וזאת הברכה אשר ברך משה איש אלקים … מה איש אלקים? חציו למטה—איש. חציו ולמעלה—אלקים. (דברים רבה יא:ד)
For thirty-eight years my family and I were blessed by the presence of my sainted father-in-law, who was indeed an exemplar of an איש אלקים, half איש and half אלקים, one who melded both halves into a harmonious whole, pleasing both to God and man.
For almost half a century "Reb" Moshe Feinstein זצוק"ל was the moral and halakhic conscience of the Torah community. Nowhere was his leadership more keenly felt than in the area of critical care medicine, where his empathy, sensitivity, and intellectual integrity were so widely recognized.
The major vehicle for his expression of his halakhic conclusions was the teshuvah, which is often a mere abstract of a long chain of complex analysis to which each question was subjected. In response to his instructions to me, I have provided an interpretive rendering of these responsa, whose full interpretive breadth I was privileged to hear from Reb Moshe זצוק"ל himself during the long years I studied with him.
Subsequent volumes will focus on the following topics: "The Beginning of Life," "Sabbath and Holiday Laws," and "Laws of Marriage, Divorce and Conversion."
כל מי שנאמר הלכה בשמו העולם הזה. שפתותיו דובבות בקבר. שנאמר "דובב שפת ישנים" (שיר שירים ז:י). (סנהדרין צי ע"א)
Now, after his passing, we need the guidance he dispensed so modestly during his lifetime all the more, and our study of his work will not only serve to guide us in seeking the way of Torah, but will also serve to memorialize and eternalize his teachings and his person within the timeless community of Israel.
May his memory serve as a measure by which we judge our own strivings for self-improvement in observance of Torah law and custom.
Moshe Dovid Tendler
חתנא דבי נשיאה