Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Continuation of previous post

[Continuing this post]

1. I meant to cite this very interesting comment of R' Menashe Klein in the earlier post (this also relates to my series on "Precedent and Autonomy"):

quoted in Elyakim Rubenstein - "On the life and works of the Chafetz Chaim" in Yitzchak Elan Steinberg, ed., Beracha Le'Avraham: A Collection of Articles in Honor of Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg's Sixtieth Birthday (Jerusalem: Old City Press, 2008), 461-475

2. As I once mentioned, it is interesting that we have no record of any of the shiurim that the MB gave as RY in Radin. Mishpacha had an interview with R' Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg awhile back wherein he said:

The Chofetz Chaim’s approach was simplicity. One must first master the simple text with Rashi and Tosafos. I don’t ever remember him getting excited over a shtikel Torah, a good intricate vort. But I do recall him enthusing over solid study."

which I think does much to explain the above. The Chafetz Chaim's genius was in the careful way he gave over the peshat of the sugya. He did not focus on developing new chiddushim.

3. There seems to be a mistaken assumption that there was some type of competition between the kulot of the Aruch Hashulchan and the chumrot of the MB which the MB somehow "won". This is incorrect on two counts.The target audience of the MB was chiefly the layman (see introduction to MB), whereas the target of the AS was the Rabbonim (See Mekor Baruch V. 3). In this respect, one can say that both seforim reached their target audience as the AS is still very much studied (and perhaps preferred) among the Rabbinic elite, whereas the MB remians the sefer of choice for the laymen. It is also a mistake to refer to the MB's as a machmir. I refer the interested reader to Benny Browns groundbreaking article on "'Soft stringency' in the Mishnah Brurah: Jurisprudential, social and ideological aspects of a Halakhic formulation. "


Anonymous said...

Never one to understate his position is Rabbi Klein. Though he raises a good point: when, and why, did the MB gain this "canonical" status?

David Guttmann said...

I vaguely remeber that the Divrei Chaim says a similar thing about a shochet I believe I saw it quoted in Ne'echaz Basevach. I will look for it BN if I dont forget.Doesn't R. Menashe refer to it?

Anonymous said...

I think it was about a melamed who didn't believe that the Ohr Hachaim was written with Ruach Hakodesh. R. Klein quotes it in his Teshuva on the authority of Chazal in general.

Anonymous said...

"I vaguely remeber that the Divrei Chaim says a similar thing about a shochet"

it's 106 in the d"c if I recall

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