Audio Roundup 2017:6

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by Joel Rich

Maybe the chulent (of current Jewish philosophy) is “all good” but I was struck by a recent talk I heard from a mashpia. The message was an inspirational one (i.e.more message than demand on our actions) concerning our relationship with HKB”H. What struck me was the relative juxtaposition of quoting R’Chaim Vital (HKB”H created us because he needed someone to give to) and R’YBS [on American orthodoxy rather having davened then davening (IIRC that original quote was about mincha)]. I had just spoken the prior week concerning R’Chaim Soloveitchick’s (IIRC) statement that one may not ascribe motivation to HKB”H as it implies he has “needs” or lacks anything. The only answer we can give to why HKB”H created us is because that’s what he willed.

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Do you think most people (or you) would appreciate the ability (or information) “to see ourselves as others see us” or are they happier with their own perceptions of self (even if warped)? Why?

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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