Rabbinic responses to religious accommodation in 19th- and early 20th-Century US

Hayim Lapin's picture

Anecdotally, at least, hashkamah minyanim on Saturdays have their origins in accommodations to workers who needed an early, fast service before work. The Orthodox Union's Jewish Endeavor Society reportedly organized late afternoon minhah services for similar reasons.

A friend is interested in examining the extent to which this is true, and especially rabbinic responses to these practices. Any bibliographical suggestions appreciated!

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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein wrote in a responsum (Even Ha'ezer, vol. II par. 14) that there is no problem having an early Yom Tov minyan knowing that the people will go to work afterwards. He doesn't even go into so much detail, basically saying that if you don't have a minyan these people aren't then going to stay home and not go to work. His opinion can be found in the second paragraph from the top in the left-hand column (http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=918&st=&pgnum=328).

Michael Pitkowsky