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May 17, 2012 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218316
rebdoniel: Sounds to me like you already made up your mind, now you just have to cherry-pick sources that defend them. I have a better idea: How about learning lishmah? (I am willing to concede that from an environmental or feminist perspective, that is dangerous.)May 17, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218300
Shaila: Is it permitted to speak lashon hora?
Teshuva: Many sources do say that LH is prohibited, including some that compare LH to the three cardinal sins. However, in that context, a question must be asked – why is LH, unlike the three cardinal sins, permitted at risk of life?
It would seem that the deep meaning of this rabbinic adage is that there will come a time when YCT rabbis will permit aspects of all three cardinal sins, such as abortions, worshiping modern idols such as liberalism and feminism, and promoting non-marital gender mingling. Having liberated themselves of these sins, LH will become permitted as well.
[P.S. for serious answers see the Shaarei Teshuvah.]May 17, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218298
Reminds me of the person who asked the Satmar Rebbe how he could be so vehement when talking about those he felt were rashaim (e.g., the Zionists who the Satmar Rebbe believed caused the holocaust) – didn’t Avraham daven for Sodom? The Satmar Rebbe answered, how do you know what Avraham said to them in public, or what I say in my tefillos?May 16, 2012 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218288
dd: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
(Not that I believe that you are part of the Yeshiva World now.)May 16, 2012 2:55 am at 2:55 am in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218272
More likely a memuar l’teiavon. I will note that unlike some “Orthodox” people today, he opposed women rabbis. As far as I know, though, he did not object to more serious violations of halachah.May 15, 2012 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm in reply to: Translation of Jewish names #874305
For Binyomin, see Rashi where the name is first used.May 15, 2012 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218264
Speaking lashon hora is only prohibited when speaking out against sinners, not Orthodox Yeshivos like YCT or the leading Talmudist of the last dor. See Chofetz Chaim Hil. LH, part 4.May 15, 2012 1:55 am at 1:55 am in reply to: Do I need to give a wedding gift? #874188
I think inviting people to your wedding and expecting them to give you money is a goyish custom. If you wouldn’t want them at your wedding without their gift, don’t invite them.May 15, 2012 1:03 am at 1:03 am in reply to: Let's make YCT teshuvas, by popa #1218256
Shaila: Is it permitted to serve non-kosher food at synagogue functions?
Teshuvah: Obviously, to do so would seem to be a problem, because historically the Bible has been interpreted by rabbis to mean that one may not eat or serve others non-kosher food. However, since I gather from your question that you desire to so, and presumably you believe that there would be spiritual benefit from doing so, and “her ways are ways of pleasantness”, I will not be remiss in seeking out a dispensation for you.
As is well known, the Torah obligates one who has received religious guidance from the Great Court to follow it, even if it has ruled that left is right and right is left. Thus, if you rule that it is permitted, your synagogue employees are religiously bound to follow your ruling. While it may be true that the Great Court does not function today, that may only be because the broader Jewish population would not follow its guidance, since they recognize that contemporary rabbis are out of touch with modern realities. However, since, as I can gather from your question, you are in touch with modern realities, I have no doubt that if the general population knew of your piety and scholarship, they would accept you quickly. And while you alone may only be one rabbi, today we have a large community of at least 70 YCT rabbis who effectively function as the Great Court, teaching all Israel about that which is permitted and prohibited, the sacred and profane.
At the next YCT conference, we will vote to rule that it is permitted to serve non-kosher food, which is no prohibition, since we are ruling on the theoretical level. As the Talmud says, ancient scholars had hundreds of arguments to permit the rodents. After we rule, those prohibitions will disappear. And since another questioner has inquired concerning the prohibitions of eating food on the Day of Atonement and sorcery, we will abolish those as well. And any later scholar who will seek to disagree with our rulings will be a Zaken Mamre.
Upon further analysis, it would seem that such a conference is unnecessary, since the CCAR has already done so in its Pittsburgh Platform.