Wednesday, May 30, 2007
would the eidah chareidis accept truth from a maskil?
Interesting tshuva in Even Israel (vol 8 #9) from R’ Yisrael Fisher, who was one of the dayanim of the Eidah haChareidis. He was asked his opinion of a certain kuntres which advocated saying mashiv haruach u’morid ha’geshem (segol under the gimel) instead of morid hagashem (kamatz under the gimel) because the use of gashem had been proposed by a certain Yitzchak Satnow (see the reference in this article from seforim’s blog in footnote #37) who was known as a maskil. R’ Fisher writes that he had actually been approached by the author of the kuntres, but refused to give a haskama (!). Aside from marshalling sources other than Satnow to support the use of gashem over geshem, R’ Fisher notes that just because an idea was advanced by a maskil is no reason to reject it outright without evidence that it is wrong.