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I have heard that, recently, some publishers who reprint old sefarim remove some haskamot (approbations) from the book when they reprint it.

(Specifically, I heard that some Israeli chareidi publishers remove the haskamot of R' Kook and other Zionist rabbis whom they disagree with.)

  • Is this true?
  • If it is, are there any halachot regarding leaving in the original haskamot when one reprints a book?
    • Perhaps they are now misrepresenting the book, or showing disgrace to the works of rabbi, or similar?
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1) Yes 2) No 2a) Not really, nobody reads those things anyways – Tatpurusha Apr 27 '14 at 22:32
@Tatpurusha It may very well be that most people don't read the content of the haskamot, but very frequently they check who gave a haskama, and so I think there that removing one that previously appears because of a specific rabbi's political affiliation or opinion are very reasonable grounds for being considered disgracing or slandering that rabbi. – Jewels Apr 28 '14 at 6:50
See these links regarding Toras Nazir of R. Hutner and Pardes Yosef, and while I have indications that this is true of other seforim (that I've seen are missing haskamos in new editions), I can't link to them, sorry – Matt Jan 15 '15 at 21:38

When they reprinted Pachad Yitzchak by R' Yitzchak Hutner, they left out the Haskama of his teacher, R' Kook! (See Chabapedia)

He was of course, one of the greatest Rabbis of the time, and recognized as such by R' Hutner.

Why is this wrong? It is an obvious 'bizayon', disgrace to the Rav and lack of Derech Eretz. While not actual 'sheker', falsehood, it is purposely giving the wrong impression!

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Thanks for telling us that it's wrong... – Matt Jan 15 '15 at 21:41
I don't doubt for a minute that this is true and premeditated, And I'm sure we can all guess why. But have you proven any of that in this answer? – user6591 Jan 15 '15 at 21:44

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