Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2017:13

by Joel Rich Would you differentiate between the two concepts of anoos rachmana patrei (HKB”H does not attach liability to compelled actions) and afilu chashav laasot mitzvah vneenas . . . maaleh alav hakatur keilu asah (even if one thought to do a mitzvah and was compelled not to, HKB”H treats him as if he did it?) If so, how? ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:12

by Joel Rich Part of the challenge of the modern world, I think, is breaking out of the manic oscillation between authority and personal freedom, finding not so much a middle ground, but a balance, however fraught, between the two. W. Kolbrenner (Me-Amen) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ It seems to me the halachic definition of anoos (“circumstances beyond one’s ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:11

by Joel Rich Sacrifice Nothing. Achieve everything. Really? I’m curious who developed and approved this motto. It certainly is attractive to the current consumer oriented immediate gratification culture but does it have the added advantage of being the truth? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ “Bikeish Yaakov leishev b’shalva.” Yaakov wanted to sit in tranquility. Is the message of this medrasah ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:10

by Joel Rich Recently there have been a number of events and debates that remind me that if we can’t agree on our axioms, debating the theorems can be an exercise in futility. In an age of autonomy and I’m OK/you’re OK, it seems hard to convince anyone of anything they don’t want to be convinced of (because I’m the ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:9

by Joel Rich I’ve always wondered about the underlying seeming discontinuity in treating a safeik in a kavua (doubt generated in its original location) as 50/50, whereas any other safeik gets adjudicated based on statistical majority (the whole 10 stores thing). I’m wondering if this might have anything to do with behavioral economics heuristics (Kahnemann/Tversky, et al). I have some ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:8

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? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Why do we no longer allow (in most ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:7

by Joel Rich A recent article in the New Jersey Jewish News had a call out box stating that orthodoxy and feminism were not mutually exclusive. I agree, but that doesn’t address the real issue—what do you do in specific cases where they are mutually exclusive and perhaps more importantly, what do you do in specific cases where their priorities ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:6

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 ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:5

by Joel Rich Anyone know the source of covering the sefer Torah with a tallit when it’s left outside the aron (e.g., during Yizkor drasha)? ~ ~ ~ ~ From Ethiopia To Sinai A fascinating account of Ethiopian Jewry’s (Beta Israel) history and practice along with R’Shalom’s suggested halachic and hashkafic approach to merging Beta Israel with “mainstream” Jewry. On ...

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