Monday, November 8, 2010

Afghanistan:Suicide is escape from abuse

New York Times

Even the poorest families in Afghanistan have matches and cooking fuel. The combination usually sustains life. But it also can be the makings of a horrifying escape: from poverty, from forced marriages, from the abuse and despondency that can be the fate of Afghan women.

The night before she burned herself, Gul Zada took her children to her sister’s for a family party. All seemed well. Later it emerged that she had not brought a present, and a relative had chided her for it, said her son Juma Gul. [...]


  1. R' Eidensohn -

    Any chance of you translating the various teshuvos in the Igros Moshe on Cholov Stam?

  2. don't have any plans - what is the urgency or even the need?

  3. It is a widely debated -- and very frequently misinterpreted -- psak. Hence I thought it might be in line with the kind of psaks you translate from Rav Moshe.

  4. how is it misinterpreted?

  5. Everyone claims Reb Moshe's Cholov Stam responsa says it is their favor. The yeshivaleit say R. Moshe allowed it as a contingency only, whilst the moderns say he allowed it as being as good as non cholov yisroel.

  6. I saw another Reb Moshe teshuva where he ruled that a yeshiva should keep Cholov Yisroel specifically because, being an institution of chinnukh, it was important chinnukh for the boys to see the yeshiva making efforts to go lechumra on a matter deoraisa.

    This would imply that were it not an educational institution, for the whole kehilla Cholov Stam would be in principle just fine.

  7. Rav Moshe writes clearly that a Ba'al Nefesh should not eat cholov stam.

    Rav Moshe's Teshuva (YD:5) also says simply that the heter to eat cholov stam is "only b'shas hadchak". It's pretty short and sweet. And this letter coincides with the letter to Rabbi Weinfeld of Monsey as well, printed in "Hilchos Kashrus" by Rabbi B. Forst of Far Rockaway, where he also writes it is for b'shas hadchak.


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