Audio Roundup 2021:30

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by Joel Rich

My lace top(vs. high top ) thoughts to someone:
When I first heard of the issue I assumed that those who prohibited were doing it on a meta halachic tzniut basis. I think your correspondence with Lakewood basically confirms that. I can certainly understand that argument in a time when the meta-issue of tzniut seems to be one that’s constantly pounded on.
I would however add some food for thought about making a technical argument that it’s not technically prohibited, some might say we are trying to have it both ways. When we see a result that we don’t like based on a technical argument that’s not prohibited we make the Meta argument (e.g. women’s prayer groups) , however when we like the of the technical we leave it as is (e.g. lace tops)

bottom line goes back to whom do you trust as a poseik

שולחן ערוך חושן משפט הלכות דיינים סימן כה סעיף ב

כל מקום שדברי הראשונים כתובים על ספר והם מפורסמים, והפוסקים יג’} האחרונים חולקים עליהם, כמו שלפעמים הפוסקים חולקים על הגאונים, כב’] הולכים כ) אחר האחרונים, <ח> דהלכה כבתראי מאביי ורבא ואילך (מהרי”ק שורש פ”ד). אבל אם נמצא לפעמים תשובת גאון ולא עלה זכרונו על ספר, ונמצאו אחרים חולקים עליו, אין צריכים לפסוק כדברי האחרונים, שאפשר שלא ידעו דברי הגאון, ואי הוי שמיע להו הוי הדרי בהו. (מהרי”ק שורש צ”ו /צ”ד/)
This Rama seems counter to what one hears from certain quarters

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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