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Lot #    15256
Auction End Date    7/18/2006 12:46:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kuntres al devar ha-shemen
Title (Hebrew)    קונטרס ע'ד הכשר השמן
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook
City    Jaffa
Publisher    HaAchim Breslau
Publication Date    1909
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 24 pp., 176:111 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining, not bound.
   A Halakhic debate between R. Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook and the Beit Din Zedek from the Ashkenzic Hasidim community in Jerusalem regarding the kashruth for Passover of sesame seed oil prepared from dry sesame seeds. R. Kook, as rabbi of Yaffo, gave a hekhsher (kosher certification) for Passover use of sesame seed oil. Some of Jerusalem's rabbis objected. His reply was that sesame seed is not on the list of prohibited item for Passover use. Even it it had been on the list, the oil, extracted from dry seed, would be permitted as yotz'ei kitnios (derivitive). Additionally,the issur (prohibition) kitnios is to treat them as if they are one of the five grains that leavend products can be made of. Raw dry wheat or barley seeds are not chametz, only if wet do they become chametz and prohibited on Passover. Similarly one can open a pea pod and eat dry peas. When wet they become "k'ilu" kitnios. The issur of kitnios cannot be greater than the issur of real chametz.

The Badatz basically admitted to Rav Kook that he was correct halachically but allowing Sesame oil on Pesach would be an opening for Reform Jews.

Paragraph 2    ע"ד הכשר הנעשה משומשמין יבשים שלא נלתתו, בשימור לשם פסח, בבית הבד של האחים ברסלב ביפו [שניתן על-ידי בית-הדין של יפו בראשות הרב ר' אברהם יצחק הכהן קוק ביום ב אדר תרס"ט] ...

בלא שער. ויכוח הלכתי בין הרב קוק לבין "בית-דין-צדק מעדת אשכנזים חסידים בירושלם", שיצא לערער על ההכשר.

   CD-EPI 0115863; http://myobiterdicta.blogspot.com/2005/05/blaming-rabbisa-response-to-bat-sheva.html; http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/vol17/v17n008.shtml
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica