Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Frankel Rambam

I recently saw a letter circulating (purporting to be) from one of the editors of the Frankel Rambam, responding to a question why the edition of the Mishneh Torah does not refer to R. Yosef Kafach or R. Avraham Kook. In response, the editor gave extensive citations from R. Kafach's work that demonstrate his frequent use of dismissive language when he disagreed with prior commentators. I'm not sure why this is sufficient to ignore him but, really, who does he think he is kidding?

Forget about R. Kafach. The Frankel Rambam does not cite Rav Kook. Nor does it cite R. Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer's Derishas Tziyon, the Em Ha-Banim Semechah, R. Menachem Kasher's Ha-Tekufah Ha-Gedolah (which has a running commentary on the last two chapters of Hilkhos Melakhim!), R. Ya'akov Moshe Charlop and other Religious Zionists. It also does not quote R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik (except for one time) or the last Lubavitcher Rebbe.

But Va-Yo'el Moshe is quoted consistently in Hilkhos Melakhim.

Politics? I think so, not that there's anything wrong with it. But 'fess up to it. If you make an editorial decision, be man enough to stand by it in public.

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