New Responsa Published in Halacha Journal

By staff

A new volume of the world-renowned Torah Journal of contemporary Halacha and Minhag, Kovetz Ohr Yisroel, has been published.

Kovetz Ohr Yisroel is one of the oldest bi-annual publications which has graced the Torah world for a quarter-century. Its mission is to address timely Torah topics which affect the modern-day world, through the pen of the ancient to the present.

Mechon Ohr Yisroel’s editor in chief, Harav Gedalia Oberlander, Rov of Heichal Menachem of Monsey, has brought to light many choice topics of interest. The 79 volumes to date, are witness to much of what has surfaced in the Torah world in general.

A pirsum rishon in this volume is an amazing letter by the Rebbe zy”a, in a Halachic response to Harav Nosson Gestetner, author of the seforim L’Horos Nossan, one of the recent great poskim of our time. The discussion relates to whether one should wash one’s hands if one only partially entered into a bathroom.

Another pirsum rishon are copies of the Rebbe Rashab’s handwriting on his personal copy of the responsa of his grandfather, the Tzemach Tzedek. The notes include additions by the Tzemach Tzedek which the Rebbe Rashab copied into his own set of Teshuvos Tzemach Tzedek. These notes have not been published yet and the original seforim are still in Moscow, awaiting their redemption.

The section Al HaPerek, on timely discussions, shares the Halachic ruling on the spelling of the words petzua daka in Parshas Ki Seitzei and how should one go about correcting the letter Hey to an Aleph in a Sefer Torah, as per the Alter Rebbe’s psak.

[Due to their great popularity, articles from this section have been incorporated into the set of seforim, Al Haperek, of which the 3rd volume will be available in the coming weeks].

This volume includes various other pertinent topics, as well as those relating to the upcoming Yomim Tovim.

The new volume of Kovetz Ohr Yisroel is now available in stores across the tri-state area and in Eretz Yisroel.

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