Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:20:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Comment on Extraordinary Health Situations by Y Dovid Kaye http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/08/extraordinary-health-situations/#comment-108850 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:20:16 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40362#comment-108850 You wrote: “…with comments on the latter;s recent fourth – and final, so far – volume…” Rabbi Dr. Avraham completed his sixth volume in 2000 and redid his monumental work in 2007 republishing it in a new four volume edition.

מטה לוי is NOT a commentary on the Siddur but rather the teshuvos of Rav Mordechai Horovitz, Rav of Frankfurt at the time of Rav Hirsch and Rav Salomon Breuer.

As an aside: regarding the issue of danger and childbirth – עי’ שו”ת אג”מ יו”ד ב:ע”ד, שו”ת משנה הלכות ט:קפ”ד.

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Comment on What Does Masorah Mean? by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/08/what-does-masorah-mean/#comment-108849 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:37:21 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40377#comment-108849 When the Rav faced exactly the same issue with R’ Rackman’s BD, he didn’t present his halachic argument. When it hit crisis proportions, he presented a polemic that touched on halachic points, but left listeners with a variety of opinions about what it was.

(Hint, the bit about “tav lemeisiv” being ontological is an interesting philosophical issue, and captures attention for that reason but it’s only a small mention in the middle of the longer polemic.

Transcript available at http://arikahn.blogspot.com/2013/03/rabbi-soloveitchik-talmud-torah-and.html

(For that matter, my post on What is Masorah should have included this quote: “First, we must pursue the truth, nothing else but the truth; however, the truth in talmud torah can only be achieved through singular halachic Torah thinking, and Torah understanding. The truth is attained from within, in accord with the methodology given to Moses and passed on from generation to generation. The truth can be discovered only by joining the ranks of the chachmei hamesorah. It is ridiculous to say “I have discovered something of which the Rashba didn’t know, the Ktzos didn’t know, the Vilna Gaon had no knowledge, I have discovered an approach to the interpretation of Torah which is completely new.” One must join the ranks of the chachmei hamesorah — chazal, rishonim, gedolei achronim — and must not try to rationalize from without the chukei hatorah and must not judge the chukei mishpatim in terms of the secular system of things. Such an attempt, be it historicism, be it psychologism, be it utilitarianism, undermines the very foundations of torah umesorah, and it leads eventually to the most tragic consequences of assimilationism and nihilism, no matter how good the original intentions.”)

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Comment on What Does Masorah Mean? by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/08/what-does-masorah-mean/#comment-108848 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:28:36 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40377#comment-108848 I’m not sure if you realize that people said the same thing about Rav Moshe Feinstein when he was alive. See, for example, Alan Yuter’s article about Rav Moshe, Rav Soloveitchik and Rhetoric.

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Comment on What Does Masorah Mean? by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/08/what-does-masorah-mean/#comment-108847 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:27:39 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40377#comment-108847 I agree that the consensus in the Conservative movement was the mechitzah is a minhag. However, I am only aware of one Orthodox posek who took that position (R. Chaim Regensburg). To my knowledge, all other poskim argued that a mechitzah is either rabbinically or biblically required. Rav Soloveitchik held that separate seating is biblically required but a mechitzah only rabbinically. The Conservative movement argued strongly against these positions and instead claimed it is a minhag that can be changed when communally necessary.

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Comment on What Does Masorah Mean? by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/08/what-does-masorah-mean/#comment-108846 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:11:53 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40377#comment-108846 With regard to to mechitzos, the point is that if they accept that mechtizos were a mitzva deoraita or yehareig veal yaavor, there would have no room for a “policy decision” to tolerate non-mechitzah shuls. I would add that there were rabbis in non-mechitzah shuls who were recognized as up standing Orthodox talmidei chacham and communal leaders. Mechitzahs are a minhag that has acquired the force of din and became a very important at time that Orthodoxy was facing extinction in America in the face of ascendant Conservative movement which had already allowed driving to shul on shabbos and change the nusach hatefilla in order to facilitate the rejection of a clear ikkar emunah.

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Comment on What Does Masorah Mean? by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/08/what-does-masorah-mean/#comment-108845 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:38:57 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40377#comment-108845 I dont think there are any poskim alive to day who have the authority to expect their psaks to be followed even when they dont stand up to scrutiny.

RHS recent attacks on the IBD with out offering any substantive critique only strengthen the opposition.

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Comment on Audio Roundup by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/09/audio-roundup-199/#comment-108844 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:38:40 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40403#comment-108844 yes-so my question was what does it mean to be the representative of the community? is it here kol hakodeim zacha or did the sponsor steal a mitzvah from beit din or zayin tuvei?

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Comment on Daily Reyd by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/09/daily-reyd-448/#comment-108843 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:05:14 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40405#comment-108843 E. Brown:”Religious leaders should not be in the causality business.” Really? What business should they be in? Should they never look back at their decisions?

Shidduch “Externalizing the problem by focusing blame on men, women, parents, shadchanim, etc, no matter how valid the criticism, only distracts from acknowledging that singles are individuals. ” OK acknowledged, but if there are process issues, that’s much more fertile ground for solutions.

Big Torah:” In the era of Big Torah, all of the arguments are on the table, and there are legitimate leaders who charting the course to anywhere we want to go”
anywhere we want to go? game over!

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Comment on Audio Roundup by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/09/audio-roundup-199/#comment-108842 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:56:26 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40403#comment-108842 viewed as a chok or mishpat?

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Comment on Audio Roundup by Alex Brown http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/09/audio-roundup-199/#comment-108841 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:07:19 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=40403#comment-108841 RE: walking between two women – some people are in fact conscious of this issue (I don’t know if this is determined by background or not). My father taught me many years ago to try and not walk between two women; if walking with another man between two women they are meant to hold onto each other. I’ll try to provide sources when I am off work.

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