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The Responsa of Professor Louis Ginzberg (Moreshet series) [Hardcover]

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This volume contains some one hundred previously unknown and mostly unpublished responsa written by Professor Ginzberg between 1913 and 1953. They deal with a wide array of topics including changes in the liturgy, mixed pews in the synagogue, the use of grape juice during Prohibition, art in the synagogue, euthenasia, burial practices, and artificial insemination, as well as forceful responsa to anti-Semites such as Pranaitis, the "expert" witness at the Beiliss trial in Kiev in 1913. These responsa contribute much to our understanding of Ginzberg's approach to Jewish law, his biography, the history of Conservative halakhah, and the history of American Jewry in the first half of the twentieth century. But, above all. the provide us with a model of a leading Talmudic scholar who did not hide in his ivory tower but rather came down to his people and guided it through the complicated halakhic problems of modern times.



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Studio: JTS Press
Pages   508
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   JTS Press
ISBN  9654560216  
ISBN13  9789654560214  


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History of Halakhah made clear  Oct 30, 2006
The editor of this book, Rabbi David Golinkin, writes:

Prof. Louis Ginzberg (1873-1953), one of the outstanding Talmudists of the twentieth century, is well-known as the author if Seridei Yerushalmi, Geonica, Legends of the Jews, Ginzei Schechter,Students Scholars and Saints, and Peirushim V'hidushim Bayerushalmi. However, very few are aware of the fact that he was an important halakhic authority of the Conservative movement in North America and that, for a period of ten years, he was the halakhic authority of that movement. It is the purpose of this volume to introduce this neglected aspect of his writings and achievements.

This volume contains some one hundred previously unknown and mostly unpublished responsa written by Prof. Ginzberg between 1913 and 1953. They deal with a wide array of topics including changes in the liturgy, mixed pews in the synagogue, the use of grape juice during Prohibition, art in the synagogue, euthanasia, burial practices, and artificial insemination, as well as forceful responses to anti-Semites such as Pranaitis, the "expert" witness at the Beiliss trial in Kiev in 1913.

These responsa contribute much to our understanding of Ginzberg's approach to Jewish law, his biography, the history of Conservative halakhah, and the history of American Jewry in the first half of the twentieth century. But, above all, they provide us with a model of a leading Talmudic scholar who did not hide in his ivory tower but rather came down to his people and guided it through the complicated halakhic problems of modern times.

 
Great History of Conservative Judaism  Jun 9, 2004
Rabbi Golinkin did a really good job of culling sources and responsa from Louis Ginsburg. Some of them really give a great history of Conservative Judaism, note especially the teshuvot on mixed seating and the Silverman siddur.

However, Golinkin puts his own comments in the footnotes which destroys some objectivity (for example referencing his mechitza article in the mixed seating responsa of R' Ginsburg). But as this information is not available elsewhere, it's the best that can be done.

Note that even though it is not on this site it can be ordered from JTS.

 

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