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Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Volume II

By Aharon Ziegler

In Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, insights into Jewish legislation from the preeminent determine of twentieth-century smooth Orthodoxy are offered in a transparent and concise demeanour. generally known as "the Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt"l, has motivated and prompted the highbrow brain and touched the delicate hearts of hundreds of thousands of people.

While he was once now not unavoidably often called a decisor, or poseik, of halakha, he used to be widely known as somebody who had the uncanny skill to conceptualize the spirit of Jewish legislations on a common point. all through his lifetime, the Rav released few works, transmitting his Torah wisdom via periods and lectures in its place. As a pupil of Rabbi Soloveitchik for a few years, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler accrued an enormous library of notes and tapes at the Rav's halakhot. during this quantity he stocks the Rav's exact and maybe lesser recognized halakhic positions on a variety of themes, together with:

*The technique for lighting fixtures candles on Friday evening;
*Celebrating Thanksgiving and consuming turkey;
*Using grape juice for the 4 cups of wine at a Seder;
*Giving an aliyah on Mincha Yom Kippur to a person who can't quick;
*Covering one's head in the course of davening;
*Fast days and pregnant girls;
*Bris Milah via a nonobservant Mohel;
*Discarding outdated, tired tzitzis; and
*Many different concerns related to the Sabbath, vacation trips, prayer, and lifestyles cycle occasions.

Whether studied within the synagogue, institution, or Jewish domestic, those phrases of knowledge from the Rav supply glimpses into the phenomenal brain of 1 of the best thinkers in Jewish background.

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Noach used to be content material just to do every thing that used to be commanded of him. Noach was once reassured that he could proceed even if all others might perish. This used to be it sounds as if appropriate to Noach. He didn't ask Hashem to reassess, nor did he embark on a undertaking to alter the methods of mankind. Moshe, nonetheless, rejected the same provide from Hashem and prayed for the salvation of Bnai Yisrael. The Rav additional that even supposing the Zohar attempts to mitigate Noach’s guilt, by means of claiming that maybe Noach was once so confident that the folk of his new release have been to this point faraway from teshuva that prayer on their behalf wouldn't aid. however, the Zohar concludes with a condemnation of Noach, for we by no means surrender on any one to enhance. consequently, Noach is held liable for his passivity in now not praying for his new release and that warrants the linking of the flood waters together with his identify. we're not to treat our weapon of prayer flippantly nor our Mi’Sheh’Bairach carelessly. they don't seem to be non-compulsory, yet compulsory! four The Shema and the Berachot If one have been to daven shacharit past the closing date of Kriat Shema, (which usually happens on Shabbat, whilst davening starts at 9:00 a. m. , and the Zeman of Kriat Shema is over sooner than that) the Mechaber in Shulchan Oruch states (Orach Chaim 60:2), that even though he recited the Shema prior, that's, sooner than shacharit, he needs to now recite the berachot of Shema, yet with no the Shema. The Mechaber provides, venira li (it turns out to me) that he may still recite the Shema back including the berachot. based on Rav Soloveitchik, dependent upon Reb Chaim’s figuring out of the Rambam, it isn't a question of “venira li,” an opinion, yet quite an absolute requirement. The berachot of Kriat Shema are an essential component of Shema and has to be recited including the Shema with the intention to satisfy the mitzvah of Kriat Shema Bishlaimuta (in its absolute entirety). The Rambam in Hilchot Kriat Shema (2:13) states, if one is doubtful no matter if he recited the Kriat Shema or no longer, he needs to recite it back (the Rambam is of the opinion that Kriat Shema is a biblical requirement, rather than Tosfot, who carry that it’s just a Din Derabanan). additionally, he should also recite the berachot of shema. This final remark has at a loss for words many commentators. For the Rambam in lots of different circumstances has acknowledged that once doubtful if a Mitzvah De’oraita was once fulfilled, or played competently, one needs to do the mitzvah back. it may, despite the fact that, be refrained from a beracha, for all Birchot HaMitzvot are in simple terms DeRabbanan and shouldn't be repeated. This brought on Reb Chaim to finish that based on Rambam, the berachot of Shema usually are not only a separate addition of the rabbanan as a birchat mitzvah, yet a vital part of the Shema itself, and with no the berachot there's a loss of achievement of the Din De’oraita. five Mitzvat Hag’baha within the days of the Talmud the 2 operations of “Hag’baha” and “Gelilah,” that of elevating and rolling the Sefer Torah, have been actually performed by way of just one person.

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