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statement in opposition to one who attempted to innovate a stringency – not against a new leniency!” Particularly noteworthy are the comments of R. Samuel Eliezer Edels, Hidushei Aggadot to Hullin 44b, s.v.haRo’e,” who indicates that one who is stringent in case of doubt gets a share in the world to come, but that one who labors to find grounds for leniency not only gets a share in the world to come, but enjoys this world as well! See also Encyclopedia Talmudit, VIII, Hora’a,” p. 489, and references cited in footnotes 48-50 therein; Sedei Hemed, Aleph, kelal 214, “Asur la-asor et haMutar” and Pe’at haShulhan, Ma’arekhet haAleph, kelal 75; Resp. Maharashdam, Y.D. sec. 91; Resp. Ya’aveits, I, sec. 5, s.v.veKhi teima”; R. Joseph Engel, Beit haOtsar, Aleph, no. 136, s.v. veAyyin od beSifra,” p. 204; R. Baruch HaLevy Epstein, Mekor Barukh, III, sec. 17; R. Abraham Isaac haKohen Kook, Orah Mishpat, no. 111 (pp. 117-120) and 112 (pp. 120-129); R. Pinchas Makurits, Imrei Pinhas haShalem, secs. 109-111; R. Isaac Una cited in Resp. Seridei Esh (Mossad haRav Kook, Jerusalem 5737 edition), I, Teshuvot Gedolei haRabbanim beInyan Mifreket, no. 9, s.v.Aval me-Ahar”; R. Ephraim Meir Lasman, cited in Resp. Seridei Eish, ibid, Teshuvot Gedolei haRabbanim beInyan Himum, sec. 6, subsec. a, s.v.Kedei le-kayyeim”; R. Aaron Levin, Birkat Aharon, no. 233; Resp. Devar Yehoshua, I, sec. 19 and the addendum thereto; Resp. Az Nidberu, VI, p. 156 at end; Mishne Halakhot, IV, sec. 105; V, sec. 104; IX, sec. 262, and Mahadura Tinyana, II, Y.D., sec. 119; Late Chief Rabbi Isaac haLevi Herzog, Pesakim uKhtavim V, She’eilot uTshuvot beDinei Y.D., sec. 158, end of no. 1; R. Gedalia Felder, Nahalat Tsevi, II, pp. 22-24; Sefer Beit Aharon, VII, kelal Ein laAsor haMutar,” pp. 565-605; R. Menahem Judah Ushpezai, Ohalei Yehuda, p. 165-170; R. Elijah Bakshi Doron, Resp. Beit Avi, IV, sec.41; R. Ovadiah Yosef, Hazon Ovadya – Shabbat Part 1, Introduction, bottom of p. 8; R. Isaac Weiss, “Matai Tov leHahmir,” Kol meHeikhal (Yeshivat Heikhal Eliyahu), VIII (Elul, 5759), pp. 131-135. For a popular presentation of the subject, see R. Moshe Weinberger, “Keeping up with the Katz’s,” Jewish Action 48:3 (Rosh haShana 5749) (1988), pp. 10-19 and references cited therein; see especially p. 15ff and footnote 62 ad loc. Despite the above, R. Raphael Blum, Resp. Birkhot Shamayim, O.H., Introduction, suggests that in the modern period, one should be strict when it comes to public matters. He cites both the past Satmar and Belzer Rebbies as supporting this position.

233.For similar statements, see Tashbeits, III, sec. 281; Resp. Radbaz I, sec. 129 at end; Pit’hei Teshuva, Y.D. sec. 184, no. 5.

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