Kol Sasson Congregation

Join Kol Sasson for an Exciting Shabbaton with Rabbi Daniel Sperber

Friday Night, June 21st 

Kabbalat Shabbat at Kol Sasson Congregation (3601 Dempster), 6:30pm
Rabbi Sperber will help us welcome Shabbat and provide a brief talk on “Ma Tovu”

Shabbat Morning, June 22nd

Tefilah at Kol Sasson Congregation (3601 Dempster), 9:15am
Rabbi Sperber will offer a D’var Torah on “The Relationship Between Mitzvot of Man and His Neighbor and Man and his Maker”

Shabbat Afternoon – Learning with Rabbi Sperber, at the home of Shari and Will Lennon (9100 Keystone), 4:30pm   Rabbi Sperber will lead a shiur on the “Dynamic Nature of Halacha”

Rabbi Daniel Sperber is the Milan Roven Professor of Talmudic Research at Bar-Ilan University and rabbi of Congregation Menachem Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1992 he received the Israel Prize, Israel’s highest award and is the author of Minhagei Yisrael , a seven volume work examining the origins and history of Jewish customs. His recent work includes examinations of the halakhic and minhagic foundations of the role of women and has written extensively on the topic of inclusion of women in certain ritual services.

Special thanks to the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University for bringing
Rabbi Sperber to the Skokie community

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    Invite your friends to share the privilege of learning from Rabbi Sperber. As Rabbi Sperber has written, “The Beit Yosef, of R. Yosef Caro in Yoreh Deah 242 writes: ‘It is forbidden for a hacham to give a ruling permitting something which looks strange, for the masses will see this as permitting the forbidden.’

    “He bases himself on Hagahot Maimoniyot to Rambam Hilchot Talmud Torah chapter 5 sect.6. Now almost all innovations look strange, and can easily be understood as permitting the forbidden. And indeed this is the ruling in Shulhan Aruch Yoreh Deah 242:10. (And see Beur ha-Gra ibid. sect. 21 for Talmudic sources.) But the Shach (Siftei-Chen) ad loc. sect.17 modifies this statement as follows:

    “‘It would appear that this [refers to a case] where he permitted [something] without any explanation [for his ruling] – setam – and indeed so it appears from the proofs he brings from Hagahot Maimoniyot and B. Sanhedrin 5ab… and B. Nidah 20a…, and the beginning of B. Berachot (3 b)… But if he tells the questioner the reason for his ruling, and explains to him his arguments (ומראה לו פנים), or if he brings evidence from the book, it is permitted.

    “And the Beer Heiteiv brings this in abbreviated form.’ (See also note 8, ad loc. in Otzar Mefarshim in the Machon Yerushalayim [Friedman] ed. of the Shulhan Aruch.)

    “This indicates to us very clearly that all the changes that we are advocating must not only be firmly based in our canonic sources, but also clearly presented to the general public.”