Character Assassination

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein relates the tale of one who publicly slandered a Sofer Stam, with the immediate consequence of the complete cessation of the Sofer’s custom. The slander was utterly false, and the Sofer, responsible for a large family, was left with no livelihood. The slanderer consulted R. Zilberstein on the appropriate amends, “but I […]

The Spousal Travel Veto

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein rules that a wife may exercise a veto against her husband’s plan to travel to a region that she considers dangerous: he is prohibited from flouting her will, and if he does so for the purpose of visiting the graves of the righteous, it will be considered a מצוה הבאה בעבירה, and […]

The Kolomean Candlesticks

For C.S. Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein relates a tale of Rav Hillel Lichtenstein of Kolomyia (Kolomea), in which we see another side of the “outspoken leader of the Orthodox extremists in Hungary”: כדאי לוותר על פמוטות יקרים כדי להציל נשמה תועה גאון אדיר היה רבי הלל מקולומאי, והתמדתו בתורה היתה לשם דבר גם בדור ההוא, דורם […]