New issue of The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (Sukkot 5773, Fall 2012, No. LXIV):
- Deafness in Halacha: A Reappraisal by R. Moshe Taub – Deaf people who can communicate or even hear with a hearing aid or cochlear implant fall somewhere between the classical deaf person and someone who can fully communicate. This article explores where halakhah will change across the spectrum of abilities and where not, according to a variety of authorities.
- Physical and Occupational Therapy Practices: A Halachic View by R. Yigal Shafran – Covering the rules of intergender touching in a variety of circumstances–training, mild injury, severe injury, another therapist is available, wearing gloves. Also therapy on Shabbos and Yom Tov. Practical guidelines rather than an article exploring the issues.
- In the Eye of the Storm: Shabbat Observance During a Hurricane or Severe Weather Event by R. Kenneth Brander – An excellent article sensitively covering all of the likely situations, according to multiple views.
- Determining the Onset of Aveilut by R. David Etengoff – A machlokes whether mourners who do not accompany the deceased to Israel begin shivah when they leave the airport or after the burial. With modern communication, we can know exactly when the burial takes place.
- Hemophiliac Brit by R. A. Cohen – Debate whether a hemophiliac should have a laser circumcision.
- Scriptural Inscriptions on Jewelry by R. Eli Ozarowski – Is jewelry with biblical verses forbidden? Simple answer is yes based on a responsum of the Rambam but there are leniencies according to many. Covers many issues but not the potential leniency of verses written on a curve.
- Letters – R. Binyamin Cohen (of Chaim Berlin?) challenges R. Yona Reiss’ acceptance of the testimony of minors to their own injury. R. Reiss responds at length. R. Fred Grossman and M. Levy object to the notion of invalidating a conversion. E. Lewkowicz objects to the freezing of eggs on social grounds. Dr. Rybak responds that the social issues are worthy of communal discussion.