Audio Roundup 2017:8

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by Joel Rich

There are several mitzvot where HKB”H seems to give us a choice (marriage/divorce, Yibum/Chalitzah, Pidyon Haben/Give to Cohen, Pidyon Bcher Chamer/arifa) and also some prohibitions with a special fix (leftovers/burn). Anyone see anything written up (or have any thoughts) on why specifically these mitzvot?

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Why do we no longer allow (in most cases) tfilat nedava (voluntary prayer)? Has human nature dramatically changed over time since the Talmud so as to make such prayer generally suspect? What are the observable indications of this change?

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

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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