Most Jewish communities had been using iron knives, which were more difficult to sharpen. If they were highly polished, they would quickly become knicked, and thus unfit for use. The nuisance of constantly resharpening and repolishing them was not considered worthwhile. Moreover, the polished steel knives had been deemed a new innovation, which some authorities wished to avoid. The Alter Rebbe, however encouraged the use of the polished steel knives (see Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch, Vol. 6, Responsum No. 7).
Monday, January 19, 2009
I've Got Me a Chalif
Updated 1/20/09: See below
. . . Don't mess y'all.
It's important to note something:
Tonight is 24 Teves, the Yahrzeit of the Alter Rebbe . . .
One of the special takanos that Chassidim took on and that the Alter Rebbe brought down into halacha was the concept of using a polished steel knife.
To quote a note from the English of HaTamim (the renowned journal of Chassidic Thought, Pilpulim in Negla and much more - published by in Otwock)
My friends . . . Ashreinu! Today the whole world uses a Chassidishe chalaf! What was once one of the four "reasons" the misnagdim put the Chassidim in cherem, today has become the universally accepted standard.
Posted by Mottel at 11:54 AM