Weekly Freebies: Bugs in Food

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R. Eitam Henkin, in his Lakhem Yihyeh Le-Okhlah, explores avenues of leniency regarding bugs in food, arguing for an attitude most would call “normal” even if it requires relying on leniencies. The entire book is available for free download here: link (PDF).

The book has been expanded and published in hard copy. You can buy it here: link.

See prior freebies here: link

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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.


  1. Can someone explain to me what happened with the Michtavim blog? This doc. has a michtavim.com url but redirects to michtavim.blogspot.com which seems to have been re-purposed?

  2. Shalom Rosenfeld

    The haskamos are fascinating. Can we presume Rabbi YH Henkin shlit’a is actually endorsing his son’s halachic conclusions?

    The letter from Rabbi Nebenzal is priceless, and I admire how scholars can respectfully disagree (note how Bnei Banim has a haskama from R’ Menashe Klein zt”l; while they have wildly different halachic perspectives, they stayed respectful).

    “Okay so maybe the bug is batel, but what about timtum halev?”
    I thought (at least for Litvaks) if the torah says it’s batel, then there’s no timtum. The final arbiter here is the will of G-d (as we understand it via the halachic process), not that which we believe to be new-age “spiritually groovy” or not (a concept that can forget there’s One greater than us running the whole show).

    “What about health issues?”
    Yes, what about them. How do I value a handful of aggadic statements about unhealthiness of eating bugs; vs. plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face consequences of telling a whole generation *not* to eat their fruits and veggies?

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