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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Halacha in the News

  • Organ donation - Rabbanut vs. Rav Vosner
  • My kids wore crocs on Yom Kippur despite the suggestion by Rav Elyashiv not to do so. כבודו במקומו מונח, I have other rabbis I can rely upon - plus, I doubt Rav Elyashiv was issuing a straight-out Issur.
  • Regarding Shabbat elevators, Rav Nissim Karelitz and Rav Chaim Kanievsky have forbidden the use of Shabbat elevators on Shabbat, and Rav Elyashiv apparently agreed. However, YWN clarified Rav Elyashiv's statement. Rav Yisrael Rozen, admitting that he's not a bar plugta of these great rabbis, nevertheless disagrees and wants to get together with them and explain his reasoning why they should be permitted.
  • Lulavim in Israel may be coming from Hamas-controlled Gaza in order to keep prices down. One of those no-win situations.
  • Not really contemporary halacha, but the whole process/ceremony of Motzi Shem Ra in the Torah may need further analysis by the beit din of 23 (when Dinei Kenasot/Dinei Nefashot will be reestablished בב"א) due to Chinese technology. Even if ופרשו השמלה and ואלה בתולי בתי are figurative, at least it needs further inspection according to ר' אליעזר בן יעקב's view (who says שמלה ממש).


At Wed Sep 30, 01:03:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding crocs - its not RYSE's chiddush. Its in the MB. Needless to say he doesnt write crocs by name, but take a look. I think its in Hilchos YK.

Shabbos elevators have been assur according to RCK and RNK (and RSV fror that matter, I believe) for a while. I am not really sure what the big balagan is. Well, I think the secular press got hold of it and that is why its making such a loud noise. That and the frum blogs like YWN and matzav.

I am not sure how the chief rabbis (ashkenazi at least, since I dont know how the sefardi poskim line up on this issue) can be so bold as to argue the biggest poskim in the (Ashkenazi) world. As is always the case, on major shailos of such importance, klal yisroel defers to the gedolei hador, and i dont think Rabbi Metzger would delude himself into thinking that he is one ofthe Gedolim.

After reading the article I must say I am utterly confused since it says that they unanimously agreed to permit it - and this includes RM, yet he hasnt formulated his opinion on a more stringent version. So how has he permitted the lenient thing? Please help!


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