Responsa

Priorities and Obligations in Treating the Ill

by R. Gidon Rothstein 23 Adar II: R. Moshe Feinstein on Priorities and Obligations in Treating the Ill Iggerot Moshe Choshen Mishpat 2;74, from the 23rd of  Adar Sheni in 5744 (1984) is a follow up to a previous responsum written to two doctors [one of whom was in Gush with me], about when to treat patients, as well as ...

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Multiple Items For Multiple People

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 16 Adar II: R. Ovadya Yosef on Distributing Multiple Items to Multiple People The question seems relatively mundane: a man says to give two hundred dinar [let’s say dollars, to make it easier] to ...

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Interfaith Convocations

   by R. Gidon Rothstein 9 Adar Bet: R. Moshe Feinstein on Interfaith Convocations In the mid-1960s, Vatican II’s call for greater openness to other faiths led to much excitement over leaders of various faiths working together. On the 19th of Adar I 5727 (1967), R. Moshe Feinstein zt”l was asked about them by Dr. Bernard Lander, z”l, who later ...

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When A Wife Goes Crazy

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 2 Adar II: Seridei Esh on a Husband Whose Wife Has Gone Insane As we’ve seen before, it is halachically possible for a man to be stuck in a marriage, usually when the wife ...

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Leaving Jerusalem on the 14th of Nissan

by R. Gidon Rothstein 18 Adar: Tzitz Eliezer on Whether We Have to Leave Jerusalem on the 14th of Nissan To those who see Jerusalem with the eyes to the past and to the future, the recapture of all of Jerusalem in 1967 raised many questions that had not been entertained as practical possibilities since the destruction of the Second ...

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Indirect Interest

by R. Gidon Rothstein 11 Adar: R. Kook on Aspects of Indirect Taking of Interest One of the well-known laws of the Torah is that Jews cannot lend each other at interest (the Christians’ deciding that this law applied to them led to Jews’ becoming the moneylenders of Europe). As I point out in my forthcoming book, Change Your Pesach, ...

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Noda Bi-Yehuda’s Letters to His Student

by R. Gidon Rothstein 4 Adar: Noda Bi-Yehuda’s  Letters to His Student, Reuven Raknitz On the fourth of Adar, 5540 (1780), R. Yehezkel Landau, wrote two letters to his student, R. Yehuda Raknitz (which might today have been spelled Rechnitz). He wrote two other responsa to this same student, and I hope that reviewing all of them we give a ...

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Continuing Life

by R. Gidon Rothstein 27 Shevat: Tzitz Eliezer on the Necessity of Continuing Life Questions of whether to extend life  mostly arise in tragic situations, when there’s no real hope of cure or even (often) improvement. On the 20th of Shevat, 5749 (1989), Dr Eli Schussheim [who is, I think, still currently working, a respected Israeli surgeon and chairman of ...

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Torah Dedication

by R. Gidon Rothstein 20 Shevat: Ketav Sofer on the Occasion of a Torah Dedication I am trying to avoid imposing myself and my interests or preferences on the selection of responsa we study, so I look for opportunities to include poskim, halachic decisors, we haven’t seen before, as well as topics. For the twentieth of Shevat, I found Ketav ...

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Believing Non-Jews That a Jew Had Been Killed

   by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Shevat: Believing Non-Jews That a Jew Had Been Killed Although in our times the word has taken on a different (in some ways worse) meaning, classic igun was where a man disappeared, whose likely death could not be halachically verified. One of the issues that came up in that context was whom we trust ...

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