Authors Posts by Yosie Levine

Yosie Levine

Yosie Levine is the rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City. He holds a doctorate in early modern Jewish history from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School.

From Polemic to Pandemic: The Past, Present, and Future of Hazarat ha-Shatz

Post-pandemic proposals to omit hazarat ha-shatz on a permanent basis have been soundly rejected by halakhic authorities. Is this due exclusively to halakhic considerations, or are additional factors at play? Yosie Levine contends that Ashkenazic rabbinic opposition to 19th-century attempts to eliminate hazarat ha-shatz may still be shaping halakhic discourse today.