Tagged with halacha

Maimonides and the Jerusalem Talmud

Maimonides and the Jerusalem Talmud

Maimonides would often rule like the Jerusalem Talmud over the Babylonian Talmud. This is mentioned by the Maharik, mark 100, and Bei’ur Hagra to YD 63:1, but is also seen from a thorough analysis of his writings. In Otzroth Hagra, Rabbi Zuriel brings the Taklin Hadtin’s intro to Sh’qalim mentions the Bei’ur Hagra to OH  … Continue reading

Negotiating Z’manim in Halacha, Part 6

Negotiating Z’manim in Halacha, Part 6

Continuing the discussion, we will now address a question that comes up quite frequently, as a springboard to questions that are even more common. A child is born on a sunny summer afternoon, 10 minutes before sundown on Friday. The Local Jewish community has already accepted the Sabbath, even though it is clear that the … Continue reading

The Fallacy of Equating Abstention with Prohibition

The Fallacy of Equating Abstention with Prohibition

I am looking to coin the above title into yet another Latin phrase, because of late I have identified it as another fallacy not employed in the Maimonidean and Vilnian systems. Examples: The fact that certain communities refrain from eating cooked rice and beans, etc., on Passover does not turn those cooked rice and beans … Continue reading

Important Halachoth Regarding Qitniyoth

Important Halachoth Regarding Qitniyoth

Recently, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon was in the news for giving his Kosher for Passover approval to B&D rice cakes, even for those who wish to follow traditional Ashkenazic practice. I wrote years ago about how the actual custom is much less strict than what many believe. Once one is dealing with qitniyoth in the Passover … Continue reading

Rupture and Reconstruction Two Decades Later

Rupture and Reconstruction Two Decades Later

Someone advertised the following as the topics for a recent halachic lecture: My Sephardi friend won’t go with me to the restaurant, even with a good hechsher. He said it’s only for Ashkenazim. Is there a real halachic problem, or is it discrimination? Can a Sephardi buy Shwarma if a non-Jew is behind the counter? … Continue reading

Mending Fences

Mending Fences

Dear ****, In response to your claim that teaching people about how the ashkenazic practice, as documented in Shorshei Minhagei Ashkenaz, to not have to wait until nightfall to accept the holiday of Pentecost (Shavuot) or to recite kiddush might lead those people to violate rabbinic fences, “lifrotz gedarim,” I would like to point out … Continue reading

The Prohibition Against Sterilizing Animals

*********, I wanted to put my answer to you in writing. The question was concerning neutering a female dog, and my answer was that it was unequivocally forbidden. I will first reproduce Maimonides’s codification here, and then point out some notes introduced in the Shulhan Aruch and the commentaries, and then I will present the … Continue reading

למה קוראים פרשת בחקתי לפני שבועות

מגילה לא: תניא ר’ שמעון בן אלעזר אומר עזרא תיקן להן לישראל שיהו קורין קללות שבתורת כהנים [התוכחה בפרשת בחקתי] קודם עצרת [חג השבועות] ושבמשנה תורה [פרשת כי תבא] קודם ר”ה. מאי טעמא? אמר אביי ואיתימא ריש לקיש כדי שתכלה השנה וקללותיה. בשלמא שבמשנה תורה איכא כדי שתכלה שנה וקללותיה אלא שבתורת כהנים אטו עצרת … Continue reading