Author Archives: Joel Rich

Audio Roundup 2017:29

by Joel Rich Stump the RY—the Ritva on kiddushin 6b says ribbit (illegal interest) must be returned by the lender, but it is not gezel (robbery) or a tikkun lav (as in lav hanitak l’aseh). So what is the force that causes the return? Does the lender have to give maser ksafim from it?? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:28

by Joel Rich Personal conversation between a RIETS R”Y and an actuary after the latter suggested a possible Brisker chiluk(underlying distribution function) based on several sugyot (data points) and concluded with “actuaries are trained to look for patterns in the data but also be suspect that they are seeing their own reflection. R”Y response – that’s what we do! ~ ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:27

by Joel Rich This piece describes a lot of me, I’d simply add that our host’s society’s focus on rights versus ours on obligations is IMHO a source of great concern http://library.yctorah.org/2017/06/says-who/ Sometimes, as Modern Orthodox Jews, we might be inclined to find fault with Haredi Jews who – from our perspective – have given up too much of their ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:26

by Joel Rich R’YBS commented (not so positively) on man’s great desire to be remembered (think Ozymandias). Question – from where does this desire spring, especially according to evolutionary psychologists? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Does your shul have formal guidelines for correcting baalei kriah? Are they consistently applied at all minyanim? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:25

by Joel Rich Caption Contest – Please submit captions for this image. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Benedict option has received a lot of press over the past year (see link link). I’m interested in feedback concerning how closely your MO Community (or shul) tracks this option and your evaluation of its “success.” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rabbi ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:23

by Joel Rich This is a very interesting psychology class covering topics I’ve wondered about for years – Existentialism, Nihilism, and what people without belief find as meaning. I’d love to know what percentage of folks fit into the category of never thinking about it. link ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From a review (WSJ) of a new movie (The ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:22

by Joel Rich Food for thought: A Rav posted a shiur on the internet concerning what atonement is needed by one whose tfillin were pasul yet were worn for years without knowing this was the case. It was claimed that he thus never fulfilled the commandment to wear tfillin. In fact, many pasul tfillin were pasul from the start (e.g., ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:21

by Joel Rich Not a maaseh shehaya but I’d appreciate your thoughts: Reuvain is a Modern Orthodox senior citizen. In his community, presumed social negiah restrictions are generally not observed (e.g., hello includes a social hug), although Reuvain is meticulous in his observance of them. He is in his office in a conference with two colleagues when Miriam, the wife ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:20

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? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Shoftim article Fascinating article on the mesorah chain—were the shoftim really part of it ?(doesn’t deal with broader question of why ...

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