Rabbi Bleich’s New Volume: a Potential Life-Saver

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  1. joel rich says:

    Sure. ” Parents need to read it, and to hold the feet of their local school administrations to the fire if they are making “concessions” to anti-vaxxers that endanger others.

    but in at least some communities  there  are poskim who  are quoted as supporting the opposition. Who is doing out reach to them? isn’t going directly to the parents undermining the general authority of poskim?

    kol tuv

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Because we’re believers, we can also have a tendency to believe in quackery disguised as frumkeit, and put ourselves and others at risk.

    • Shades of Gray says:

      “Because we’re believers, we can also have a tendency to believe in quackery… ”

      Jonathan Rosenblum mentioned this  in “Lessons from a Tragedy” (6/06), “Torah Jews base their lives upon their intense belief in Hashem, Whose existence cannot be demonstrated by our five senses. Sometimes that leads us to the logical fallacy of concluding that the less empirically supported or scientifically-based a particular therapy is the better. That can be a fatal fallacy.”

      He also quoted Rabbi Nachman Bulman who commented about  ” someone he observed going from one alternative remedy to another that such behavior had the taint of avodah zara about it”.

  3. Raymond says:

    My nature is such that when it comes to studying Torah books, I much prefer those that are historical, philosophical, and/or theological in nature, so that, for example, I enjoy reading what little of the more philosophical works of the Rambam that I have read so far, and within the Talmud, I find the Aggadic portions of it far more interesting than its major component, which of course is Halacha.  Nevertheless, Rabbi J David Bleich’s works on Halacha are so compelling, that if I am going to read any work on the intricacies of Jewish law, it will be his books…as well as the Rambam’s Mishna Torah, if only I had more courage to do so.

    As for the specific issue of contagious diseases breaking out within the Orthodox Jewish community thanks to the reluctance of some of its members to take immunity shots, hopefully such outbreaks of such serious diseases will bring those people back to their senses.  I am no health expert, of course, but common sense, combined with what little I have read on the subject, tells me that taking such shots on a consistent basis is a really good idea.

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