by Rabbi Asher Bush
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Rabbi Asher Bush, spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavat Yisrael of Wesley Hills, New York, and a veteran Jewish Studies teacher at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, has written extensively on halachic topics both in Hebrew and English. Shoel B’Shlomo, his second major work on halachic subjects, contains over 80 teshuvot (halachic responsa) in Hebrew on subjects in Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah. Unlike most halachic works published in the United States, this is not merely a guidebook or collection of rulings of leading rabbis, but consists of original rulings composed in the style of classical responsa. The sefer deals with a wide range of questions on contemporary topics including health and medicine, Shabbat, Yom Tov, kashrut, and mourning. Many of these are issues that have not previously been dealt with directly, such as the use of a therapy dog on Shabbat, getting a manicure on Chol HaMoed, and when to start aveilut when participating in a funeral via Skype or telephone. Other responsa deal with halachot which seem to receive less attention in the contemporary world than they should, such as standing for the elderly, honoring one’s older brother, and reciting extra prayers on Shabbat for Israel in times of crisis. And others deal with some of the more contentious issues facing our community, such as whether pidyon shevuyim (the obligation to redeem a fellow Jew from captivity) applies to those who have broken the law.
Rabbi Bush’s methodology involves analyzing each topic from its earliest sources in the Mishna and Gemara, tracing it through the Rishonim and various Poskim through our own time. The sefer contains haskamot from both Rav Hershel Schachter and Rav Mordechai Willig.
Named in memory of Rabbi Bush’s father and the late Rav Shlomo Kahn, Shoel B’Shlomo is a testament to the commitment of the many devoted Jews who care deeply about Torah and who ask about observing and following it correctly.