by Joel Rich
Dr. Marc Shapiro-Letters from The Rav – Final Sessions
Topics include: women learning torah (yes), Einstein medical school (kiddush hashem), and updating the classical yeshiva curriculum.
Starts with some general follow up topics: cohen becoming a doctor, women’s organized learning, yosher in choshen mishpat and RBYS’ candidacies for various institutional positions. Continues with letters on JPS interdenominational bible translation (no participation), participation in interdenominational national/jewish celebrations (limited), memorializing the holocaust in the pesach seder (no) and mizrachi prayer additions for yom hatzmaut (no).
Is there a need (or not) for hechsherim on something produced by someone who is muchza bkashrut. RYBSon yom haatzmaut practices (more liberal than many think), relations with non-Orthodox klapei pnim (internal) and chutz (external) [egBoards of rabbis vs lay councils], and heter meah rabbanim (avoid).
Discussion of changes in the practice of duchening on Shabbat. Letters analyzed concerning why the RYBS didn’t visit eretz yisrael, land for peace, mizrachi issues, inter religious dialog and miscellaneous letters.
R YBS saw Yiddish as not inherently holy but infused by its usage (tashmischei kdusha). Insights into Iyov (do your job) and R YBS as a natural teacher.