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A friend alerted me to a new edition of R. David Zvi Hoffmann’s responsa titled Melamed Le-Ho’il. It was published by Mosad Le-Idud Limud Ha-Torah and sponsored by the Kest-Lebovits Memorial Bnei Torah Compact Library. The edition has a letter of approbation from R. Hoffmann’s great-grandson who tells a story about how his grandfather was, at least according to a character in the story, a ba’al mofes — miracle-worker.

It seems this edition lacks volume 2 responsum 56 in which R. Hoffmann relates how, when he came to teach at R. Samson Raphael Hirsch’s school, the latter told him to remove his hat and yarmulka around R. Hirsch so that the other teachers would not see his refraining from doing so as a sign of respect. R. Hoffmann also states there that in the school the students only wore yarmulkas during limudei kodesh classes and not during secular classes. This edition of Melamed Le-Ho’il has a large empty section where that responsum should have been and in its place in the table of contents.

Full text of responsum here.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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