[Avodah] Gelatin

Jay F. Shachter jay at m5.chicago.il.us
Tue Apr 27 10:56:20 PDT 2021

> As another example, the Rav cited Rav Chaim Ozer's heter for gelatin
> from non-kosher animals.  Most poskim disagreed with this psak.
> When Rav Schwab met the Chazon lsh, he asked him about this.
> (It was Rav Chaim Ozer who had made the Jewish public aware of the
> Chazon lsh's greatness.  Before the Chazon lsh moved from Lithuania
> to Eretz Yisrael, Rav Chaim Ozer sent letters extolling his virtues,
> paving the way for him to become the leader of his generation.)
> When Rav Schwab mentioned to the Chazon lsh that Rav Chaim Ozer
> discusses, in his sefer Achiezer, the rationale for permitting
> gelatin, the Chazon lsh answered tersely, "S'iz fort assur [It is
> still forbidden]."  Unless there is acceptance by other gedolem, the
> greatest gadol's opinion is still only one opinion.

And yet, it is davka in Eretz Yisroel where you will find acceptance
of R' Chaim Ozer's psaq, and a rejection of the Chazon Ish's psaq,
whereas, outside of Eretz Yisroel, the Chazon Ish's psaq is generally

(Of course, this is more due to R' Ovadya Yosef, than to R' Chaim Ozer.)

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