Daily Reyd

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


March: The Moment For Change In Jewish Education Funding
▪ R. Avi Weiss implies that if a student had gone to Rav Soloveitchik and say that he wanted to remove the mechitzah from his shul, Rav Soloveitchik would have replied: “What do you think?” If my reading is wrong, perhaps that’s because there is some crucial nuance missing in the article: In The Legacy Of The Rav, Allowing Rabbis To Decide
Half Shekel Coin from the Temple Mount
▪ Doctor: Kosher slaughter does not cause more suffering
▪ Baruch Goldstein, 20 years later: From the Archive: A Purim massacre’s 20th anniversary
▪ A rabbi and an imam: ‘Of Many’ Film Produced By Chelsea Clinton To Premier At Tribeca Film Festival, Featuring Muslim-Jewish Relations
Orthodox Parents of LGBT Children Navigate Their Own Coming Out Process

E-mail subscribers: Please note that posts today are automatically sent out tomorrow. This function cannot be easily turned off.

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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He 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.

2 comments

  1. After listening closely, he would at times say that though he was more comfortable with another opinion, my position had standing. And since I was the spiritual leader of my community and understood it best, it was my responsibility to follow the conclusions I had reached.
    =========================
    And what would he say the other times?

    IMHO sometimes true humility is listening to others “peer review” carefully so as to avoid the first person bias we are all subject to.

  2. “R. Avi Weiss implies that if a student had gone to Rav Soloveitchik and say that he wanted to remove the mechitzah from his shul, Rav Soloveitchik would have replied: “What do you think?” If my reading is wrong, perhaps that’s because there is some crucial nuance missing in the article:”
    I agree with Gil that a minimum some nuance is missing in the article. Clearly, the Rav had no problem paskening not only that a mechitza is necessary but approving building plans for the makeup and size of mechitzas. Clearly, the Rav believed in local autonomy of Rabbonim-it must be remembered he was far from the only one arguing that-R Y Kamenetzky and R E Silver had a similar position. But local autonomy presupposes an acceptance of the halachik process which by its very nature does not permit one to re argue against clearly established positions.
    The Rav however appears IMO to have had more respect for local Rabbanus than some current leading RY appear to. On a matter which deals with a factual determination he would often refuse to pasken for local Rabbonim stating “you are there how do you expect me decide” when the local Rav is the one who knows the facts. Of course, the Rav would often offer to go over the relevant sugyas that would be relevant in making the decision and my impression is that many of his talmidim would take advantage of that-but given acceptance of halachik process, respect for tradition, not reinventing the wheel etc the Rav would insist on local determination. But frankly my impression of what the Rav advocated I miss in R Weiss’s article.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter


The latest weekly digest is also available by clicking here.

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

Archives

Categories

%d bloggers like this: