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In a comment elsewhere on the site, Curiouser writes:

the heter for gevinas akum (based on Tosfos) was paskened l'masseh by R. Solovetichik, among others

or, in other words, Rabbi Soloveitchik, among others, ruled as a practical matter leniently regarding g'vinas akum (otherwise kosher cheese that was produced by non-Jews), and this ruling was based on Tosafos.

  • What was the leniency? I mean, the prohibition of g'vinas akum is a well-established one, and I'm sure Rabbi Soloveitchik (and the others) didn't do away with it altogether based on a Tosafos: I assume that, rather, they said it doesn't apply in some circumstances. What circumstances?
  • What's their support (from Tosafos and/or elsewhere)?
  • Which Rabbi Soloveitchik is this?
  • Who are the "others" and what, if any, authorities have argued against this leniency or indicated one should not rely on it (at all, or to the extent Rabbi Soloveitchik and the others do)?
  • This may be too many disparate questions in one and (if so) I should split it up into separate question posts. If you think so, please vote to close it as "too broad" or comment indicating your opinion. – msh210 Mar 19 '15 at 7:12
  • It's explicit that G"A is all about the use of non kosher rennet (shulchan aruch). When the production if the cheese is under full hashgocha by a trustworthy Jewish certification agency, why wouldn't there be room for leniency? – Isaac Kotlicky Mar 19 '15 at 13:21
  • @IsaacKotlicky I don't know what you mean by "full hashgocha". If it's under full-time hashgacha then that already fulfills the requirements of g'vinas Yisrael (Rama), so what's the chidush of Rabbi Soloveitchik ud'imeh? And if it's not full-time hashgacha and the leniency is that that's sufficient, then maybe there is room for leniency, as you put it, but "why wouldn't there be" is a bit much: it's certainly a chidush. – msh210 Mar 19 '15 at 14:37
  • I believe I've heard he eventually reversed his position. – Loewian Mar 19 '15 at 14:44
  • Maybe tosfot was referring to cheese made with animal tenet and r solivetchik was referring to cheese using plant rennet but not using cholov yisroel milk. The concept being that non kosher milk won't become cheese. – mroll May 1 '15 at 18:50

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