Volume 66 Number 31 
      Produced: Sun, 29 Jan 23 16:27:43 -0500

Subjects Discussed In This Issue:

Cephalon 11-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Oil-Infused Ceramic Cookware (2)
    [Prof. L. Levine  Joel Rich]
Dying declaration (2)
    [Ari Trachtenberg  Abraham Lebowitz]
Milchemet rshut 
    [Joel Rich]
Name change 
    [Joel Rich]
Sources for Shabbat zemirot? 
    [Bob Kosovsky]
Taker but not giver? 
    [Stuart Pilichowski]
The Grandchild Clause In The Law Of Return 
    [David Tzohar]
Yaakov's pragmatic, not philosophical, reactions 
    [Micha Berger]


From: Prof. L. Levine <llevine@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 14,2023 at 03:17 PM
Subject: Cephalon 11-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Oil-Infused Ceramic Cookware

First may I apologise for my earlier posting (MJ 66#29) in which I misspelled
the product name. It is Calphalon not Cephalon.

Leah Gordon wrote in reply (MJ 66#30):

> Interestingly, a competitor (Victoria) advertises that they season their
> cookware only with "kosher-certified flaxseed oil".

I looked at the web site for Victoria pots and pans. I do not believe that their
items are coated with ceramic.  Thus, they are not really a competitor to
Calphalon pots and pans.

> HOWEVER, even if the oil were non-kosher, isn't there a more complicated
> analysis that has to be done rabbinically, in terms of taste imparted, purpose
> of the oil, amount of oil, etc.?  That would be someone else's job on M.J!!

I have brought this to the attention of the OU.  The rabbi I spoke with did not
know if even just ceramic coating is a problem, and is looking into it. If and
when I receive a response, I will post it.

Professor Yitzchok Levine

From: Joel Rich <joelirarich@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 14,2023 at 11:17 PM
Subject: Cephalon 11-Piece Pots and Pans Set, Oil-Infused Ceramic Cookware

Listen here for quick summary:



Joel Rich


From: Ari Trachtenberg <trachten@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 14,2023 at 06:17 PM
Subject: Dying declaration

Yisrael Medad wrote (MJ 66#30):
> In response to Ari Trachtenberg's query (MJ 66#29) regarding a dying man's
> declaration in Halacha, I refer him to the Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Sefer Kinyan,
> Zechiyah uMattanah, Chapter Eight, para. 3 on for a start.

Thanks! ... This is related to the Talmud sugya I found (Gittin 15a), but the
interesting distinction with secular law is that it appears to apply to money
matters, whereas the secular law is only applicable to criminal matters.

I would imagine this could cause problems if, say, potential inheritors claimed
that their dying parent promised all his/her worldly possessions to them.

From: Abraham Lebowitz <asaac76@...>
Date: Wed, Jan 18,2023 at 05:17 AM
Subject: Dying declaration

In common law, a "dying declaration" is a statement made by a person who is
about to die (or thinks that he is).  It is admissible in court (whereas,
otherwise, it would be considered "hearsay") under the presumption that the
dying individual has no personal incentive to lie.

Yes there most certainly is. It is called Tzava'at shchiv meira [the will of a
dying person].



From: Joel Rich <joelirarich@...>
Date: Tue, Jan 17,2023 at 11:17 PM
Subject: Milchemet rshut

As far as milchemet rshut (voluntary war) I found a couple of commentators who
say it is not an advice and consent function of the court but rather either to
clarify the laws of war or to pray for the warriors. I did not find other
comments but assuming that others believe it is advice and consent what exactly
are the parameters that the court is supposed to take into account?

Joel Rich


From: Joel Rich <joelirarich@...>
Date: Wed, Jan 18,2023 at 10:17 AM
Subject: Name change

When someone is very ill, have you seen name added or total name change? If
added, was it added as first name (e.g Chaim Moshe) or last (Moshe Chaim)? In
either case, anything other than Chaim or Refael?

Joel Rich


From: Bob Kosovsky <kos@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 21,2023 at 11:17 PM
Subject: Sources for Shabbat zemirot?

Around the Shabbat table this past Shabbos, several of us were trying to explain
to someone less well-versed how many (most?) Shabbat zemirot are complilations/
reworkings of pesukim from a vast variety of Jewish sources.

Is there a work which comprehensively goes through at least one zemer and
provides citations from where each line comes from or from what it is derived?

Bob Kosovsky
New York City


From: Stuart Pilichowski <stupillow@...>
Date: Sun, Jan 15,2023 at 02:17 AM
Subject: Taker but not giver?

The only thing I'd like to add to Meir Shinnar's post are contact information
for organ donation:


If you just want to update your information do not re-register. Send an
email to <office@...>

If you live in Israel and you want an organ donor card you need to register for
the Israeli ADI organ donor card at https://www.adi.gov.il/en/. HODS does not
offer its organ donor cards to people living in Israel unless they are
physicians or rabbis.

TO GET A HODS ORGAN DONOR CARD: When you register for a HODS organ donor card
you become a HODS member.  The card comes with an $18 donation.  Your support
enables us to save lives. Registration takes 4 minutes. The information you send
us will remain confidential and will be shared only with transplant networks
upon their request.

Stuart Pilichowski

Mevaseret Zion, Israel

Phone 972- 527-222-827


From: David Tzohar <davidtzohar@...>
Date: Sun, Jan 15,2023 at 03:17 AM
Subject: The Grandchild Clause In The Law Of Return

Yisrael Meidad (MJ 66#29) asked for the source of the statistics that I brought
concerning the olim from North America. According to the LAMASof (Lishka
mercazit lestatistica - central office of government statistics), during the
years 2010-2020 out of approximately 20,000 olim from north america 87 were
disqualified under the "grandchild clause". 

I assume that the number of  children of non-Jewish mothers was higher but this
statistic was not  mentioned in the article I read (in the newspaper Makor

R' David Yitzchak Tzohar



From: Micha Berger <micha@...>
Date: Mon, Jan 23,2023 at 04:17 PM
Subject: Yaakov's pragmatic, not philosophical, reactions

Joel Rich wrote (MJ 66#29):

> Has anyone a comment on the parallels of Yaakov's pragmatic (not 
> philosophical) reactions in Toldot (27:12) (maybe my father will find me out) 
> and in Vayishlach (34:30) (maybe the locals will destroy me/us)?

It could be that he trusted his mother (and the navi she consulted) that there
was a net moral positive in deceiving his father. So, he only had the fear that
it wouldn't work anyway, and the positive outcome wouldn't happen, only the
moral negative of geneivas da'as.

OTOH, at the end of his life, he leaves Shimon and Levi with a more value-driven
message about the attacks on Shechem and the sale of Yoseif. Maybe he suspended
judgment on the moral question until he learned of the sale and realized he was
dealing with "kelei chamas mesheiroseihem" and not holy kana'us.

(R Matis Blum zt"l, Torah LoDa'as, wrote something along those lines about
mechiras Yoseif informing Yaaqov's judgement of slaughtering Sechem in my Bar
Mitzvah derashah, which was parashas Pinechas.)

Chodesh Tov!
Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger
Author: Widen Your Tent
- https://amzn.to/2JRxnDF


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