Author Archives: Aharon Ziegler

Yom HaSho’ah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler It has become an established tradition for Jews throughout the world, that on the 28th day of Nissan, to memorialize the six million of our brethren who died during the Holocaust period. That day is marked on our calendars as Yom HaSho’ah/ Holocaust Memorial Day. In Eretz Yisrael there ...

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Entertainment During Sefirah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Sefirah, we know, is a semi-mourning period between Pesach and Shavuot.  These sad days, which vary according to custom, entail various mourning observances such as refraining from haircutting, marrying and listening to live music. The Magen Avraham (493:1) rules that we may not sing and dance during the mourning ...

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Power of Peshara (Compromise)

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik Speaking Lashon HaRa Against a Jew Living In Eretz Yisrael Is Like Speaking Against Eretz Yisrael by R. Aharon Ziegler The Gemara Sanhedrin (6b) presents a machloket (dispute) on the subject of Peshara. According to Rabbi Eliezer ben Rabbi Yossi HaGelili it is forbidden for a Beit Din to make a Peshara between ...

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Lashon HaRa Against an Israeli

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik Speaking Lashon HaRa Against a Jew Living In Eretz Yisrael Is Like Speaking Against Eretz Yisrael by R. Aharon Ziegler Ezra decreed that the Berachot and Kelalot (curses) of Bechukotai must be read before Shavuot and those of the Mishna Torah (Ki-Tavo) before Rosh Hashanah (Gemara Megillah 31b). Rav Soloveitchik noted that harsh ...

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Yom Tov & Electricity

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Chazon Ish (Rav Avraham Karelitz, 1878-1953) held that illuminating light bulbs on Yom Tov was an issue of “Boneh”, and therefore he ruled that it is absolutely Assur on Yom Tov. Rav Soloveitchik on the other hand, based upon his understanding of the physics of electricity, felt that ...

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Chok

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik very often stressed that at times when death occurs or tragedies strike, Halacha does not permit us to question “why”. The only exception is on Tisha B’av, when we are permitted to question ‘Eicha” (How did this happen? How was it possible?) And that one day permission ...

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Insincere Conversions

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah (13:17) writes “A convert who was not examined or who was not informed about the commandments and the punishments [for transgressing them], but was circumcised and immersed in the presence of three laymen, is deemed a [valid] convert.” Rav Soloveitchik commented that the ...

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