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What role does human need play in halakhic rulings? In this characteristically nuanced presentation, Rav Lichtenstein zatza”l addresses this topic. Among other important issues, R. Lichtenstein discusses why a posek is not a supercomputer (pages 6-8),pluralistic themes in the halakha (pages 10-11), the Rav’s approach to these questions (p. 11-12), rulings regarding morally difficult halakhot (p.15-17), Hazal’s ability to transcend historical context (16-19) and how communal pesak raises different issues than rulings for individuals (20-21).

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About Yitzchak Blau

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau is Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta and also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and an Associate Editor of Tradition.

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