by Joel Rich
In S”A 90:9 the following statement appears—“V’hu hadin bnai adam hadarim b’yshuvim v’ein lahem minyan mkol makom yitpallu shacharit v’arvit bzman shehatzibur mit pallim (smag).” Question – why isn’t mincha mentioned?
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Fascinating article on the mesorah chain—were the shoftim really part of it ?(doesn’t deal with broader question of why we don’t see Sanhedrin in Nach).
- Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 419-2
Discusses rules concerning what to do if one forgot Yaaleh V’Yavo.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-SBMP Q & A on Hilchos Pesach and the Seder
Pesach insights including:
• Lessons of Rosh Chodesh
• Doing bdikah in the hotel (yes)
• Karpas – how much? Bracha covers what and why?
• Baking matzot on erev pesach – Rashi did it but the GRA undid it! ? [Me – so why were they allowed to use non bnai brit ovens?] • What needs to be done by chatzotTaking vitamins on Pesach (often OK)
• Kitniyot rules
• 2nd day in eretz Yisrael (it’s complicated )
- Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky -Reunifying Mikra & Mishnah: The Puzzling Haftarah of Shabbat HaGadol
Meta message of the Talmud in kiddushin and Navi Malachi (read on Shabbat Hagadol) is that the family/mesorah are central to redemption.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter -“From Deep Darkness to Blinding Light” – Living With a Positive Vision In Dark Times
R’Akiva was the eternal optimist and we learn from him that we never give up.
- Rabbi Effie Kleinberg-Snapshots: The Industrial Revolution’s Clash With Jewish Tradition
How has the halacha reacted to changes in technology? Issues discussed are related to the printing press (copyright, kidusha of printed page), machine matza (chametz), and public transportation (getting on one on Shabbat).
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig -Q and A with Rav Rosensweig @ Gush
R’Rosensweig compares and contrasts R’Soloveitchik and R’Lichtenstein (a beautiful portraiture). R’Rosensweig then discusses his approach to unfettered egalitarianism and new Chassidism. Not surprisingly, it’s nuanced.
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky -4th Year Halacha Lmaaseh
Major focus on who (and how many) can serve on a beit din for conversions. Some interesting insights on when Chazal made assumptions as to what was a person’s intent (e.g., sale assuming making Aliyah).
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky -Eating On Erev Pesach
What can or can’t be eaten on erev Pesach. When does being mkadesh (accepting the holiness of) the day earlier work? For which holidays can you start what rituals earlier than the day’s beginning?
- Rabbi Dani Schreiber -Discovering Kabbalah – A Comprehensive Introduction to Mysticism
Intro to kabbalistic themes, history, personalities and basic works. It doesn’t really matter who wrote it – it is embedded throughout our history. Theopathy allows us to transcend the physical through meditation, theography allows us to study how HKB”H interacts with the world and theurgy teaches us practical magic. (I’m still trying to get my arms around nigleh [the revealed]).
- Rabbi Menachem Leibtag -R. M. Leibtag Are We truly not Obligated to eat matzah for Seven Days- Pshuto shel Mikra vs Pshuto Shel Torah 4-2-17
Symbolism of bread and matzah and their messages concerning redemption.
- Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich -And if it would have been the middle of winter? Insights from Rav Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht on the significance of Springtime
Rachamim is generated by external stimuli, chesed is something you seek based on your internal drives. Pesach always being in the spring is a lesson in HKB”H’s chesed.
- Mrs. Michal Horowitz -Bedikas Chametz: The Search Within Ourselves
Lessons from chametz (yetzer hara) and matza (yetzer hatov),-don’t go beyond the proper boundaries.
- Rabbi Baruch Simon -Beinyan Betziyas Hapas Ve’Ein Maavirin Al Hamitzvos
When cutting the challah (Lechem Mishna) the kabbalah suggests cutting the bottom one, but why isn’t this an issue of ein maavirin (we don’t pass over a mitzvah) by not cutting the top one? Applications of this concept for cutting the matzot. Is ein maavirin a torah or rabbinic concept?
- Rabbi Baruch Simon -Beinyan Ein Maavirin Al Mitzvos (Bekesher leYachatz Beleil Pesach)
Yachatz history—which matzah do we break and why? How does ein maavirin apply? How does it apply to various mitzvot and other practices in Adar I vs. Adar II?
- Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik-The morning after the seder
Seder night/sippur yetziat mitzragim experiences must carry over to the rest of the year!
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff -2004-11-28 Radbaz
Halachic reality in the case of dateline/when is it Shabbat at the poles? Impact on this question of the Radbaz’s tshuva on being lost in the desert and not knowing when Shabbat is.
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Masechet Bava Matzia 33a-b: Prioritizing Hashavat Aveida, Prika, Pidyon Shvuyim; who is a Rebby Muvhak?
Priorities in returning lost objects discussed, in particular father vs. rebbi: don’t always put your personal priorities first.
- Rabbi Ari Kahn-סדר עדיפיות בחיובים בתפילה וקריאת התורה
Priorities in who gets to say kaddish or lead services. Yahrtzeit is really not as high a priority as most people think it is. There’s a lot of flexibility given to synagogue leadership in making such decisions
- Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal -Parshat Noach: “Justice only Justice shall yea seek– Is Justice REALLY a priority in Orthodox life?
There’s too much government and rabbinic corruption. It’s hard to be self-aware about your own justness and laws alone aren’t enough—it’s got to be a lifestyle.
- Rabbi Zev Reichman -Setting Educational Priorities
Another type I/type II question (my boys can smile now), should we focus educationally on the elite or the masses? Focuses on R’Kook’s approach to aggadita and chesed vs. din. Bottom line is it depends on the time and place. (Me – what doesn’t?)
- Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal -Picking from the mitzvah menu:Which one has more value?
Perhaps one of the reasons for chukim is that we are not good at self-assessment of relative priorities. We simply follow operational rules to prioritize our lives.
- Rabbi Aaron Selevan -Priorities in Chesed ?
Differing opinions on relative priorities in bikur cholim and nichum aveilim (comfort mourners);shabbat vs. chol, pre- or post-death can be an issue as well.
- Rabbi Dovi Fischer -09-Taanis: Kadima B’Tzedaka
Quick review of some of the basic rules regarding tzedakah including: relative priorities in types of need and recipients, how much should be given to whom, delaying giving and why there is no bracha on giving tzedaka.
- Rabbi Dr. John Krug ,Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander ,Dr. Norman Blumenthal -Priorities and Perspective: Community, Family, and Life
Relationship challenges facing sandwich generations
- Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler -Prioritization of Torah Values
A tshuva drasha including some key points:
• The greatest sin is not to live up to your potential
• Sometimes you won’t be loved if you keep mitzvoth and care about those around you doing so as well
• You are affected by those around you
- Rabbi Yaakov B. Neuburger-Tuition and Scholarship – Paradigms and Priorities through the Prism of Halacha
Is the cost of our children’s education purely a communal one or is it a shared one with the parents? Parents should be entitled to some vacation!
- Rav Asher Weiss, Av Beth Din and Rosh Yeshiva of Darkei Torah, Jerusalem
Cheresh, shoteh and katan are bound on a torah level (and we must teach them) to the mitzvoth of ahavah and yirah—this is the ratzon Hashem!
- Rabbi Moshe Weinberger-The Excitement Of Today
All beginnings are exciting but can you sustain the enthusiasm?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Parties, Ballgames and Movies During Sefira
Are the mourning practices of sfira limited to only those of Chazal (since it is a fundamentally happy time) [R’OY], or do they follow those of sholoshim (R’YBS) or somewhere in between (R’MF)?
- Rav Asher Weiss- HI Laws of Tzedakah
Spending on tzedakah and/or mitzvoth—reconciling the Talmudic sources can be a challenge!
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