[Avodah] R Moshe Feinstein as posek hador

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Wed Aug 14 09:36:01 PDT 2019

On Wed, Aug 07, 2019 at 06:13:09PM +0000, Ben Bradley via Avodah wrote:
> I've come across a event described in a couple of medical halacha books
> which I find intriguing for reasons unrelated to medical halacha. In 1948
> there was an outbreak of meningitis in Jerusalem with a limited supply
> of penicillin, less than the amount needed to treat all the present
> cases. Rav Herzog, the chief rabbi, called Rav Moshe Feinstein in New
> York to ask how to prioritise the use of life saving penicillin...

> Why did R Herzog not ask the chazon ish or other posek in EY? ...
> And, if it was a pure question of pure seniority/shoulders in psak...

It may have been at least partly because someone whose qehillah was
in the US was somewhat less exposed to accusations of bias. Or, for
that matter, less impacted by actual unconscious bias.

Tir'u baTov!

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