Friday, July 4, 2008

כי הזכרון וההבנה הם שתי הפכים כידוע

[Despite some reservations, I decided to post the following. The source is ShuT Av B'Chochma and it concerns the novel interpretation of the author that would allow Chalitzah to be performed through a Shliach. Apparently, the author was very insulted by the sharp dismissal of his chiddush by the Rogatchover so he penned the following sharp response. The issue must be understood within that context. I hope that in posting this I have not denigrated the honour of the Rogatchover whom I admire very much but I thought that the response in and of itself was not without interest. For biographical details on the author R' Yudelovich see here]


Anonymous said...

What is this all about?

Anonymous said...

why are you leaving the sefer a secret?

MYG said...


Anonymous said...


4:17 AM???
I guess you're really taking this polyphasic thing seriously!

Anonymous said...

From what I understand he's not the only one who felt this way about the Rogatchover. Prof Shapiro quotes similar sentiments from R' Weinberg (though these were at least unpublished).

Anonymous said...

it's interesting to note that on of the great Rabbanim of that generation is quoted as having said that the Rogotchover did not in fact have a good memory; memory is the term used when one hasn't had contact with the given topic, whereas the Rogotchover was constantly in the midst of learning the entire Torah at great speed and that accounted for his astonishing proficiency.

Ovadia said...

Anon 2:08

it was R. Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, the Ohr Sameach

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