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Interesting Psak: Why Does It Matter Who is the Gadol Hador?

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
On the one hand the title of the article I refer to below sounds like click-bait, but according to the article he actually said it...
On the other hand, the article/title sounds like the [ultra] Orthodox are now Reform
(the title referred to in the link below is Rav Zilbershtein paskened the gadol hador can uproot a mitzva of the Torah)
According to Hamechadesh, Rav Yitzchak Zilbershtein, rav of Ramat Elchonon neighborhood of Bnei Braq, was asked what difference does it make, if any, arguing who the gadol hador might be? is there any practical ramifications to declaring someone a gadol hador?
Rav Zilbershtein referenced a discussion in the Gemara and the commentaries to show that if someone in a generation can be determined and accepted on all the chachomim of the generation as the gadol hador and nobody else being smarter and wiser, that rav can decide on the need to uproot a mitzva from the Torah, in the form of shev v'al taaseh - sit and don't do anything (rather than actively transgressing a commandment), due to a great need in the generation.
So, Rav Zilbershtein concluded and paskened, the practical difference in discussing who the gadol hador is to know who is the one person with the ability to be lenient on something and uproot or cancel a mitzva of the Torah, using the argument of "eis laasos" - an urgent time of need.
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