Monday, December 7, 2009

Rabbi Daniel Frish and his book "Kedusha and Zniut"


Rabbi Daniel Frish used to be a Toldot Aharon Chassid before he split off together with the Toldot Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe Shmuel Yaakov Kahn. Rabbi Frish was, what we would call, more than extreme and many Toldot Aharon Chassidim were wondering why he went to the more "open" group of Avraham Yitzchak. Rabbi Frish responded that before the previous Rebbe Avraham Yitzchak Kahn (the father of the two present TA and TAY Rebbes) passed away, he had promised him to take care of his older son Rebbe Shmuel Yaakov.

Many people are asking for the Toldot Aharon Takanot and some of them, actually the very first ones by Rebbe Aharon Roth, were published in one of the books of the Toldot Aharon. However, the entire Takanot book remains closed to the wider public.
Furthermore people wonder how the strict Toldot Aharon Takanot for a marriage, modesty and intimate relations look like. A "secret" book young couples receive shortly before they get married.

This modesty book should also not be such a secret. I assume that it is the modesty book written by Rabbi Daniel Frish "Kedusha veZniut - Holiness and Modesty". Among others, Rabbi Frish wrote in his book about the male Mitzvah of "being fruitful and multiply",  about the fight against the Yetzer, the time of intimate relations between husband and wife, how a person should behave in bed, about women's modesty and clothing and about Shidduchim (blind dates).

The Rabbi's views sound very extreme to the outside world but consider that those rules were basically written for the Toldot Aharon and they, on the other hand, consider themselves as someone special and thus on a higher level.


  1. I like your blog..just one thing - why do you refer to "the yetzer". I know you mean the yetzer hara but since there are both the yetzer hara and the yetzer hatov, the term "yetzer" is a neutral one.

    ps - i have noticed that you declined n a previous occasion to publish my comment linking to an article about the misogynist nature of much of orthodox judaism.

  2. B"H

    Basically you are right and I have to admit that I have never thought about that the term YETZER may sound neutral.:-) However, if you look into chassidic books / commentaries, you will find the term YETZER plenty of times. Always referring to the YETZER HARAH.

    I don't remember which comment but sometimes I do reject it becaue people just send links. Mostly for advertising purposes !