Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mock Trials on Shabbat

So your school gets into a national competition, but the finals takes place on Shabbat.
Here's a thorny issue for an Orthodox day school...

If memory serves, there was a story about a young Dr. Tova Lichtenstein having difficulties taking finals at Harvard on Shavu'ot, and the school turning down Rav Soloveitchik's request to allow her to do so (remember that the Rav was the Chief Rabbi of Boston).

The contemporary story appears here.

1 comment:

  1. A minor technical correction-Boston did not formally have a Chief Rabbi. The Rav was brought to Boston by the Chevra Shas. The Rav was certainly the most powerful and influential Rabbi in Boston-but not formally Chief Rabbi.