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Archive: January 2019

Episode 24: Halakhic Methodology – Rav Moshe’s Philosophy of Halakha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 21, 2019

Rabbi Linzer looks at Rav Moshe’s introduction to his responsa, in which he outlines his philosophy of halakha and psak, and explains how he feels comfortable publishing his teshuvot.…

Episode 23: Gender – Rav Moshe on Feminism

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 18, 2019

Rabbi Linzer looks at a famous teshuvah of Rav Moshe that takes on the challenge from feminism to the role of women in halakha and Jewish life. Why are women not obligated equally? Can halakha change to accommodate shifting social realities?…

Episode 22: Gender – Can A Woman Be A Mashgicha?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 16, 2019

Two teshuvot about a woman serving as a mashgicha – granting hashgacha to a restaurant. Is it allowed? Is there a concern about serarah? Rabbi Linzer asks and Rav Moshe answers.…

Episode 21: Gender – Begged Ish/Isha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 14, 2019

A begged┬áisha episode – what does Rav Moshe think about men using mirrors or dying their hair? Also, a begged ish question – can a woman bear arms?…

Episode 20: Fertility – A Science and Halakha Teshuvah about Testicular Biopsy

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 7, 2019

(The teshuvah is EH 2-3) Rabbi Linzer looks at a teshuvah about whether a testicular biopsy for the purpose of aiding a man’s fertility makes him a petzuah daka – injured in a way that would prohibit him from marrying. Along the way, Rav Moshe makes astonishing claims about the relationship between science and halakhic change.…

Episode 19: Fertility – Permissibility of Procuring Semen for AI

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 2, 2019

Last episode Rabbi Linzer dealt with Rav Moshe’s landmark approval of artificial insemination to allow a woman to conceive with the sperm of a man who is not her husband. This episode, teshuvot about how to halakhically procure the semen of her husband for testing or insemination when medically indicated.…

Episode 18: Fertility – Artificial Insemination

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 31, 2018

Rabbi Linzer looks at some of Rav Moshe’s most groundbreaking and famous teshuvot around fertility and artificial insemination. In them, Rav Moshe takes a practical approach to halakhic ruling that isn’t concerned about cultural discomforts.…

Episode 17: Education; Rav Moshe on College

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 24, 2018

Rabbi Linzer looks at two teshuvot about going to college. Can yeshiva students take college classes in the summer? What about students who are not succeeding in yeshiva – can they pursue secular studies?…

Episode 16: Education; Girls’ Torah Education/Coeducation

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 20, 2018

How important is it to educate your daughter in Torah compared yo your son according to Rav Moshe? Is coeducation ever permissible? Rabbi Linzer finds out.…

Episode 15: Education; Rav Moshe’s Philosophy of Education

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 18, 2018

Rabbi Linzer studies a long letter that Rav Moshe wrote in teshuvah form that expresses his philosophy of education – especially when confronting the challenges of educating Jewishly in America.…

Episode 14: Denominations; Interacting with Reform and Conservative Institutions

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 14, 2018

Rabbi Linzer looks at teshuvot about interacting with Conservative and Reform institutions. Can you take a job teaching at a Conservative school? What about renting space for a minyan in a non-Orthodox shul? Lastly, can I get married in a non-Orthodox shul?…

Iggros Moshe A to Z: D is for Denominations

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 12, 2018

Episode 14 Rabbi Linzer looks at teshuvot about interacting with Conservative and Reform institutions. Can you take a job teaching at a Conservative school? What about renting space for a minyan in a non-Orthodox shul? Lastly, can I get married in a non-Orthodox shul?…