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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Episode 26: Halakhic Methodology – Pasken the Shoel, Not the Shayla

by Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on January 25, 2019)

Rabbi Linzer looks at a wide range of teshuvot to demonstrate a critical component of Rav Moshe’s philosophy of psak – a dual emphasis on paskening based on svara and based on circumstance.

To learn along with Rabbi Linzer, follow the links to the teshuvot below:

Iggros Moshe EH 1-64 a woman who would be endangered by pregnancy

Iggros Moshe EH 3-22 more about a woman who is not permitted to become pregnant

Iggros Moshe EH 3-14 testing a man’s semen

Iggros Moshe YD 3-91 the prohibition of summarizing and translating teshuvot

Iggros Moshe YD 4-38 the rules of psak and disseminating piskei halakha without the full reasoning