Monday, November 17, 2008

Prague CER conference & R' Tropper

Rabbi Tropper was asked to speak at the recent CER conference in Prague - but I heard that his presentation ran into serious difficulties. Any clarification of what actually happened and what is happening - apparently a major change in Rabbi Tropper & EJF's status - would be appreciated.


  1. Not on topic but I think you should put it anyway
    וַיָּבֹא הָאִישׁ הַבַּיְתָה וַיְפַתַּח הַגְּמַלִּים וַיִּתֵּן תֶּבֶן וּמִסְפּוֹא לַגְּמַלִּים וּמַיִם לִרְחֹץ רַגְלָיו וְרַגְלֵי הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר אִתּוֹ.
    Rashi on this Posuk says that He loosened their muzzles, for he had sealed their mouths, so they (the camels) should not graze in other people's fields. The Ramban among many others asks a question on this Pshat. The Gemara says that the donkey of Reb Pinchas Ben Yair would not eat from non Tithed (not taken Masser from) crops, so why is it that for Avraham Camels we are concerned? To answer Let me begin with a story that happened in an office to illustrate a point. There was a person who worked in a frum office and brought his own milk and every day. The milk would mysteriously go missing at the end of every day. He tried many different preventative measures including writing "Lo Signov" on the milk all of this accomplished nothing, as everyday his milk was still missing. Then one day he had a bright Idea. He poured the milk in a container that was Chalav Stam and low and behold the milk was there at the end of the day untouched. Now we have the answer to the original question a Donkey will not eat un-tithed food yet when it comes to Dishonesty it might not be so stringent.

  2. I think the reason for the change in status is because when rabbi tropper and tom kaplan set up a shop around 2005 rabbi tropper was unknown. Now there is so much information about him and about his tactics so many people rather not be associated with controversy. Also marginalizing modern ortdoxy by nullifying a conversion of a woman who wears pants and declaring that rabbis who hold of old universe can not serve in beis din. Did not help the acceptance of ejf no matter how much money they got.


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