hi-tale be-ilan gadol,” pp. 606-607, and supra, Addendum, Part 3b; Niv Sefatayyim, kelal 7; R. Abraham David Horowitz, Resp. Kinyan Torah beHalakha, VII, Y.D. sec. 74; R. Ovadiah Yosef, Me’or Yisrael, II, Eruvin 51a; Resp. Yabia Omer, II, H.M. sec. 3, nos. 6 and 7; R. Aryeh Kaplan, “The Structure of Jewish Law,” The Aryeh Kaplan Reader (New York: Mesorah Publications, 1983), pp. 211-224—see especially p. 217 and footnote 105. A scholar has the right, however, to object to people erroniously attributing rulings to him; see: R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach cited by R. Nahum Stepansky, veAleihu Lo Yibol, II, Y.D., sec. 39, p. 82; a similar ruling is recorded in the name of R. Moses Sofer. R. Moses Jehiel Weiss, Beit Yehezkel, p. 75, suggests that this is permitted only to prevent others from sinning. In any case, this does not necessarily mean that it is permitted to lie about the reasons for the ruling, merely its attribution. (This distinction is, of course, rejected by the posekim cited above, who argue that the dispensation to modify the truth in order to maintain peace applies to misrepresenting halakha).
1.Portions of this paper were presented by Aryeh A. Frimer at the eighth and ninth annual Purim Frimer celebrations (21 Adar 5745 and 5746), which commemorate the release of Avinu Moreinu haRav Dr. Norman E. Frimer zt”l, together with one hundred others, from the hands of the Hanafi terrorists after 39 hours of captivity in the B’nai Brith Building, Washington, D.C., 1977. This paper is dedicated to his memory and that of our beloved mother, Imeinu Morateinu haRabbanit Esther Miriam Frimer a”h.
The authors wish to publicly thank (in alphabetical order) R. Shael I. Frimer, R. Dov Green, R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein, Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky, and R. Ari Z. Zivotofsky for reviewing the manuscript and for their many valuable and insightful comments. The authors bear sole responsibility for the final product. We would like to bring to the reader’s attention that in the hope of making the paper more readable, we have deferred some of the more lengthy discussions to an “Addendum” section.
2.R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, “Redemption, Prayer, Talmud Torah,” Tradition 17:2 (Spring 1978), p. 55.
3.For documentation of the various points raised in this paragraph, see Aryeh A. Frimer,