Six Prominent Chareidi Rabbis Ban Peninei Halacha Books Which ‘Uproot Halachic Traditions’


JERUSALEM (VINnews)   — Six prominent chareidi poskim have published a letter in which they call on the public not to use the Peninei Halacha series written by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed. This is the first time that the controversy regarding Rabbi Melamed’s books has been addressed by chareidi rabbis, as previously it had only involved members of the Religious Zionist community.

The declaration was signed by the heads of the Bnei Brak Beis Din- Rabbi Sariel Rosenberg, who is also the rabbi of the Ramat David neighborhood in Bnei Brak and Rabbi Yehuda Silman, who heads the Beis Din and is also the rabbi of the Kehal Chasidim in the Ramat Elchanan neighborhood in Bnei Brak. The letter was co-signed by Rabbi Azriel Auerbach, son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and rabbi of the Chanichei Yeshivos community in Jerusalem, Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern, rabbi of west Bnei Brak and disciple of rabbi Shmuel Wozner z’l, Rabbi Avrohom Zvi Hakohen, Rabbi of the Kehal Chasidim in Shikun Hey, Bnei Brak and Rabbi Moshe Shaul Klein, Rabbi of the Ohr Hachaim neighborhood in Bnei Brak.

The rabbis wrote that they had seen the Peninei Halacha volume which deals with purity and the sanctity of the Jewish home. “We were shocked to see there many things which uproot the halachic tradition we have received from generation to generation, things which harm the sanctity of the Jewish home and are attuned to the life of lawlessness and licentiousness of reckless and empty individuals

“We also saw what those who are acquainted with him said, that the disparities in the book are not halachic errors but rather stem from the erroneous views of the author, who fosters friendships with those who hate Hashem as well as gentiles.

“We are therefore calling to maintain purity and modesty and not to bring this book and his other books into the houses of religious Jews and certainly not into shuls or Batei Midrash.”

The Har Bracha yeshiva headed by Rabbi Melamed chose not to respond to the letter of the chareidi rabbis. Melamed has faced significant criticism within the Religious Zionist camp for his rulings on matters of modesty and purity which are not in consonance with accepted halachic practices.


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