Responsa

Must Slaves and Women Settle the World?

by R. Gidon Rothstein 9 Tammuz: R. Ya’akov Ettlinger on Whether Slaves and Women Must Settle the World Halachah defines two aspects to the obligation to bear children. The Torah commands piryah ve-rivyah (commonly translated as being fruitful and multiplying), and Chazal added an obligation known as la-shevet, based on Yeshayahu 45;18, where the navi reminds us Hashem did not create the world to be void, but la-shevet, to be inhabited. ...

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Eating the Showbread

by R. Gidon Rothstein 25 Sivan: R. Moshe Feinstein on Eating the Showbread [Click here for the audio version]. My Bar-Ilan CD-Rom includes in Iggerot Moshe, the responsa of R. Moshe Feinstein, two parts of a Chelek Kodashim ve-Taharot, explanations of the service in the Temple, its sacrifices and laws of ritual purity. In part 1, responsum 11, dated 25 Sivan 5718 (1958), R. Feinstein ...

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Chalitzah Within Three Months

by R. Gidon Rothstein 18 Sivan: R. Ovadya Yosef on Chalitzah Within Three Months When Necessary [Click here for the audio version]. People do not always accommodate as we would hope. Shu”t Yabi’a Omer 8; Even HaEzer 28, which was written in late 1975, refers to a court decision R. Ovadya Yosef joined on 18 Sivan 5723 (1963). A rabbinical judge in Haifa was faced with a widow whose ...

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Novelty in Halachah

by R. Gidon Rothstein 11 Sivan: R. Hayyim David Halevy on Novelty in Halachah [Click here for the audio version.] During the week before I came to summarize Shu”t Aseh Lecha Rav 6;54 in writing, a rabbi contacted me about an article I wrote years ago, which he had only just come across. We exchanged ideas about some details of the topic, cordially, and ...

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Baby Delivered with Forceps

by R. Gidon Rothstein 26 Iyyar: R. Ovadya Yosef on Pidyon HaBen for a Baby Delivered with Forceps Doctors sometimes use forceps to deliver a baby without the more invasive caesarean, when the mother’s efforts alone are not working. Shu”t Yabi’a Omer 9; Yoreh De’ah 26, dated 26 Iyyar 5729 (1969) responds to R. Baruch Rakover, who wondered whether such a baby could count as a bechor, a ...

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The Primus Stove

by R. Gidon Rothstein 19 Iyyar: R. Ovadya Hedaya and R. Kook on the Primus Stove [Click for the audio] R. Ovadya Hedayah was a renowned Torah scholar in Jerusalem of the mid-20thcentury. Shu”t Yaskil Avdi 2; Kuntres Acharon Orach Chayyim 7, records his correspondence with a R. Chanina HaKohen of Djerba, about using a Primus stove on holidays (when cooking is allowed; briefly, the Primus has a ...

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Minchah After Sunset

by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Iyyar: The Klausenberger Rebbe on Minchah After Sunset [Click here for the audio]. Hasidut, the movement that started with the Ba’al Shem Tov in the mid-1700s, adopted many practices that raised halachic eyebrows. That included a looser regard for zemanei tefillah, the readiness of Hasidim to pray at times that seemed too late, in the name of having proper kavvanah, proper intent and attention, ...

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Karaite Converts

by R. Gidon Rothstein (Rabbi Rothstein will be co-chairing a Yom Iyun on the Teachings of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein at Lincoln Square Synagogue, Sunday April 29, 9:30am-12:30pm. Keynote address by Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. Speakers include Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein and Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein.) 5 Iyyar: R. Uzziel on Rejecting and Accepting Karaite Converts [Click for the audio version]. It’s not easy ...

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