רבן שמעון בן גמליאל אומר אין עושין נפשות לצדיקים דבריהם הן הן זכרונן
ירושלמי שקלים פ"ב ה"ה
Do you have the background information as to what prompted this response?
It's clearly a reference to the battle between the Chief Rabbinate of England and the breakaway "Machzikei Hadas" faction, which accused the CR of lapses in kashrus supervision. The "Nesher" referred to would be R' Herman Adler, then Chief Rabbi.The "Rav Hamefursam" sounds a lot like RYES, but you have to check the dates to see if he was still alive at the time (I believe he died in 1896). RHA served as CR from 1891 to 1911 - I don't recall when the dispute was.There's a letter in the CC's collected letters to these same people. He was generally symphathetic to their concerns, but felt they should try to make a greater effort to work with rather than fight RHA.
FP, I'm impressed!!! Nice job. The letter is in fact related to the cotroversy you speak of and can be found along with the letters of the CC and lots of other stuff here - http://israel613.com/books/MACHZIKE_DAT_LONDON-E.pdfAnoter letter relating to the cotoversy can be found in Igra D' Bei Hillula.
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