Moshe Feinstein
Great Orthodox Jewish Rabbi of the 20th century
Moshe Feinstein
Moshe Feinstein was a Lithuanian Orthodox rabbi, scholar and posek, who was world-renowned for his expertise in Halakha and was regarded by many as the de facto supreme halakhic authority for Orthodox Jewry of North America during his lifetime. In the Orthodox world he is widely referred to simply as "Reb Moshe", and his halakhic rulings are widely quoted in contemporary rabbinic literature.
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New Volume Of Igros Moshe Released - Yeshiva World News
Google News - over 5 years
After many years, a brand new volume in the famous Igros Moshe series by Hagon Harav Moshe Feinstein zt”l, has been released. This volume includes responsa on all four chalakim of Shulchan Aruch, as well as a section on Kodashim and Taharos,
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Halachically Speaking: Halachos For The Summer (Part 11) - Yeshiva World News
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Horav Moshe Feinstein zt”l took issue in regard to setting a timer to make ones air conditioner or any electric device go on during Shabbos expect for lights. Nonetheless, this is not the minhag, and therefore, one is permitted to set a timer to make
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Ask the Rabbi: Is non-Jewish music allowed for prayers? - Jerusalem Post
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Contending that this phenomenon stemmed from the use of the local dialect, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein permitted such names, even as he discouraged names with definite religious associations, such as Mary or Lucas (Igrot Moshe OC 5:10)
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STAR-K Certification Will Host Mashgicha Enrichment Program This Fall - Yeshiva World News
Google News - over 5 years
In fact, Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, unequivocally asserted as much in a responsa he wrote in his famous sefer, “Igros Moshe” (Yoreh Deah, Chelek II, Siman 44-45), affirming the credibility of mashgichos. Also, Rav Moshe contends that really it is not
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Borderline Views: Remembering Montefiore in the UK - Jerusalem Post
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... the supreme Sephardic halachic authority, ruled that it was permissible to bring the remains of this “prince” of the Jewish people to Israel, but one of the leading halachic authorities of the time, Ashkenazic Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, ruled against
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Ask the rabbi: Memorial wreaths and military funerals - Jerusalem Post
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Yet as Rabbi Moshe Feinstein has noted, in many contemporary societies, fashions are determined without distinction among religions, and therefore it remains permissible to dress in accordance with contemporary mores, provided that they conform with
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Halachically Speaking: Zecher L'Churban (Part 9) - Yeshiva World News
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Horav Moshe Feinstein zt”l and many others maintain that instrumental music is permitted by any seudas mitzvah and not only at weddings. Horav Moshe Feinstein zt”l was unsure if music is allowed by a fundraising dinner (even if wine will not be
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Music and Zecher L'churban - Yeshiva World News
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Horav Moshe Feinstein zt”l says that a ba'al nefesh should be stringent and not listen to music (even if not accompanied by wine). Singing is permitted unless it is being done over wine served alone or with great regularity. The opinion of most poskim
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Moshe Burt - Arutz Sheva
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As Rav Moshe Feinstein asks, why do they have to have a claim in the land, just because they love it? Wouldn't entering or living in the land be fulfilling enough? Rav Moshe thus concludes that if a person truly loves something, they'd want it to be
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May a Jew escape debt by declaring bankruptcy? - Jerusalem Post
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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, among others, accepted this broader definition, and ostensibly accepted the bankruptcy arrangement made in a case involving a Swiss corporation (Igrot Moshe CM 2:62). Yet one might contend that corporate bankruptcy is unique,
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Yavneh, Pioneer Group On Campus, Recalled - The Jewish Week
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... Princeton and Brooklyn College met with Rabbis Moshe Feinstein, Schneur Kotler, Yaakov Ruderman and Yaakov Weinbeger, leading luminaries of the yeshiva world, to discuss improving the relationship between that world and Jewish college students
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Would the rabbis allow teachers to go on strike? - Jewish Chronicle
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When teachers in America complained to the leading religious authority of the 20th century, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, about their pay, he was loathe to sanction a strike. He hated the idea of disturbing children's religious studies, which are one of the
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Reform rabbi criticizes IDF conversion program - Jewish Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
“According to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, if a convert doesn't intend to keep the commandments, his conversion is invalid,” he said. He castigated the Israeli rabbinate for “putting its head in the sand” by endorsing IDF conversions
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Taking A Stand Against Smoking - The Jewish Week (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
There is a well-known responsum from the revered Rav Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory, in which the renowned decisor stopped short of forbidding smoking as a matter of clear-cut halacha. But not every inadvisable act, not even every dangerous one,
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Ask the Rabbi: May doctors go on strike? - Jerusalem Post
Google News - over 5 years
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein contended that unlike earlier eras, doctors today function exclusively in one profession, and therefore can receive complete compensation (as do rabbis and teachers), especially since their fees are agreed upon by their patients
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New Program Slated For Oorah-Thon 2011 - Yeshiva World News
Google News - almost 6 years
Join Oorah for a special commemorative tribute to Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l, on his 25th yartzeit. Hear stories, reflections and personal memories from talmidim who were privileged to be close to one of the greatest gedolim of our time
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The Modern Orthodox Case for Gender Segregation on Public Buses - Forward (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Warburg, described as “a dayyan in Chassidic, modern Orthodox and Yeshiva communities in New York and New Jersey,” quotes feminists such as Susan Moller Okin in his analysis of Rav Moshe Feinstein's ruling regarding whether men are aroused by sitting
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Moshe Tendler to address brain-stem death - New Jersey Jewish Standard
Google News - almost 6 years
JS: Your late father-in-law, the renowned rabbinic authority Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, as well as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, had come out in support of brain-stem death as a criterion for death. What led to this change of heart by the RCA?
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Children's Torah and Jewish Unity Campaign Turns 30 - Chabad.org
Google News - almost 6 years
But the scribes worked so quickly, and the campaign – backed by rabbinical leaders in New York and Israel, such as Rabbi Israel Abuchatzera and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein – sparked such enthusiasm that the first Children's Torah Scroll was completed just
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Moshe Feinstein
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 90
    Died on March 23, 1986.
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  • 1959
    Age 63
    The first volume of his Igrot Moshe, a voluminous collection of his halachic decisions, was published in 1959. He made noteworthy decisions on the following topics: Note: Responsa in Igrot Moshe are cited in parentheses R' Moshe died on the March 23, 1986 (13th of Adar II, 5746 on the Hebrew calendar).
    More Details Hide Details It has been pointed out that the 5746th verse in the Torah reads, "And it came to pass after Moshe had finished writing down the words of this Torah in a book to the very end." (Deuteronomy 31:24). This is taken by some as a fitting epitaph for him. At the time, he was regarded as Orthodoxy's foremost halkhic authority and Posek. His funeral in Israel was delayed by a day due to mechanical problems to the plane carrying his coffin, which had to return to New York. His funeral in Israel was said to be the largest among Jews since the Mishnaic era, with an estimated attendance of 300,000 people (though others have been bigger. Some sources put Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef's funeral attendance at over 850,000). Among the eulogizers in America were Rabbis Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, Dovid Lifshitz, Shraga Moshe Kalmanowitz, Nisson Alpert, Moshe David Tendler, Michel Barenbaum and Mordechai Tendler and the Satmar Rebbe. The son of the deceased, Rabbi Reuven, also spoke.
  • FORTIES
  • 1936
    Age 40
    Under increasing pressure from the Soviet regime, he moved with his family to New York City in 1936, where he lived for the rest of his life.
    More Details Hide Details Settling on the Lower East Side, he became the rosh yeshiva of Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem. He later established a branch of the yeshiva in Staten Island, New York, now headed by his son Rabbi Reuven Feinstein. His son Rabbi Dovid Feinstein heads the Manhattan branch. He was president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada and chaired the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel of America from the 1960s until his death. Rabbi Feinstein also took an active leadership role in Israel’s Chinuch Atzmai. Rabbi Feinstein was revered by many as the Gadol Hador (greatest Torah sage of the generation), including by Rabbis Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, Yonasan Steif, Elyah Lopian, Aharon Kotler, Yaakov Kamenetsky, and Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, even though several of them were far older than he. Feinstein was also recognized by many as the preeminent Torah sage and Posek of his generation, and people from around the world called upon him to answer their most complicated Halachic questions.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 24
    He married Shima Kustanovich in 1920 and had 4 children (Pesach Chaim, Fay Gittel, Shifra, and David) before leaving Europe.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1895
    Born
    Born on March 3, 1895.
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