Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Two Follow-Ups

  • Holiday Parties (link)
    I saw in the recently published Shulchan HaLevi (p. 135) that R. Yisroel Belsky permits, based on the Rema, attending a holiday party. However, he adds that you should only do so if you must, you should not stay longer than necessary, and you should leave if the activities become improper.

  • Shoveling Snow (link)
    In the most recent volume of the YU Torah journal Beis Yitzchak (link, pp. 236-238), R. Asher Bush discusses shoveling snow on Shabbos. In particular, he raises important points that I have not seen elsewhere regarding violating a rabbinic prohibition to prevent danger and exerting significant effort for the sake of a mitzvah.

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