Latest update: April 25th, 2013
According to the opinion quoted by Tosafos that says that there must be an explicit heter put forth for a prohibition or cheirem – even one with a specific time period – to expire, the cheirem of Rabbeinu Gershon would still be in effect since no one explicitly permitted it. This is so even though the cheirem was initially made for a specific time period.
I found afterwards that I was mechaven to the Yam Shel Shlomo in Yevamos that says that even if the cheirem of Rabbeinu Gershon was only in effect until the end of the fifth millennia, the prohibition would still apply since no one explicitly permitted it. He cites the Gemara in Beitzah as a source that even when a prohibition was made for a specific time period, it nonetheless requires an explicit heter to remove the prohibition.
About the Author: Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.
If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.