We Pity the Fools

C.S. draws our attention to an interesting discussion of R. Yitzchok Zilberstein. Here’s Kikar Shabbat’s summary in its headline: פסק: ‘לא להתפלל על מי שהלך בהתרסה בלי מסכה, וחלה’ The headline, however, is clickbait; the subheadline is already somewhat more nuanced: הכרעה חסרת תקדים היוצאת מתחת ידיו של הגר”י זילברשטיין – הנחשב לאחד מגדולי פוסקי […]

Pulling Permits For A Sukkah

Here is my weekly halachah column for Sukkos: The Torah reading for Shemini Atzeres (Devarim 16:13) contains the commandment: “chag ha’Sukkos ta’aseh lecha shivas yamim” (You shall make the festival of Sukkos for a seven day period). The Talmud understands the word lecha to mean that a sukkah must be one’s own: R. Eliezer rules […]