Thursday, May 14, 2020

Finally! Stamford Hill Joins the Club


Mazel Tov to the Jewish residents of Stamford Hill upon the establishment of their eruv. Finally, the last bastion of opposition to the establishment of a city eruv has fallen. May the zechus of their enhanced shmiras Shabbos bring brachah and shalom to all of Klal Yisrael. I will have more to say about this matter in the near future.




New Insights: Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l

In the new kuntres on hilchos eruvin compiled and based on the shiruim of Rav Moshe Heineman shlita (which was reviewed and revised by him), there is the following story (p. 42):

Q 6. What did Rav Moshe say about the Baltimore eruv?
A: Making an eruv was a local decision as we asked the Rosh Yeshiva first. When Rav Moshe Feinstein was in Baltimore, we asked him if we can make an eruv in Baltimore. After asking us some questions, he answered, “If you want to make an eruv, then you can make an eruv.” I asked him, “Should we make an eruv?’ He answered, “If you want to make an eruv, then you can make an eruv.” Then I asked him, “Should we not make an eruv?” He answered, “If you want to make an eruv, then you can make an eruv.” We didn’t know what that meant, so I asked Rav Dovid Feinstein shlita. He told me that his father Rav Moshe doesn’t want to get involved in eruvin because he has experience that if he says, “Make an eruv” then a delegation will come to him saying, that having an eruv in a city is a terrible kilkul. If he says, “Do not make an eruv,” then another delegation will come to him saying, “Not making an eruv is a terrible kilkul.” Therefore, Rav Moshe would just say you could make an eruv if you want to, but doesn’t say you should. I asked Rav Dovid, “What does your father really hold?” He answered, “My father holds if halachically you can make an eruv, you should make an eruv because you can’t just push an entire chelek of Shulchan Aruch to the side saying that hashkafos hatorah is not to have it.   

In the Eruv Manuel by Dr. Bert Miller, he has an identical story and provides the following additional context (story 35, originally published in his Orthodox telephone directory for Baltimore, The Good Book, 2007).
In November 1975, my proposal (Dr. Miller’s) to build a city eruv in Baltimore was being actively discussed in the city and was being considered by the Vaaad HaRabbanim. Rav Moshe Feinstein had traveled to Baltimore to participate in a family simcha. Rabbi Heinemann spoke to Rav Moshe at the simcha. 

The above story supports what I have argued many times; Rav Moshe zt”l did not want to be involved in the matter of eruvin at all. In fact, Rav Moshe wrote similarly in Igros Moshe (4:87) that he did not want to join the rabbanim of Flatbush in the matter of eruvin, because there are many opinions on the topic, as we see in the Shulchan Aruch (and even when he did state his opinion, we see that he did not want to issue a p’sak din barur). Furthermore, we see that Rav Moshe did not maintain, as some would have us believe, that there are hashkafic reasons to oppose an eruv. Rav Moshe’s arguments were strictly halachic and not hashkafic.

In a similar vein, I would be remiss if I did not mention the following from Mesoras Moshe (vol. 1, p.125) where they claim that Rav Moshe was once asked why he carried (in a bungalow colony) and was not machmir like the Gra who did not carry even in a chatzer. Rav Moshe answered that he did not believe that the Gra maintained as such, for if one did not believe in the efficacy of an eruv, he is similar to a Tsadoki. Rav Moshe then mentioned that his father Rav Dovid zt”l suggested that the Gra carried objects in his hand, in a house and in a chatzer that was encompassed with an eruv, but did not carry items in his pocket.  [In fact, this answer of Rav Dovid is puzzling, as the source of the Gra’s chumrah is the Sharei Rachamim (Hilchos Shabbos, ois 93), which clearly states that the Gra did not carry objects even in his hand in the house or the chatzer.]  

Monday, February 03, 2020

Series 2 - Part 8.2: Commentary on Eruvin Shiurim by Rabbi Shraga Kallus



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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Series 2 - Part 8.1: Commentary on Eruvin Shiurim by Rabbi Shraga Kallus



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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Series 2 - Part 7: Commentary on Eruvin Shiurim by Rabbi Shraga Kallus



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Finally! Stamford Hill Joins the Club

Mazel Tov to the Jewish residents of Stamford Hill upon the establishment of their  eruv . Finally, the last bastion of opposition to the ...