Blessing the Fashioner Of Man In the House Of the Fashioner Of Man

I recently read several responsa on the bitterly controversial nineteenth century question of holding weddings in synagogues, including one that is probably the most famous treatment of the subject, by Hasam Sofer, and another rather less well know pair, by Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. Much of their technical analysis revolves around the descriptions of traditional …

Cutting Out the Middleman

Shadchan Chana Rose, in the Flatbush Jewish Journal (h/t: Bad for Shidduchim, The Wolf): Ask the Flatbush Shadchan Mrs. Chana Rose Dear Mrs. Rose, Q. We have a fabulous daughter in shidduchim. She went to the right schools, seminary, camps. She is a baalas midos, involved in chesed, smart, focused, etc. We are a balabatish …

The Maskil Who Saved the Day

A fascinating and bizarre tale related by Hasam Sofer, from the pre-separation of Church and State days: An Italian woman compelled her husband (halachically) to grant her a get. She subsequently wanted to marry a Cohen, but naturally, the Italian rabbis unanimously forbade the union. The scoundrel appealed to various non-Jewish authorities, eventually reaching the …