Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rejecting The Extreme Orthodox Position On Bugs

Dr. Marc B. Shapiro blogs:

See Eitam Henkin’s post here. For another post by Henkin on this book, see hereEnglish readers are probably unaware of Henkin, the son of R. Yehudah Herzl Henkin. In the last few years he has really created a reputation for himself as he has authored a number of important articles which show an incredible amount of knowledge on the history of Torah Judaism in modern times. He has also published a sefer, available here, which deals with the halakhot of bugs in food. Unlike the rage today, he rejects the extreme positions, one of which is that due to bug infestation, strawberries are no longer permitted to be eaten. See e.g., here.