שו”ת אגרות משה יורה דעה ב:לו 4 Iyyar 5722 (1962) Does alcohol made in wine-flavored casks absorb taste from those cask walls? Strasbourg Jewry needed vinegar, and this was how it was made. Click here for a summary of the shiur on Torah Musings
שו”ת אגרות משה אורח חיים ב:לא 3 Iyar 5719 (1959) Hashem tells kohanim to bless the Jewish people with the famous words that start “May the Lord bless you and keep you.” That’s a blessing from Hashem, through the kohanim, to the rest of the Jewish people. What if a town has only kohanim? R. […]
שו”ת היכל יצחק אורח חיים כ”ז 2 Iyar 5712 (1952) Tirat Tzvi needed to guard its fields, including on Shabbat. One option was to have mounted guards, who could cover more ground and have fewer people disregarding Shabbat, or to have more people on foot (which, the questioners assumed, would involve fewer prohibitions per person)? […]
שו”ת משפט כהן סג 1 Iyar 5669 (1909) When times are tough, there’s room for leniency, as in 1909 with the upcoming shemittah. Which raises lots of halachic questions, such as what are considered “tough times”?
שו”ת עשה לך רב ו:נח R. Hayyim David Halevy dispenses with objections to using Har HaBayit for prayer. Why we can’t buy cigarettes for parents, and why we have to speak up when we see them smoking. Click here for a summary of the shiur on Torah Musings
שו”ת ציץ אליעזר טו:לה 28 Nisan 5742 (1982) Can a Torah scholar take money to support his learning or should he work, at the cost of time he could be studying? What parts of his reward for study can he “sell” for financial support? Click here for a summary of the shiur on Torah Musings
שו”ת יביע אומר אורח חיים ז:כא 27 Nisan 5748 (1988) Can we study secular subjects in a Beit Midrash itself? Is learning secular subjects enough of a mitzvah to allow for that? Click here for a summary of the shiur on Torah Musings
שו”ת ציץ אליעזר יד:צא, יח:מז 26 Nisan 5748 (1988) Can Jews enter places of worship of other religions? Can they walk the grounds of such places and/or use them as a place to view the surrounding countryside? Tzitz Eliezer‘s stringent view reminds us of issues that come when dealing with other religions, whether or not […]
שו”ת אגרות משה יורה דעה ב:קכט 25 Nisan 5721 (1961) שו”ת אגרות משה יורה דעה ג:עו 25 Nisan 5729 (1969) Two responsa of R. Moshe Feinstein, one about the repentance necessary for a forced conversion to Catholicism during the Holocaust, and the other about the proper way to educate children.