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by Joel Rich

Statement: This is #200! – Time flies when I’m having a good time (Ein simcha ela b’torah) Or as one of my rabbeim once said to me “You’re nothing but a good time Charlie” – I never was sure what he meant, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t a compliment.


Question: See here http://www.rationalistjudaism.com/2012/05/do-scientists-pray.html. Is there any parallel between the debate as to whether life is deterministic or random and the interpretations of Eilu V’Eilu as either there really is only 1 right answer, we just don’t know it vs. multiple truths?


  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Ten Minute Halacha – Sefardim Saying Kadish in Ashkenazic Shuls (and vice versa)

    What should a Sfardi do in Ashkenazi minyan when it comes to the extra words in Sfardi kaddish? Is there an issue of lo titgodidu (having separate practices in same place) by minhagim (practices) or only by denim (pure law)?
    R’O Yosef initial psak – a Sfardi; must say Vyatzmach Purkineih because it’s kabbalistically important but the other additions may be (not must be, later seems perhaps should be) skipped.
    R’M Feinstein is clear anything out loud must follow the Congregational practice.
    So if Sfardim say there is no lo titgodidu and Ashkenazim say there is, you get an unresolved dialetic between the Ashkenazi gabbai and the Sfardi minyanairre – R’Lebowitz is unsure of resolution. (I’ve said CLOR and the CLOR in the Shul is the ashkenazic mara d’atra; done.)

  • Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg-Sichas Mussar: How to Succeed as a Torah Jew in the Workplace

    Wow – used just about everything I would have with the exception of making your associates say “Blessed is the God of Shimon Ben Shetach”.
    Always make a kiddush Hashem and exhibit impeccable integrity because people notice your every action (me – just don’t make up lost time for holidays/Shabbat, do more than that).
    On the other hand must maintain distance (R’YBS – Ger V’Toshav anochi) and always have dmut dyokno (Father or Rebbe’s) visage in mind – (me, former more than latter). Make your learning (no matter how long, or what topic) very set.

  • Rabbi N Kaplan -kach hi darka shel torah

    Any ben yeshiva would take a pill to be R’Akiva Eger vs. Bill Gates. Talmud Torah Kneged Kulam is reality – more important to learn than to support Torah learning with money. It would be better for all to learn than to give money, but we can’t tell people because they wouldn’t learn and wouldn’t give as much money.

  • Rabbi Yosef Eisen-Are all Kosher Supervisions the same

    No names named, but insight into some of the technical issues as to what is an acceptable hashgacha (sounds like it’s acceptable if most others in the know accept it). Importance in hashgacha business of networking for expertise and sufficient geographical coverage (poison analogy – would you take a chance with this person?). Plugs for only buying in supermarkets that are under hashgacha, Pot Yisrael and Chalav Yisrael (if you spend money on shops, you should spend on this) [me, what about if you’re taking scholarship money – do you have the right to demand the community pay for a chumrah that others in the community don’t keep?].

  • R’ Boaz Mori -Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai on Halacha

    Discussion and examples of consistency of Rabbi Shimon’s focus on intentions in terms of halachic impact.

  • Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb -Artificial Insemination

    Discussion of hashkafic and halachic issues when dealing with Artificial Insemination with spouse or donor supplied sperm. Issues include mitzvah of pru u’rvu, donation techniques and quality control.

  • Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Segregating children in our schools

    Discussion (in Hebrew) of excluding/tracking students based on Hebrew skills, ethical attributes, family history or other “markers”. Some halachic sources as well.

  • Rav Asher Weiss -Bechukosai 5772: ‘Zohar in Halacha’

    Kabbalah & halacha – Mishneh Brurah says kabbalah can’t overrule halacha but can add on where halacha is silent. Chatam Sofer rejects this – for the masses it’s halacha only, for a few, kabbalah plays a role.
    Then a bunch of examples which flesh out the interrelationship.

  • Rebbetzin Smadar Rosensweig-Loss, Love, and Loyalty: Why Do We Read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot

    Compare and contrast Ruth with Avraham as conversion experiences/processes – based on text and medrash. Baai Yisrael needed to regain Avraham’s inclusiveness and hishtadlut (efforts vs. just relying on HKB”H). Chesed, tzedek and mishpat are key drivers.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Ten Minute Halacha – The Shul Kiddush Part 1: Disposable Cups

    Disposable cups at Kiddush – OK or not to be yotzeih the mitzvah of kiddush? There’s no requirement that the kiddush cup be nice but is a disposable cup really a kli (utensil?)? Various opinions stated, although it may also depend on how disposable the cup is and how common it is to reuse such a cup.

  • Rabbi Azarya Berzon -Ish Halacha: The Personality of Ish Halacha, A Review of the stories of the Gaon, Reb Chaim, Reb Moshe & Reb Eliya, in attempt to appreciate the values of this personality

    A highlite reel of stories of the GRA, R’Chaim et al as role models of Ish Hahalacha (Halachic Man). Unbending emet (truth) and tzedek (chesed) – much like requirements of Kings.

  • Rabbi Baruch Simon -Inyanei Birkas Hatorah

    Birchat Hatorah – Rabbinic or Torah commandment? If you are unsure if you did a Torah commandment and there is an associated blessing, do you have to make a (rabbinic) blessing when “redoing” the commandment?
    Perhaps it’s only a Torah commandment when it’s public in nature (which would explain why you would make it again when you get an aliyah).
    Some insight on what qualifies as Talmud Torah (e.g. saying Tehilim). Sleeping how much and when requires a new bracha?

  • Rabbi Barry Gelman -Is There Such A Thing A Praying Too Slowly?

    Sources include Chana and Rabbi Akiva. A long amida can be viewed as yuhara (ego/pride) or as an issue of distressing others. Is it an issue for any individual or only those who others would wait for – or for the prayer leader?

  • Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein -Early Minyan for Maariv on Motzaei Shabbat

    Hebrew shiur – is there an issue with starting Shavuot early? Taz is the first to think there is. May turn on the old “does making Shabbat early really turn Friday PM into Shabbat?” Special issues when it happens on Saturday PM. One issue is not pure halacha but perception.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Ten Minute Halacha – The Shul Kiddush Part 2: Kiddush on Schnopps

    R’Lebowitz outlines why it really shouldn’t work to make Shabbat day Kiddush on whiskey (especially one ounce shot class) and then Mishneh Brurah reasons for allowing (hmmm – so M”B was subject to mimeticism).

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -By Way of Introduction – Ahavas Chessed

    Chofetz Chaim only wrote when he saw need. Being commanded in chesed (bring kindness) which would be “natural” only increases the reward. Lots on scope and importance of “imitato dei” treat others with tzedakah/chesed but expect only mishpat from them (me – we call that managing your expectations).

  • 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.

    10 comments

    1. Mazel Tov on #200. And Pot Yisrael (Rabbi Eisen’s shiur) ties in very nicely with R’ Gil’s post tonight.

    2. > [me, what about if you’re taking scholarship money – do you have the right to demand the community pay for a chumrah that others in the community don’t keep?] <
      No! especially if some of that money actually is coming from those others' full tuition or contributions.

    3. > ▪ Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Ten Minute Halacha – The Shul Kiddush Part 1: Disposable CupsDisposable cups at Kiddush – OK or not to be yotzeih the mitzvah of kiddush? There’s no requirement that the kiddush cup be nice but is a disposable cup really a kli (utensil?)? Various opinions stated, although it may also depend on how disposable the cup is and how common it is to reuse such a cup. <
      BYOC :).

    4. > Mishneh Brurah says kabbalah can’t overrule halacha but can add on where halacha is silent. Chatam Sofer rejects this – for the masses it’s halacha only, for a few, kabbalah plays a role….(hmmm – so M”B was subject to mimeticism) <
      Especially if, contra Chasam Sofer, his community said "l'sheim yichud" (I'm thinking of a recent discussion elsewhere — see http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/vol30/v30n046.shtml#02 ) and therefore he defended "utilize qabbalah when no clear halacha."

    5. R’MP,
      tuition issue is interesting to me because iiuc the practice is not to question this (although it is difficult in general for scholarships – e.g. the whole if your grandparents take you away for pesach, no scholarship issue)
      KT

    6. Shalom Rosenfeld

      “Talmud Torah Kneged Kulam is reality – more important to learn than to support Torah learning with money.”

      Of course, the radical concept that some people can do both — and/or that different strokes are cut out for different folks — is way too — multicolored.

      There was an event in Queens for RYBS’ tenth yahrtzeit at which he was quoted as pointing to the Gemara about Glilah getting more reward than Olim. Which means the Torah supporter is more than the Torah reader.

    7. “Plugs for only buying in supermarkets that are under hashgacha, Pot Yisrael and Chalav Yisrael (if you spend money on shops, you should spend on this)”

      Not sure I understand. Is it supposedly better for kashrus reasons or is it nice to support these businesses?

    8. supermarkets – kashrut was main issue. Pat Yisrael/chalav is more a kashrut hiddur (i.e. if you can afford to go to the movies you can afford this hiddur)
      KT

    9. Mazal tov on #200. And seems shasdaf beat me to the line about Pot Yisrael 😀

    10. I’ll have to consult with my classmates, there were a number of brands available but I do not recall one called pot yisrael. Perhaps there were and I was in my ususal state of bemusement or perhaps makom hinichu for our successors le-hitgaber bam?
      KT

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