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Bringing a Sefer Torah to Soldiers (A Teshuva from Rav Amital)

I have started going through Rabbi Binyamin Tabory’s series on She’elot UTeshuvot from the 20th century (a KMTT series). In a special shiur recorded right after the passing of Moreinu V’Rabbeinu HaRav Yehuda Amital zt”l (here), he explores several responsa written by R. Amital to students in the army. These were published in the early journals of Alon Shevut, though they have never been collected into a Sefer. One that caught my attention (from Year 4 Volume 2), primarily because it related to by chabura on the Kriat HaTorah of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur (here), dealt with the question of whether a group of soldiers were allowed to have a Sefer Torah brought to them for a temporary period of time. As long as I am summarizing it for myself as part of chazara on Yoma, I will post it here. Also, as the Shiur Bet in Yeshiva get drafted next week (and many other people have been called up for Miluim), it is a good time to think about some Hilchot Tzava. Lastly, this question comes up often during the summer when camps or other groups go on trips and bring Sifrei Torah with them, so it seems like a relevant time to talk about this question.

The question was whether the soldiers could bring a sefer Torah with them when they would be away for a Monday or Thursday. Continue reading Bringing a Sefer Torah to Soldiers (A Teshuva from Rav Amital)

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The Nature of Sin in Philosophy and Law: Doctors/Soldiers Switching Shabbos Shifts and Yichud

I was always intrigued by the quasi-legal discussions in the Gemara that reflect highly sophisticated philosophical issues.  Even more fascinating is when those same discussions are translated into law.  Perhaps the most striking example emerges from a passage about the nature of sin that appears in several places in Shas (Kiddushin  81b and Nazir 23a).  By coincidence, I was reminded of R. Shlomo Zalman Aurbach’s approach to this Gemara from a legal perspective when giving a shiur on soldiers/doctors switching shifts on Shabbos (here) and another shiur on Yichud (here). Continue reading The Nature of Sin in Philosophy and Law: Doctors/Soldiers Switching Shabbos Shifts and Yichud