Volume 61 Number 86 
      Produced: Thu, 13 Jun 13 16:34:12 -0400

Subjects Discussed In This Issue:

Eliezer Levi 
    [Martin Stern]
Exporting unsolicited Halacha 
    [Carl Singer]
    [Carl Singer]
Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth ZT'L 
    [Sammy Finkelman]
Yizkor on chag - contradiction with Simchat Chag (2)
    [Perets Mett  Menashe Elyashiv]


From: Martin Stern <md.stern@...>
Date: Thu, Jun 6,2013 at 04:01 PM
Subject: Eliezer Levi

Asher Breatross wrote (MJ 61#85):

> Does anyone know any particulars about Eliezer Levi?  He wrote a Sefer called
> Yesodot HaTefilla

I don't know much about Eliezer Levi, but he also wrote a companion volume to
Yesodot HaTefilla called Torat HaTefilla which is more of a commentary on
the text of the siddur.

Martin Stern


From: Carl Singer <carl.singer@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 7,2013 at 11:01 AM
Subject: Exporting unsolicited Halacha

I woke up this morning to find two unsolicited emails in my in-basket from
an anonymous organization with a clever sounding Hebrew name -- let's say
something like "mitzvahs for life"

One was a Shabbos Parsha Drosh + some Shabbos halacha, the other a daily
list of halachas [6 days x 2 per day]  - the topic of all 14 halachas is
Yichud and various combinations and permutations of men / women together.

The Shabbos one had this admonition:   Important Note:

When Reading in Shul, Please Refrain From Reading During Davening and Krias

There was a caveat at the end:  Please Note: The Halachos on this website
are based on my personal understanding of the Halachic texts or Rabbanim
quoted, and are for learning purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
DO NOT rely on them for Psak Halacha L'Maaseh. If you have questions or
require further source information, please email me the question and I will
try to respond as soon as I can. For a Halacha L'Ma'aseh Psak, please
contact your local Orthodox Rabbi. Thank you.

Oh and this message:  Please Note: If you wish to forward this email please
use the link at the bottom of this page. Forwarding via your regular email
server may inadvertently unsubscribe you from our list, and prevent you
from receiving future "Halacha For Today" emails.
(Baloney - but they want you to use their form for forwarding email -- this
way they'll get the email address of whomever you forward their mail to.)

Oh -- and, yes, many ways to sponsor / donate to them.  A link to a site
where you can donate via paypal -- still no name / address of sponsor.


*The above troubles me -- however well intentioned it may be, "who asked
them."  --   I didn't solicit halachic advice, I have a Rav who I can turn
*Doesn't this approach undermine our local communities?    Is it that
different than the local appliance store being overwhelmed by Amazon or
other e-tailers.*

*Carl A. Singer, Ph.D.
Colonel, U.S. Army Retired



From: Carl Singer <carl.singer@...>
Date: Thu, Jun 6,2013 at 06:01 PM
Subject: Music/spirituality/davening

The wide range of answers reflects that we as individuals personalize
music, spirituality (whatever that means) and davening in many different

Whether it is grand chazzonus or simply a niggun -- I personally find comfort
and inspiration in the familiar melodies of my youth -- a tune or even a
phrase of long ago, and I'm back davening next to my Father, zt"l, some 50
years ago in a hot, sweaty room on Yom Kippur.

Conversely, some new "tunes" just don't make it for me -- perhaps it's a
lack of familiarity, perhaps it's simply a lack of musical "value."
Then again I remember years ago when popular secular tunes and Israeli
tunes were acceptable.

It seems that it's "to each his/her own."

Kol Tuv

Carl A. Singer, Ph.D.
Colonel, U.S. Army Retired
70 Howard Avenue
Passaic, NJ  07055-5328


From: Sammy Finkelman <sammy.finkelman@...>
Date: Tue, Jun 11,2013 at 02:01 PM
Subject: Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth ZT'L

It is probably worth noting here that Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth,
author of **Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah**
has died today (June 11, Gimel Tammuz) at the age of 85, after being in a
hospital since last week, Wednesday, June 5.


Wikipedia notes the original Hebrew edition of **Shemirat Shabbat
Kehilchatah** was published in 1965, and Feldheim Publishers published the
first volume of the English-language translation in 1984; volume 2 was published 
in 1989, Volume 3 in 1997, and the small Volume 4 in 2001, and the current three-
volume boxed set, with the order somewhat rearranged, was issued in 2002.  The 
Hebrew volumes had footnotes.

He was a disciple of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach 
but didn't include many of his more lenient (in principle) opinions
(Rabbi Auerbach was not prepared to just pasken).

Eight of the 32 chapters of the original Hebrew edition were devoted to
Rabbi Auerbach's rulings on medical halacha.


From: Perets Mett <p.mett00@...>
Date: Thu, Jun 6,2013 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Yizkor on chag - contradiction with Simchat Chag

Martin Stern (Mail-Jewish 61 #85) wrote:

> Despite the general perception, this custom is not universal, being peculiar
> to those Ashkenazim who settled (approximately) East of the Elbe, which
> includes most Ashkenazim today. It was not observed by the Jews of South and
> West Germany (and of Alsace, Switzerland, Holland and North Italy) who had a
> different custom called Matnat Yad where a special mi shebeirach was recited
> for each person present in which he pledged a donation to tsedakah.

What Martin undoubtedly intended to add was that this custom took place on the
three yomim tovim when (in chuts lo-orets only) the krias haTorah is Kol Habchor
(or Aser Te'aser), which concludes with the posuk:

	"Ish kematnas yodo"

Perets Mett

From: Menashe Elyashiv <Menashe.Elyashiv@...>
Date: Thu, Jun 6,2013 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Yizkor on chag - contradiction with Simchat Chag

OK, its a great way to make (charity) money ... but this is really an east 
european minhag. Sefaradim don't say it. And here in Israel, it makes the single-
day Shavuot prayers longer (Ruth, Akdamot), and, on the single-day Shmini
Atseret, it seems to be out of place, coming after hakafot & joyful finishing and 
restarting the Torah cycle.


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