the 1970s “market conditions” caused the organization to limit its supervision only to the former.
Market Conditions? What a nice obfuscatory phrase!


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    Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

     
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    6 Responses

    1. mycroft says:

      “Rabbi Menachem Genack, head of the Orthodox Union’s kashrut department, told The Forward that while the OU once certified both glatt and non-glatt meat, in the 1970s “market conditions” caused the organization to limit its supervision only to the former.
      Market Conditions? What a nice obfuscatory phrase”
      Of course, the Rav was very sarcastic about glatt kosher-he claimed his hashgacha passuled a higher percentage of meat than glatt-lung is not the only thing that cause treifus. Morrison &Schiff had non glatt hashgacha of the Rav for decades.

    2. joel rich says:

      R’ Mycroft,
      I just assume that I was busy with other pursuits in the early 70′s (like that euphemism?) and missed the othodox consumer revolt demanding glatt only (or maybe I mistook them for anti-war protesters?)
      KT

    3. joel rich says:

      > Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb-Shaving on Chol HaMoed: Why and Why Not?
      Shaving during sefirah
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      I had sfira on my mind (Georgia too?)
      That should have said Shaving during chol hamoed
      KT

    4. Steve Brizel says:

      R Joel-IIRC, RMF and R Herzog ZL both discussed the rationing of scarce resources like medicine. Perhaps, the issue is which resources should be rationed, and which are beyond the purview of rationing.

    5. JZ says:

      Where is the Teshuva by R. Moshe and the article by RAL?

    6. joel rich says:

      The footnote is from “Varieties of Jewish Experience” by r’al (i can look the page up)-he quotes the footnote.

      I assume it was r’mf c”m 2:75

      KT

     
     

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