Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2017:32

by Joel Rich There continues to be much written concerning the sustainability of the chareidi economic model. While I agree with these concerns I find it interesting that there doesn’t seem to be as much room in my own MO community concerning the sustainability of our own model. There have been efforts to talk up moving to less expensive communities ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:31

by Joel Rich Excerpted From The Dali Lama in The Wall Street Journal Religion faces three principal challenges today: communism, modern science and the combination of consumerism and materialism. ….. Modern science, up until now, has confined itself to studying phenomena that are material in nature. ……. Phenomena such as rebirth and the existence of the mind as separate from ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:30

by Joel Rich Senator Ben Sasse – The Vanishing American Adult Americans “are a drifting and aimless people—awash in material goods and yet spiritually aching for meaning.” Is he describing us as well? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Interesting dvar Torah – Moshe fled (Vayanas Moshe) when HKB”H first approached because he thought the snake might bite him as a ...

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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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