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haGadol, Sanhedrin, bottom of p. 12a (pages of Rif) rules, if the posek makes an “obvious” error, i.e., a ruling contrary to the classic texts or codes (davar barur ke-dvar mishna), the questioner should have known better and is held culpable for following the judgment of such a posek.

218.Except for the words in italics which appear in the original letter in Hebrew.

219.R. Chaim Spring, personal written communication to Aryeh A. Frimer (November 1985): “I have no objection to this reading in the synagogue library. Why are you asking the question? There are some things you don’t ask, because once you ask them they become political questions with all the accompanying pressures. You have to know when to ask a she’ela.”

220.Beersheba Chief Rabbi Elijah Katz, haEshel (Bita’on haMoetsa haDatit Be’er Sheva), XIII (Nissan 5736), pp. 41, 42 and 48 reprinted in Resp. Be’er Eliyahu, O.H., sec. 282 – see also Letter to the Editor, Shirah Leibowitz Schmidt, Tradition, 33:2 (Spring 1999), p. 80-82; Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Haim David Halevi, Mekor Hayyim leBenot Yisrael, sec. 34, end of no. 6; Ma’ale Adumim Chief Rabbis Joshua Katz and Mordechai Nagari, Ma’alot, no. 185, Parshat Tetsave 5756, Halakha Sedura, sec. B, no. 5 and conversation with Dov I. Frimer, March 23, 1996—this ruling was reprinted the following year as well in Ma’alot, Parshat VaYikra 5757, Halakha Sedura; R. Raphael Evers, Resp. vaShav veRafa, O.H., sec. 31; R. Ariel Picard, Tehumin 18 (5758), pp. 361-368; R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, “Mahu Kevod haTsibbur,” HaDarom 55 (Elul 5746), pp. 33-41 (see especially top of page 37)—expanded and revised in Resp. Benei Vanim, II, no. 10; translated into English in Responsa on Contemporary Jewish Women’s Issues (Ktav: Hoboken, New Jersey, 2003), Chap. 9, pp. 61-76; R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, Tsibbur Nashim biKri’at haMegilla, Keshot, 4 (Adar II/Nisan 5755), sec. 14, pp. 8-10—reprinted in Resp. Benei Vanim, III, sec. 7; R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, Equality Lost: Essays in Torah, Halacha and Jewish Thought (Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 1999), pp. 54-65; R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, “Keriat haMegilla al Yedei Nashim – haMahloket eina be-Halakha,” HaTsofe, 14 Adar 5759 (March 2, 1999), p. 9 – reprinted in Resp. Bnai Vanim, IV, Ma’amar 5; R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, “Hupa uMegilla,” HaTsofe, 5 Adar 5764 (February 27, 2004), haMussaf, p. 4; R. Gedaliah Felder, cited by R. Henkin in HaDarom, ibid. In a conversation with Aryeh A. Frimer, April 29, 1992, R. Henkin reaffirmed the accuracy of this citation, despite its omission in the revised Benei Vanim presentation of this responsum. See also: R. Barukh Gigi, R. David Bigman and R. Judah

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