Friday, September 11, 2009

Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Glasner

Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Glasner believed in a progressive development of Jewish law. His appracoh is explained in his introduction to his work on Massechet Chulin and is offerd here in translation by Rabbi Yaakov Ellman.

Click here for more infomration on and works by Rabbi Glasner.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Here is a link to a post I wrote for the Morethodoxy blog on the need for a new code of Jewish Law. This post generated many comments. You can view them here.

Click here for an article by Rabbi David Ellenson on the Halachik writings of Rabbi Chaim David Halevi.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Click here for an article by Rabbi Daniel Sperber on the importance of morality, sensitivity and empathy in Psak Halacha.

Here is the abstract from the originla articel as it appeared in the Edah Journal.

Abstract: This study attempts to delineate the characteristics required of a rabbi and a decisor (poseq), both in their personal behavior as well as in their decision-making policy (pesiqah). Based on normative rabbinic sources, it stresses the need for absolute moral rectitude, sensitivity and empathy for the aggrieved, independence of thought and the courage to
express personal legal opinions in a public manner. There must be a genuine desire to find solutions for halakhic problems in the spirit of compassion and understanding, thus contributing to the spiritual betterment of the individual and the community.
Click here for a pdf file of a Teshuva from Rav Nahum Rabinovich teaching that the ability to care for one's children is a legitimate factor in the decision to use birth control!