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by Joel Rich

Cemetery before Wedding (From R’ Aviner)
Q: What is the source behind the custom of going to the cemetery before a wedding and inviting one’s relatives who have passed away?
A: There is no source, but it is the custom of some people.
Me-Ever wonder how customs like this start?

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” x told a group of generally older residents on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday, referring to the need to rein in spending.
“We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said: ‘Are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now.’ “

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes -Tisha Bav 5771 The Rabbinic scandal That Shook 18th century Jewry

    Summary history of the R’Eybshutz/R’Emden Sabbathean controversy.
    Interesting insight as to how it affected the respect for Rabbis (not positively).

  • Rabbi Chaim Jachter -Eruvin introduction

    Introduction to some of the basics of eruvim including theoretical halacha and practical applications.
    Me – Rabbinic students don’t know what a plumb line is? Whatever happened to ein l’dayan ela ma she’einav ro’ot?(who are you going to trust, me or your lyin eyes?)

  • Reactions To The Destruction of the First and Second Temples – Dr.
    Anna Urowitz Freudenstein – Freudenstein-Reactions To The Destruction of the First and Second Temples

    What were the reactions to the churban bayit (destruction of the
    temple) as expressed in the medrash, apocrypha and pseudographia (ancient non-rabbinic Jewish texts)?
    Understanding passive and active waiting for the rebuilding of the beit hamikdash.

  • King Yoshiyahu – Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner – Torczyner-King Yoshiyahu

    Why a separate kina for Yoshiyahu? 1) importance of a proper eulogy for a great man; 2) importance of noting individual loss even at a time of communal loss.
    This particular kinah is both historical and a link to his predecessors where there was a similar hopeful nature.

  • Rabbi Mark Dratch -Jihad…Kosher-Style: How Ethical are Jewish Ethics?

    Discussion of ethics and halacha (or as I might say micro and macro
    halacha) and how they interact. Great questions, everyone’s answer has to get them through the night!

  • Rabbi Yitzchok Cohen -Emulating G-d: Study in Tomer Devora- True Colors

    R’Cohen (yes – same one who was in MTA back in the day), discusses imitato dei, love and in awe of HKB”H, cleaving to HKB”H and the true meaning of “me eil kamocha”.

  • Rabbi Dani Rapp -Taxation and Tarrifs

    Approaches to dina d’malchuta dina and how they inform on taxes/tariffs. Can the government tax to provide preference to local manufacturers?, can they prevent foreign competition?

  • Shay Schachter -Selichos:Why Four Days?Birchas HaTorah Before?

    Analysis of the number of days to say slichot and do you need to say birchat hatorah first.

  • Rabbi Chaim Brovender -Eretz Yisrael vs. Chutz LaAretz

    Insight from Bratzlav – when Moshe was told “Reeh b’einecha” it’s linked to “einei hashem” – see with wisdom.

  • Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff -2008-02-24 Triage

    Hostages, the IDF, hatzalat klal Yisrael (saving the Jewish people) and agunot – how the modern state deals with this issue.

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter -Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain Part 1

    (Poor recording quality). Miscellaneous insight (including from Rabbeinu Yonah) – davening mincha times, late comers to shul, buying honey from non-benbrit, the authorship of the shaarei tshuva, kashrut of sturgeon and practice in certain communities (in history) not to wear tfillin daily.

  • Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff – Reflections of a Lifetime of Religious Zionism

    R’Rakefet’s history from Salanter Yeshiva in the Bronx to the IDF
    (lecturing) and the Mossad. He also tips his hat to R’Gil on the editing et al of his new book.
    A mention of another favorite of mine – R’YBS on ger v’toshav anochi imachem – the dynamic tension between being a member of am Yisrael and of the human race.

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter – Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain Part 12

    Another potpourri – burial in Israel, sefer torah layout, bonei brachamav or just bonei as a reflection of HKB”H “lien” on us, the GRA and Devarim as reflecting future events, 613 mitzvot or categories, need (no) for a Mechitza a non-shul temporary minyan…

  • Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz – Kosher Wine: I’ll Drink to That!

    Grapes, wine and wine products supervision issues.

  • Rabbi Yosef Grossman-What can be wrong with this product that it needs an OU?

    Why “need” supervision on just about everything. Sounds like they are not too trusting of certain countries (actually I’m pleased to hear it!)

  • Rabbi Chaim Eisen -Torah Values & Western Values: Synthesis or Antithesis

    Evolution (not positive from) of western thought from focusing on responsibilities (as in religion) vs. rights.

  • Rabbi Benjamin Blech -What is Our Attitude towards Gentiles?

    A long time teacher notes how different generations of students react to particularist vs. universalistic approaches to non-bnai brit.
    Particular focus on the Meiri’s more open approach.

  • Rabbi Shalom Morris – History of Halakhah #1/4 – Bible to Talmud

    Good general history of the written and oral law up through the mishna and gemara. Interesting thoughts on the switch from the “home country based” to travelling based law system and the concomitant need to write it down causing move from mimetic approach. Interesting note -R’Akiva was the first to organize tanaitic material by topic.

  • About Joel Rich

    Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.


    1. Shalom Rosenfeld

      Re: inviting deceased relatives:

      You’ve probably seen the bio at the beginning of Igros Moshe Vol. 8; RMF didn’t *do* grave visits (“not minhag Volozhin”); but before leaving Russia for good, he went back to say goodbye to his father.

      I’d seen a sefer of Chasidish-minhag bent that said a Kel Malei Rachamim could be said under the chupa if either side recently lost someone, and it would feel meaningful. Have you ever seen this done? (Eh probably not anymore, it would make people cry and ruin their $5000 makeup.)

    2. nope, but it wouldn’t surprise me. It’s also clear that the “olam” paskins that meitim yodim under the chuppah but I’m not sure why something that the gemara debates is so clear to everyone today.

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