Beauty and Truth II

We recently discussed R. Avraham Borenstein’s contention that it is preferable to use an Israeli citron that is definitely kosher, albeit not beautiful, than a Corfian one that is beautiful but of dubious kashrus, since “there is no הידור greater than this, that it definitely be an אתרוג”. A similar stance is attributed to Hasam […]

Sukkos, Sihon, and Subversiveness

A year ago, while studying a Beth Medrash Govoha – Shivti unit on the commandment of Sukkah, I encountered this passage from the ספר רוקח: בסכות תשבו שבעת ימים למען ידעו דורותיכם כי בסכות הושבתי את בני ישראל בהוציאי אותם מארץ מצרים. … ויש מפרשים כשצרו על ארץ האמורי של סיחון ועוג ועל כרכים שבארץ […]

Is Beauty Truth? From Grecian Urns To Grecian Citrons

A couple of years ago, we discussed a responsum of Rav Avraham Borenstein, addressed to his father, regarding Corfian citrons. The אבני נזר has several responsa on this issue, including another one addressed to his father, in which he asserts that even if there are grounds to allow the use of the Corfian citron (based […]