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New York Water II

My source tells me that R. Hershel Schachter has reversed his opinion regarding water in New York. I have a copy of his in-house letter on the subject but have been instructed not to post it verbatim. What R. Schachter says is that if you can see a speck in water and the speck is moving (i.e. from that movement ...

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Coeducation

R. Tzvi Yehuda Kook in R. Shlomo Aviner, Gan Na’ul, pp. 32-33: Mixed swimming is the most severe example of intermingling between the sexes but coeducation also has no connection to normal Judaism. In normal, healthy, kosher Judaism, who knew of such a thing? Boys learned in a heder and girls alone in a school. When we came to Israel, ...

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Waiting for Mashiah

I wrote in a comment, regarding Mashiah: “but still believe that he can come at any time” In my haste I implied that one must belief that Mashiah can come at any time. R. Henkin e-mailed me that this is incorrect, as he explained in his book. Here is a translation of a letter of his that is posted online: ...

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Cheating II

My old friend, R. Uri Cohen, was kind enough to send me his translation of a similar responsum from R. Shlomo Aviner (Iturei Kohanim no. 49, Nissan 1989, pp. 19-20): QUESTION: I heard it’s permitted to cheat, since it isn’t genevat da’at (deception), as the teachers know that cheating goes on, and also it would be “a decree that the ...

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Cheating

Along the lines of bizarre questions, R. Shmuel Wosner (Shevet Ha-Levi, vol. 10 no. 163) was asked the following question by the principal of a seminary in Israel. The principal had instituted punishments for students caught cheating and parents had objected to this, labelling it wickedness (rish’us). Obviously searching for a higher authority to defend his stance, the principal asked ...

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The Camel, The Hare, And The Hyrax III

R. Nosson Slifkin, author of The Camel, The Hare, And The Hyrax, has posted online an interesting correspondence between him and R. Zushe Blech on the thorny subject of R. Slifkin’s book, the signs of kosher animals. (While we’re on the subject, the website also has a nice letter from a reader about how the book “given [him] new found ...

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Administrative Notice: Retraction

In an earlier post, I had stated that R. Yehuda Henkin is “associated with Feminist Orthodoxy”. R. Henkin has informed me that this is an entirely incorrect description. Additionally, he has no connection to Edah, JOFA or Chovevei Torah. Nor does R. Henkin endorse the le-khat’hilah establishment of women’s prayer groups. I apologize for the misinformation and hope that R. ...

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