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Lot #    20212
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:39:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Keri'ah le-issur ha-hezkat ve-tsipiah ba-televisia
Title (Hebrew)    קריאה לאיסור החזקת הציפיה בטלויזיה
Author    [Polemic]
City    Jerusalem
Publication Date    1975
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Poster, 328:205 mm., light age staining, some creasing.
Paragraph 1    R. Elazar Menachem Man Shach and R. Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky issued a proclamation in which they quote Maimonides forbidding reading books which have Avoda Zara in them (idolatry). From this they learn about all sorts of sin, that if one begins by learning about it, then the end will be to continue after it, and to rebel against HaShem.(G-d forbid). From this point they continue to discuss television on which it is possible to see all the abominations that are in the world.

They continue by saying the danger is even greater for children...therefore they say that children should be watched with 7 eyes that they do not have any contact and even a look at this profane appliance (television).

   R. Elazar Menachem Man Shach (אלעזר מנחם מן שך) (January 22, 1898 - November 2, 2001), was a leading Eastern European-born and educated Haredi rabbi who settled and lived in modern Israel. He was the rosh yeshiva ("dean") of the Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak, and founded the Degel HaTorah political party representing Lithuanian Ashkenazi Jews in the Israeli Knesset, many of whom considered him to be the Gadol HaDor ("great one of the generation") and used the honorific Maran ("[our] master") when referring to him. He was recognized as a Talmudic scholar par excellence by scholars such as R. Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik (the Brisker Rav) and R. Isser Zalman Meltzer in their approbations to his works; he authored the Avi Ezri a commentary on the Mishneh Torah.
Paragraph 2    R. Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, known as The Steipler or The Steipler Gaon (1899–1985), was a world-renowned posek ("decisor" of Jewish law) and Talmudic scholar. He was born in the Ukrainian town of Horensteipl, from which his appellation, "the Steipler", was later derived. He was the son of R. Chaim Peretz, who was a Chernobyl Chassid and the local shochet. Around the age of 11, R. Kanievsky entered the Novardok yeshiva, studying under its famed dean, R. Yosef Yoizel Horowitz. Having progressed rapidly and gained a reputation as a Talmid Chacham, around the age of 19 he was sent by R. Horowitz to set up a branch of the yeshiva in Rogochov. However, the Bolshevik Revolution was in full swing and R. Kanievsky was conscripted into the Red Army. In spite of the harsh conditions, he continued to strictly observe all the mitzvot. Once, during his army stint, R. Kanievsky was court martialled for "failing to do his duty" when there was a possibility of breaking the Sabbath. He was forced to walk between two rows of soldiers who were ordered to beat him as he passed. In later years, R. Kanievsky remarked that the satisfaction he had enjoyed for making a stand for his religious convictions was an achievement never again equalled for the rest of his life. After serving under arms for some time, R. Kanievsky managed to get discharged. He decided to move to Białystok in Poland in order to continue learning Torah unhindered from Communist interference. There, he studied under R. Avrohom Jofen. In 1925, R. Kanievsky published his first sefer , Sha'arei Tevunah. This was received with great acclaim, and the work eventually reached R. Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz (known as the Chazon Ish) in Vilna. Without even meeting him, R. Karelitz decided that the author of such a work was worthy of marrying his sister Miriam. R. Kanievsky was then appointed rosh yeshiva of the Novarodok yeshiva in Pinsk. In 1934, he relocated to Bnei Brak in the British Mandate of Palestine, where his brother-in-law R. Karelitz had already been living for a year and a half. For many years he was head of two yeshivas there. Though known as a world-class scholar, R. Kanievsky shunned publicity and lived in humble circumstances, teaching, writing and devoting himself to Torah and good deeds. Over 150,000 mourners attended R. Kanievsky's funeral in 1985.


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Language:    Hebrew
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