Volume 34 Number 37
                 Produced: Tue May  8 12:48:48 US/Eastern 2001

Subjects Discussed In This Issue: 

         [Avi Feldblum]
Candy at an Aufruf
         [Rachel Swirsky]
Cases in Responsa Literature of Husbands Who Killed Wives
         [Yael Levine Katz]
Eruv Question
         [Asher Goldstein]
Hashovas aveida
         [Gershon Dubin]
Smicha Program
         [Fishel Todd]
         [Lulu Feldhamer]
Stolen Manuscripts
         [Barbara Lehman]
Tapes of Shiur by Rabbi Berkowitz
         [Joseph P. Wetstein]
Tefillah question
         [Shmuel Himelstein]
Why is Matzoh Shmurah different?
         [Wieder, Maurice]


From: Avi Feldblum <mljewish@...>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 12:02:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Administrivia

Hello All!

Sorry for the longer than planned "bein HaZamanim" - intersession / Pesach
vacation for the list. I have had a bunch of stuff happen recently in my
personal life and that has kept things in a bit of flux for a while.

Let me start with the good stuff first. My wife and I have had a new baby
girl this last Shabbat! Mother and baby are doing well, everyone is home
and getting started on their new routines.

The second set of news is one that I have strong betochon (belief) is also
good news, I just need to wait a while to see that it is so. As many of
you may have read in the various papers etc. Motorola is undergoing some
very serious downsizing, and my group is one that is being downsized to
zero. So come the end of June, I will hopefully be working somewhere else.
As to where, at this point I have no idea. I will be putting me resume on
the mail-jewish home page, if anyone out there has any networking leads
for me to follow up on, please feel free to contact me. My main area of
interest is in Engineering Management and New Product Introduction, main
areas of experience are telecommunication/cellular and before that optics.
Anyone with pointer to a good executive recruiter in Israel, please let me
know as well.

Now that I'm getting things started again, I expect I will be able to
keeping things going for a while. One side benefit of the downsizing has
been that I no longer put unreasonable hours at work, and am getting a bit
of the hang of how to use the web to search for positions, so now ready to
include back the mail-jewish time in my daily routine.

Avi Feldblum
mail-jewish Moderator


From: Rachel Swirsky <yu211366@...>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 10:41:57 -0700
Subject: Candy at an Aufruf

I do not know where it comes from, but it is likely connected to why
children get chocolate chanuka gelt.  It is a way of associating torah
with something sweet.  The same holds true of a Bar Mitzva or even a
baby naming.



From: Yael Levine Katz <ylkpk@...>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 20:27:48 +0200
Subject: Cases in Responsa Literature of Husbands Who Killed Wives

In light of the recent epidemic in Israel of women who have been
murdered by their husbands, I was wondering if there were any historical
precedents in the responsa literature.

Yael Levine Katz


From: Asher Goldstein <mzieashr@...>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 09:38:47 +0200
Subject: Eruv Question

An internet site posted this:

...>The legal showdown between Orthodox Jews in Tenafly and the 
>Borough Council over maintaining an eruv atop utility poles begins 
>in federal court.... The hearing before U.S. District Judge ... will
determine >whether the eruv, which the Orthodox erected without permission
from Tenafly >officials, should be allowed to remain attached to borough
utility poles....

Halakhically, isn't the permission of the ruling body (town council, local
prince, etc.) needed to erect an eruv outside of Israel?


From: Gershon Dubin <gershon.dubin@...>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 23:03:02 -0400
Subject: Hashovas aveida

If anyone knows the whereabouts of a megila (Rus,  Shir Hashirim, 
Koheles) which was borrowed from the Cohen family/Lakewood minyan of
Flatbush approximately a year ago,  please respond to me off list.

Thank you.



From: Fishel Todd <Pirchei@...>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 12:01:02 -0400
Subject: Smicha Program

The Shema Yisrael Torah Network has developed an on-line SMICHA program. 
It is perhaps of the biggest breakthroughs in on-line learning since the
beginning of the NET.  For those interested in joining they should go to
www.shemayisrael.com, to join in

With Torah BLessings,

Fishel Todd


From: Lulu Feldhamer <luluf2002@...>
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 19:25:45 -0400
Subject: Smoking

 Hi, my name is Lulu Feldhamer. I attend H.A.F.T.R middle school, which is a
yeshiva in lawrence N.Y. In order to graduate, we must write a thesis about
some sort of law or something about jewish religion. For mine, i chose
"smoking is against jewish religion". If you could please help me find some
in formation about smoking and/or tobbacco being against jewish religion, i
would highly appreciate it. I saw that other people also asked about that
from your web-site, so if you could maybe just tell me about that. Thank you
soooo much. my e-mail address is <luluf2002@...>


From: Barbara Lehman <lehmanb@...>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:11:54 -0500
Subject: Stolen Manuscripts

Please keep your eyes open for these items, should they happen to be
offered for sale.

While being housed in temporary storage, several boxes of early printed
Hebrew books, fragments and manuscripts of the Lehmann family have
disappeared. The materials were described in the published catalogues of
the Lehmann collections [*Ohel Hayim* vols. 1-4, under the general
editorship of Dr. Elazar Hurvitz], many of them with facsimiles of
sample pages. Many were also microfilmed for the Institute of
Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in Jerusalem, so that is it possible to
identify them.

If the whereabouts of any of the items in the list below is known, or if
any of the items are offered for sale, please notify Mrs Barbara Lehmann
Siegel immediately at <lehmanb@...> Mrs. Siegel may also be reached
by fax at 301- 589-3808.

There is a reward being offered for the return of the books,
manuscripts, and fragments .

Thank you.

The following  are all catalogued in *Ohel Hayim Catalogue Volume  3*

SC202		Eliyahu Ben Avraham, 1561,  153 pp, Teshuvot Vshe'elot 
Constantinople ( see p.266 of catalogue)
SC 207	Alexander Cohen Zoslin, 1571,  230 pp Sefer HaAggada, Halacha 
Cracow   (P.270)

SC 212	Moshe Ben Yaakov Cordoero, 1591, Pardes Rimonim   Cracow ( p.276)

SC 213	Yitzchok ben YosefMeKoribayil, 1596, Amudei Gola Carcow ( p.276)

SC 214	Meir Ben Baruch Me'Ratenberg (Maharam), 1556, 15 pp.  She'elot 
u'Teshuvot Cremona ( p.277)

SC 217	Rambam Philosophy 1566,  Meluta Hahegyon, Cremona ( p.280)

SC 218	Nissim Ben Reuven Girondi ( Haran), 1546 Sheulot u'Teshuvot   Rome ( 

SC 219	Yitchok ben Yosef Caro "Toldot Yitzchok" 1558, Riva de Trento	( p.282)

SC 220	Mer Ben Yitzchok Ahdabi 1558,  "Shevilei Emunah"  Rvia de 
Trento  (p.284)

SC 221	Mordechai ben Hillel Ashkenazi, 1558, "Rav Mordechai Halacha" ( p.285)

SC 224	Yosef ben Avraham Gikatilia, 1561, Kabbala "Yisharei Ora" Riva de 
Trento (p.

SC 225	Yosef Albo, 1572, Sefer HaIkarrim, 154 pp., Rimini ( p.287)

SC 226	Yaakov Baruch Ben yehuda Lando, 1525, "Sefer Igur" Rimini ( p.287)

SC 227	Shimon HaDarshan mi Frankfort , 1521 "Yalkut Shimoni - Neviim & 
Keturbbim" 377 pp., Salonica ( p.288)

SC 228	Shimon HaDarshan mi Frankfort , 1527 "Yalkut Shimoni - Torah" 
Salonica, (p.290)

SC 229	"C'nal" Salonica, ( p.291)

SC 230	Shmuel ben Moshe Dei Medina ("Maharsham") 1585, "Shelot uTeshuvot" 
Salonica ( p.291)

The following are catalogued in the *Ohel Hayim Catalogue volume 1*,
Kabbala Manuscripts

K26	Krasni, Isaac "Kabbalistic Homilies to the Torah", 1778 , Parshat 
Tezaveh,  Tunisia, p.58 of Ohel Hayim Catalogue

K 27	Krasni, Isaac "Kabbalistic Homilies to the Torah", 1779-1780, Sefer 
Bamidbar ( Numbers) Tunisia ( p.59)
K 28	Krasni, Isaac, "Kabbalistic Homilies to the Torah", 1779-1783 Sefer 
Devarim              (Deuteronomy) Tunisia ( p.60,63)

K 29 	Krasni, Isaac "Kabbalistic Homilies for Special Shabbatot and 
Holidays" 1782-83   Tunisia   ( p.61)

K 30 	Krasni, Isaac "Kabbalistic Homilies for Special Occasions 1766-1783 
Tunisia (p.62)

K 31	Kabbalistic Homilies to the Book of Genesis 16th century. (P.64, 65)

K 32	Yaakov Ibn Zur, (Ha'Yaavetz) "Comments on Sefer Sha'ar Ha-Kavvanot" 
1760 (p.66,67)

K33	Kabbalistic Regulations Based upon the Sha'ar ha Mitzvot of Rabbi Hayim 
Vital (p.68,69)

K34	Zekharia Siminer of Plungian, "Sefer Zekhira" 18th century, Yemen ( 

K35	"Hiddushim" - Magical Formulae and amulets, Miscellania, 18th -19th 
century, Morocco (p.72- 77)

K36	Abraham ben Mordecai Azulai:Hesed Le Avraham", 1570-1643, Hebron (p.78,79)

K 37	Pinhas Eliyahu ben Meir Horowitz, "Ta'am Ezo", 19th century, Vilna 

K 38	Hayyim Vital, "Ta'Amei Mitzvot" 1730. (P.82,83)

K 39	Hayyim Vital, "Sha'ar Derushei haNeshamot Veha Gilgulim"(TeAmei Mitzvot)
Nathan ben Reuven David Shapira Hayerushalmi "Tuv Ha-Arez"
1765 ( p.84-86)

K40	Leib Saraval, "Yodea Ta'alumot" 18th century (p.86,87)

K 41	Miscellania , 19th century (p.88-91)

K 42	Miscellania: Seder Tikkun Hazot Re'Ashim u're'Amim Sefer Ha-Bal'ei ( 
astrology) Abraham Ibn Ezra, Seder HaMazalot Goral by Saadiah Gaon
Shevilei Emunah Shelomo Ibn Hamo,"Sefer Livyat Hen" Miscellania

K43	Hayim Vital, "Sefer Ha-Kavvanot Hagahot," 18th century (p.96,97)

K44	Hayyim Vital, "Sefer Ha-kavvanot" 18th century (p.98, 99)

K 45	Avraham ben Mordecai Azulai "Kenaf Renanim" 1700 (p.100,101)

K46	Menahm Azariah of Fano, "Kanfei Yonah"  18th century (p.102,103)

K 47	Hayyim Yaakov Zemah, "Lehem Min Ha-Shamayim, Commentary on Idra Zuta" 
17th century, Italy (p. 104,105)

K 48	Likkutei Hiddushim on the Zohar, 19th century North Africa (p.106,107)

K 49	Isaac ha Kohen "Ma-amar al Ha Azilut Ha-Semalit" 15th century (p.108- 110)

K 50	Hayyim Vital "Mevo She'arim" 18th century (p.110,111)

Manuscript Kiddush Levana

The following are catalogued in the *Ohel Hayim Catalogue Volume 2*

B  154 Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, with Rashi, 19th 
century,  (p.290-293)

B 172 Book of Haftarot,19th C,Southern (p.338-341)

108-Mahzor 2 volumes, A,A2
C, C2; B, B2
109 Mahzor

B 97 Psalms, 89:23-47 16thC, (p.196)

B 95 Psalms, 17:13-18:16; 67:5-69:37; 11987-110; 123:2-126;3; 132:8-135;1; 
142:4-143;11.   14th C, (p.195)

B 105 Daniel 3:17-4:12 14th Century (p.209,208)

B 106 Daniel 6:8-17, 15th century (p.209,210)

B 107 Yemenite Tadj, Pentateuch 1391   micrograph (p.211-216)

B 89  I Kings 5:14-29; 8:54-9:3; 12:30-13:11; 2 Kings 3:14-4:2   16th 
Century, (p.18,187)

B 90 2 Kings 6:15-30; 10:25-11:5 16th century (p.188,189)

B 91   2 Kings 25:28-30 17th century (p.191)

B 93 Jeremiah 24:3-8; 25:3-8   16th century (p.193)

>From *Ohel Hayim vol 4* 

Rambam Fragments M11-85


From: Joseph P. Wetstein <jpw@...>
Subject: Tapes of Shiur by Rabbi Berkowitz

I recently heard a tape by Rabbi [] Gold in response to Rabbi [] Berkowitz
about Religious Zionism. Does anyone know where I could listen to the
original tape(s) by Rabbi Berkowitz or possibly contact him? 

 Joseph P. Wetstein, P.E.	  
 (707) 202-0600 fax


From: Shmuel Himelstein <shmuelh@...>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 14:59:46 +0300
Subject: Tefillah question

On Shabbat morning there is often a "change of guard" of Chazanim at
"Shochein Ad". At that point the congregation recites the first
paragraph, and the Chazan repeats it. On Yomtov and the Yamim Nora'im,
though, the Chazan starts earlier (at either "HaKeil" or HaMelech"). My
question is when the congregation is supposed to say this added section
and the "Shochein Ad" section: before the Chazan starts? along with the
Chazan? after the Chazan finishes?

Is there any definitive statement/ruling about this?

Shmuel Himelstein


From: Wieder, Maurice <maurice@...>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 12:48:18 -0400
Subject: Why is Matzoh Shmurah different?

Can anyone explain why Machine made Matzoh Shmurah should look and taste
differently from Machine made Matzoh Not-Shmurah even when manufactured by
the same company?  This year we used Hadar Shmurah Matzoh which is made by
Yehudah Matzoh Co.  The matzohs are totally different as is the matzoh meal.
In past years we used other brands and the shmurah is always darker and does
not work well in my wife's recipes.



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