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Volume 37: Number 93

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

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Subjects Discussed In This Issue:
Message: 1
From: Micha Berger
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2019 16:31:46 -0500
Re: [Avodah] Thanksgiving Harmless Holiday or Chukos HaGoyim?

Rav Dovid Lifshitz didn't personally eat turkey because of iffyness of
saying it fits the requirement for a kosher species of bird to be backed
by a mesorah. Not lekhakhah, but as a personal chumerah.

And yet R Dovid celebrated Thanksgiving. (Which was a more common
sentiment in the refugee generation.) But he did so with a goose dinner.

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 Education is not the filling of a bucket,
http://www.aishdas.org/asp   but the lighting of a fire.
Author: Widen Your Tent                   - W.B. Yeats
- https://amzn.to/2JRxnDF

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Message: 2
From: Micha Berger
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2019 02:35:43 -0500
[Avodah] Is Thursday Night Chulent Permissible?

I would strongly dis-recommend chulent before Shabbos lunch. (Be glad
I am not yours or anyone's poseiq.) Here is my argument against.

The Shabbos daytime meal is supposed to be more important than Friday
night's meal. One is supposed to save their favorite dishes for lunch. The
gemara even mentions chamin as one such food that should be saved!

So what is Thu or Fri night chulent?

It is taking a food invented for the purpose of contributing to making
Shabbos lunch the high point of the week's food and being too impatient
to get one's treat to show proper kevod Shabbos.

Rashi (Gittin 38b) says that people who make Fri night the greater meal
should fear punishment!

See also AhS OC 271:9, who finds what he calls a "limmud zekhus" for
people who serve their most special foods Fri night -- many of them
aren't as enjoyable the next morning. But he says this is why we have
kugel and chulent, foods that can remain on the fire all night.

After seeing what is said about not saving special food for Shabbos
lunch, and chulent is designed to be that special food, and having it
Friday night, al achas kamah vekamah serving it before Shabbos altogether!

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 The purely righteous do not complain about evil,
http://www.aishdas.org/asp   but add justice, don't complain about heresy,
Author: Widen Your Tent      but add faith, don't complain about ignorance,
- https://amzn.to/2JRxnDF    but add wisdom.     - R AY Kook, Arpelei Tohar

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Message: 3
From: Toby Katz
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2019 17:31:18 +0000 (UTC)
[Avodah] R' Osher Katz -- Osher Eliyahu ben Shayna

Dear Friends and Family,

I would not normally send out something so personal but my brother-in-law,
R' Osher Katz, was diagnosed with cancer three months ago -- Stage 4 --
and he has not yet begun treatment, because, for complicated reasons,
he has no insurance and very low income. There is treatment that offers
hope of a complete remission but it is unbelievably expensive. We have
tried reaching out to many Jewish and secular organizations, so far
with little result. My daughter Naomi has created this campaign with The
Chesed Fund to raise funds for him to begin treatment. This is literally
a matter of pikuach nefesh.

Scholarly Rabbi Can't Afford Cancer Treatment | The Chesed Fund

PS Many people give anonymously because it's a public site and they don't
want their name up there, so I don't know who gives and who doesn't. If
you can't afford to give don't worry, don't feel pressured but say a
kapitel please for a refuah sheleimah for Osher Eliyahu ben Shayna.

--Toby Katz


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