Friday, December 17, 2010

Round-up of Rabbinic Statements

  • Rav Elyashiv's position prohibiting walking to the Kotel on Shabbat due to the presence of cameras has been widely reported. Rav Yisrael Rozen of Machon Tzomet responds, explaining why it is permitted. A fuller (Hebrew) correspondence between R. Rozen and Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg on this issue, in which they rule leniently, is available here.
  • Rav Shlomo Aviner explains why he signed the ban on selling homes to gentiles. Rav Yehuda Gilad explains his opposition. Rav Haim David Halevy's lenient position on discrimination against non-Jews in the democratic state of Israel is excerpted in translation here and addressed more fully, with links to further reading, here.
  • Yad Vashem's interview with Rav Yehuda Amital on religious life during the Holocaust has been translated. The original is available here.