Volume 6 Number 54

Subjects Discussed In This Issue: 

Kohanim as Medical Students
         [Paul Nailand]
Rabbi Gottlieb's Tapes
         [Rechell Schwartz]
Raising goats in Israel
         [Yehoshua Steinberg]
Surrogate Motherhood
         [Mechael Kanovsky]
Two Days Purim
         [Yisrael Medad]
Visiting Goteborg, Sweden
         [<dacooper@...> (David Cooper0]
Yeshivas in Israel
         [Gedaliah Friedenberg]
Yishuv in search of a Rabbi
         [Ron Katz]


From: <047NAIL@...> (Paul Nailand)
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 93 07:39:40 -0500
Subject:  Kohanim as Medical Students

Good day all

I would be very grateful if anyone might have any information regarding
the study of medicine by kohanim or be able to put me in contact with
some-one who may be able to advise me in this respect.

I am an observant Kohen who has harboured a great desire to study and
practice medicine. I need to let the medical school to which I applied
know if I am going to start, like yesterday. I am obligated to handle
cadavers in dissection in anatomy (although they are all non-jewish),
and really am in a quandary and will appreciate any advice.

Thank you

Paul Nailand
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


From: <rrs@...> (Rechell Schwartz)
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 93 09:11:14 EST
Subject: Rabbi Gottlieb's Tapes

Several people have sent me e-mail concerning how to acquire Rabbi
Gottlieb's Tapes. I have since learned that they can be acquired through
Ohr Somayach, 613 Clark Ave., West Thornhill, Ontario, L4J5V3.
The phone number is (416) 886-5730.

                       Rechell Schwartz

P.S. To Robert Light: I did try to respond to your request through e-mail,
but it doesn't seem like I was able to reach you.


From: <steinbrg@...> (Yehoshua Steinberg)
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 93 09:03:51 -0500
Subject: Raising goats in Israel

Interesting sha'alah has come up. The Mishna (I believe B"K 79b) states
that one may not raise "behemot dakot" (basically, sheep and goats) in
Eretz Yisrael. Two distinct reasons given for this are the fact that
such creatures are wont to wander into the fields of others, thereby
constituting _gezel_ (stealing), and the other being _yishuv Eretz
Yisrael_ (settling the land of Israel - these animals have a harmful
effect on the ecology, especially in a semi-arid country such as Eretz

The only heter (allowance) I was able to find offhand was a reference
(by Bartenura I believe, either in B.K. or in Demai, where the halacha
is also mentioned) to the fact that "be'zeman hazeh" (nowadays) the land
is "not in the hands of Israelites."

Aside from the fact that I'm not sure which of the reasons for the
prohibition this refers to, the point seems to be rendered moot in this
generation in any case.

Is this the only possible heter? Can anyone with access to the online
responsa archive give references on modern teshuvot? I have seen goats
being raised (with the milk products bearing no less than a "Badatz"
hechsher), so I'm assuming some authorities must have dealt with the



From: <KANOVSKY@...> (Mechael Kanovsky)
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 93 17:00:51 -0500
Subject: Re: Surrogate Motherhood

There is a book called jewish bioethics by Bleich and some other person
(they are the editors) and there is an article in there that deals with
this matter.


From: MEDAD%<ILNCRD@...> (Yisrael Medad)
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 93 03:30:06 -0500
Subject: Two Days Purim

At my home village of Shiloh, because of the "safek" (doubt), we
celebrate almost two days of Purim.  That is, we read Megillah 4 times
(the second twice) without a B'racha, etc.

The problem is that our Rav is not fully convinced that Shiloh was
surrounded by a wall at the time of the conquest, i.e., the Yehoshua
Bin_nun period.  Archeologists have uncovered a massive 8 meter high by
5 meters thick wall around Shiloh from that time but the Rav questions
whether the place was inhabited at the time - Shiloh is not mentioned as
a conquered town.  But actually, the new village of Shiloh does not sit
on the ancient Tel itself.

Besides partying for two days (and drinking at two seudot, etc), this
two day business can get tiring.  Any ideas, anyone?

Yisrael Medad


From: <dacooper@...> (David Cooper0
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1993 06:37:49 -0500
Subject: Visiting Goteborg, Sweden

A friend of mine working for a Swedish company in Toronto is being sent to
Goteborg (Sweden) for three months. He'll be there from 18 April until the
end of June 1993. If anybody has information regarding Jewish life there;
access to Kosher food, shuls, contacts etc., please write to him (Jonathon
Bordan) at: "<egc.egc.jbordan@...>".


From: <friedenb@...> (Gedaliah Friedenberg)
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 93 12:45:00 -0500
Subject: Yeshivas in Israel

I am also planning on learning for a year in Israel after graduation
in December.  I am considering Darchei Noam/Shappels and Machon
Shlomo.  I am looking for email contact with any former students to
hear the pros and cons of their experiences.  

This is also my first time reading/submitting to m.j.  I am looking
forward to more in the future.

Gedaliah Friedenberg (<friedenb@...>)   


From: <katz@...> (Ron Katz)
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 93 16:27:53 IST
Subject: Yishuv in search of a Rabbi

The following is an Call for Applicants for the position of Rav (Rabbi)
of Ramat Modiim.

The Yishuv (settlement/town) of Ramat Modiim has officially started its
search for a spiritual leader.

Ramat Modiim is a religious (shomer shabat, educated working people) 
settlement of approx. 200 families (a number of whom are on this list). 
The population is approx. 25-35 % anglo-saxon, with the rest being Edot 
Hamizrach (Yeminite or Morrocan) and "regular" Israelis.

The yishuv is located in the Modiin region of Israel, 30 minutes from
Tel-Aviv and 30 minutes from Jerusalem (and 15 minutes from the

A committee has been formed to gather applicants (I am not on this
committee, but I could provide more information and forward any
applications to the committee.

The financial or practical arrangements are being worked out with the
committee and the various government bodies.

Ron Katz  (home phone 08-261-429,   work 03-565-8030)

(minimal requirements -(In the Purim spirit):  Rabbi must be old and young, 
 Separhdic and Ashkenazic,  Anglo-Saxon and Morrocan, 
 learned and having secular knowledge (Phd.),
 Army veteran (commando unit), ...)


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