Responsa

Uprooting Marriages in Our Time

by R. Gidon Rothstein 5 Sivan: Seridei Esh on Uprooting Marriages in Our Time While I generally offer responsa written on a certain day, I also allow myself to bend those rules. In this case, I am going to use a responsum where the original question was on the fifth of Sivan, 5718 (1958), even though the answer was dated ...

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Extra Aliyot

by R. Gidon Rothstein 27 Iyyar: R. Herzog on Making Hosafot to Raise Money for a Shul R. Yitzchak Herzog was the Chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazic community of Palestine and then Israel from 1936 until his passing in 1959. His position and his renown as an halachic authority combined to lead Jewish communities all over the world to consult ...

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The Reconquest of Har HaBayit

by R. Gidon Rothstein 20 Iyyar: R. Moshe Feinstein Unwittingly Anticipating the Reconquest of Har HaBayit I assume we all know the routine, that I search a particular date in my Bar-Ilan CD-Rom, then pick the most apt one of the responsa that comes up. Searching for 20 Iyyar, I found Iggerot Moshe Kodashim ve-Taharot 2;1, dated 20 Iyyar 5767. ...

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Breaking Doctor/Patient Confidentiality

by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Iyyar: Tzitz Eliezer on Breaking Doctor/Patient Confidentiality, Burying an Excised Eye Now or Later, and Whether a Fetus is Alive One of the topic areas Tzitz Eliezer sort of specialized in was medical halachah (that’s not to take away from his general expertise, it’s that his role as halachic decisor for Shaare Zedek Medical Center ...

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What We Have To Burn

by R. Gidon Rothstein 6 Iyyar: Binyan Tziyyon on What We Have To Burn In choosing responsa to study together, I try to balance variety with interest. I avoid the technical and the repetitive; issues of gittin, for example, how to write them (especially spellings of various names), how to deliver them, and more of the like, are more prominent ...

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Buying Cigarettes for a Parent

by R. Gidon Rothstein 29 Nisan: R. Hayyim David Halevy on Buying Cigarettes for a Parent R. Hayyim David Halevy doesn’t date the responsa in Aseh Lecha Rav, which should have put him out of the reach of our project, but they’re so clear, concise, and well-written, that I allow myself to cheat occasionally. My excuse is that he does ...

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Welcoming Back Apostates

by R. Gidon Rothstein [Due to calendar confusion, I neglected to post this over Pesach -ed.] 23 Nisan: Tzitz Eliezer on Using Non-Shemurah Matzah for an Eruv Tavshilin and Welcoming Back Apostates Like this year, the eighth day of Pesach 5738 (1978) fell on Shabbat. The day after, 23 Nisan, R. Eliezer Waldenberg wrote a responsum, Tzitz Eliezzer 14;54, to ...

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Milking Cows on Shabbat

by R. Gidon Rothstein [Due to calendar confusion, I neglected to post this over Pesach -ed.] 16 Nisan: R. Uzziel on Milking Cows on Shabbat In 1926, a contagious disease broke out among the Arabs living in Israel. To prevent its spread, British authorities forbade Arab workers from entering Jewish settlements and farms. That meant no non-Jews were available to ...

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Children and Non-Jews’ Personal Obligations

by R. Gidon Rothstein Rabbi Rothstein’s newest book is  As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience.” For more information, see Kodesh Press, Amazon 8 Nisan: R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach on Children and Non-Jews’ Personal Obligations When mori ve-rabi R. Lichtenstein zt”l would speak about the finest the haredi world produced, R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was always at ...

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One Dishwasher

by R. Gidon Rothstein RH Nisan: R. Pinchas Zvichi on Having Only One Dishwasher R. Pinchas Zvichi is a graduate of Yeshivat Chazon Ovadyah, an institute to train rabbinic judges founded by the current Sefardi Chief Rabbi, R. Yitzchak Yosef. R. Zvichi was born in 1960, making him fairly young for a posek, a rabbinic decisor, yet his renown is ...

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