Gustav Karl Friedrich Revisited

About a month and a half ago, we referenced the widespread rumors that in Rav Shlomo Wolbe’s youth he had been known as Gustav Karl Friedrich Wolbe, and had attended the University of Berlin. Two weeks ago, Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz told the story thus: Let me share a story I read about Gustav, a student […]

The בעל מוסר and the Bard

Rav Shlomo Wolbe, in the midst of a characteristically eloquent and passionate – and uncompromisingly hard-line – essay insisting on the preservation of the independence and purity of the Haredi Yeshivos in Israel, lets slip a reminder that he was once (August) Wilhelm Wolbe (or Gustav Karl Friedrich Wolbe), a student at the University of […]

כל עוף למינו ישכון ובני אדם לדומה לו

May a ממזר marry a ממזרות? This is apparently an open and shut case; after all, Maran rules succinctly and unequivocally that he may, and no dissenting opinion is found in the major commentators: ממזר נושא ממזרת.1 But of course, nothing is ever that simple; the issue here stems from a comment of בית שמואל […]