Audio Roundup CXII

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by Joel Rich

Question: Why do we blow shofar in the middle of Kadish Shalem rather than before or after (me – maybe it’s to emphasize the interconnectedness of tfila and teruah?)
Why is it a mitzvah to speak lashon hara in the sukkah? Teishvu K’ein Taduru (Hat tip – R’H Schachter)

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes -Parshas Ki Savo Standing Up For Chassan and Kallah: link

    Mishna in Bikkurim discusses standing for those who are bringing bikkurim. Is this an archetype for all those who are doing mitzvot or a unique and limited (e.g. here a tzibbur does the mitzvah) case.
    Standing for Chatan (and Kallah?) based on this (me – is marriage a mitzvah or a hecksher mitzvah?) or Chatan domeh l’melech…. Some possible explanations, none of which truly fit the data IMHO. (But I did not say it was chukat hagoyim, nor did I say that about the wedding ring (for females), white wedding dresses or maypole dances).

  • Rabbi H Schachter – ASK OU: link

    OU Q&A – R’HS in an outstanding summary of Pat Yisrael and bishul akum issues. Particular focus on details including when commercial (Pat Palter) is acceptable (and when really not). Technical analysis of prohibitions and practical implications.
    Some interesting insights on intermarriage, the fact that the Yerushalmi never states the concept of Adam Chashuv Shani and R’Moshe’s approach to when a gzeirah may be assumed not to apply to new circumstances (e.g. perhaps production of mass quantities for consumption – any conehead fans out there?)

  • Rabbi Daniel Z Feldman-Mitzvos Tzrichos Kavanah: link

    Analysis of what, if any, intent is required to doing mitzvot. Is “stam” (not specific) intention enough? Can you have intention not to fulfill (and does it workJ)? What about conditional intention? Lchatchila or bdieved?
    Various understandings analyzed and explained.

  • Rabbi Jesse Horn-Understanding the Yetzer Hara for Avodah Zara: link

    Why was idol worship so popular? People want easy, shallow answers or they want to do things they know they shouldn’t or they practice Sheilaism (he didn’t use this term – based on “Sheila” deciding what’s in and what’s out for herself).
    Some thoughts on “easy” externalities and intermediaries even within orthodoxy!

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz – Simana Milsa: link

    List of Rosh Hashana simanim (positive omens) with reasons (sometimes multiple) for each. Implications for blessings and Yhi Ratzon’s as well.

  • R’ Azarya Berzon-Communal Obligations: link

    Or Sameach – when torah uses singular, it’s (often) referring to community (tzibbur). Implications of this, and concept of Tzibbur in general, for educational facilities, charity, chesed, torah reading and other requirements of a community.

  • Rav Aharon Lichtenstein -A Conversation with Rav Aharon Lichtenstein: link

    Q&A on education issues: 1) Rebbi/student relationship – dialectic (my word) between drawing close and keeping respectful distance; 2) His preference for single sex schools taking into account other factors; 3) High schools should focus more on commitment/philosophy – too many kids come to Israel just looking to “put in their time” (me – view Eretz Yisrael Yeshivot as a “finishing school” before they go back to their “real lives”).
    Great closing remarks on not pontificating.

  • Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein -Q and A #01 5771: link

    Describing a new approach to his future Q&A’s (more text based). Then a few Q&A: 1) how do actions in this world impact the next (e.g. Yizkor); 2) asking mechilla; 3) changing standards of justice.

  • Rabbi Yonason Sacks -Rosh Hashana-Teshuva: link

    Discussion of R’YBS approach on the two pesukim (Yom Truah, Zichron Truah) to the maaseh (act of the mitzvah) and the kiyum (accomplishment of the mitzvah). Also discussion of the tie of the shofar blasts to the brachot of mussaf, as well as the importance of simcha (joy) on Rosh Hashana. Focus on the repentance of the tzibbur (community).

  • Rabbi Reuven Spolter -What’s Your Mitzvah?: link

    Find a mitzvah that speaks to you and specialize in it. This requires work, self awareness, honesty, independence and perseverance.

  • Mrs. Nechama Price -History Repeats Itself; The Shevatim in Tanach: link

    Interesting analysis of the personalities of the progenitors of the shvatim (tribes) and how this was shown in the text for them and their descendants (focus on leadership of Reuvain, Yehuda and Yosef). Literary analysis anyone?

  • Rav Mayer Twersky – What Do You Mean “No”? Surrendering to the Will of Hashem: link

    Accepting HKB”H as King means to surrender intellectually and emotionally to keep his command.

  • Rav Mordechai Willig -What Does Hashem Want From Men? And From Women?: link

    Msilat Yesharim on what we need to do – love and fear HKB”H and go in his path – in those men and women are equal but have separate roles.

  • Rabbi Azarya Berzon- Travelers on Sukkot: link

    When can Travelers do without a sukkah? Issues discussed include psek bmitzvah, yishuv eretz Yisrael, simcha. Lesson of combining the physical and the mental.

  • Rabbi Aharon Kahn -The Rambam and the Golden Mean: What is the Rambam’s Vision of the Ideal Jew?: link

    Shvil hazahav (golden mean) was in midot (ethical characteristics?) but in avodat hashem h e was “extreme” in that t rue avodat hashem requires a preoccupation (with doing the ratzon hashem) – [me – in the words of R’YBS – must have a latent awareness of the will of HKB”H at all times] Interesting-not a lot quoted from the Moreh (not that I understand it)

  • Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg -Lessons and Inspiration From the Life and Teachings of Rav Ahron Soloveitchik ztl: link

    A biography of R’Aron Soloveitchik – his history and lessons including:
    * his physical struggles
    * his approachability (and thus influence)
    * approach to State of Israel (& politics)
    * link to the Mesorah
    * sensitivity to all human beings.
    Great clip of R’YBS’s “symphony of generations’ (all coming into his shiur room)

  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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