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by Joel Rich

: A Talmud Toeh made it up, put it in Rashi, and it was accepted????
From R’ Aviner:Q: Rashi on Avodah Zarah 18b brings an incident with Beruriah and Rabbi Meir which is shocking and hard to understand. How could Rabbi Meir do such a thing? Was it permissible?
A: It is a complicated subject for a text message. See my long article on the issue in Iturei Cohanim (#223 Iyar 5763, which explains it according to the opinion that the incident actually occurred). Nonetheless, early editions of Rashi do not contain this incident. Perhaps a mistaken student put it in (Ha-Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv also explains that this incident never happened. Divrei Yaakov of Ha-Rav Yaakov Adas on the Teshuvot of Ha-Rav Elyashiv, p. 263).

Please tell me how you would order these,or your top 5:
Approved March 4, 2008
1. Openness to new knowledge and ways of thinking
2. Knowledge of world cultures, including sensitivity to the diverse values, traditions, and languages that have molded them, as well as the ability to interact with members of those cultures
3. Historically informed knowledge of cultures, including those of the West and the U.S.
4. Fluency in the history, traditions and languages of the Jewish world, including the cultures of modern Orthodoxy, along with the ability to make connections between the morning and afternoon programs
5. Citizenship in multiple communities; a sense of belonging and responsibility to a cultural and intellectual world both within and beyond the University—including New York City
6. An intellectually critical point of view, and skills of critical inquiry and argument
7. Communication skills: the ability to use writing, oral presentation, and a variety of media formats to convey one’s own point of view
8. The ability to identify, locate, interpret, evaluate, and use the information currently available in print and in the multiple media of the 21st century world
9. Appreciation for scientific inquiry and problem-solving, and an awareness of the most compelling questions currently under discussion among scientists
10. The ability to employ mathematical, quantitative and logical reasoning
11. Knowledge and understanding of the complex behavior of individuals, groups, and societies
12. Knowledge and understanding of important creations of the human imagination
13. The ability to go beyond what’s already been thought and said and done: to raise new questions, to explore complex problems, and to take constructive action
14. The ability to make connections and integrate knowledge both within and across disciplines
15. Developing expertise in the discourse and reasoning of particular disciplines
16. A lifetime love for learning and self-reflection and for the acquisition of tools for learning

  • Rabbi Michael Rosensweig -Lo Sachmod as the Climax and Conclusion of the Aseres Hadibros

    Why is Lo tachmod (do not covet) the last of the 10 Commandments and how does it “bookend” the first? It’s tied to the classic question as to how can HKB”H command emotions? Bottom line – The capacity to rule one’s inner life is key and our hearts are impacted by our actions (but our actions are also impacted by our hearts).

  • Rabbi Yaakov B. Neuburger, Mrs. Mindy Eisenman, Dr. Naomi Greenblatt -To Tell or Not to Tell: Issues Related to Family Health and Genetics

    Panel discussion on genetics and shidduchim. From the halachic, psychological and medical perspectives, what, when, who and how do you tell about genetic issues?

  • Rabbi Shalom Carmy -Rabbi Carmy’s Remarks at the Symposium in his Honor

    Touching musings on R’Carmy’s life and career. Bemoaning of faux intellectual trends and politics. Scholarship (me – life) must be in service of the important things in life.

  • Rabbi Steven Pruzansky-Darchei Noam

    Applications of Dracheha Darchei Noam (all her ways are pleasant) in Talmud and Sh”ut literature.

  • Rabbi Jesse Horn-The emotional need for God and Halachik stability

    Mussar schmooze before Pesach concerning the need to make an emotional connection with Torah and HKB”H. In order to have continual growth in learning you need both Har Sinai (excitement) and Mishkan (daily responsibility).

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Ki Sisa Pareve Foods and Mixtures

    Review of rules of Notain Tam (taste transference) and Nat Bar Nat (transfer of a taste already once transferred). Application to “pareve” substances put on meat plate, etc.
    The usual interesting question – even if a substance is halachically permitted, should one be stringent anyway (or should one elevate its sparks by eating it)?

  • Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank -The suffering servant and supposed Christological references in Tenach

    What to respond to those who say Tanach’s “suffering servant” is a problem. The most common traditional approach is that it is a metaphor that we suffer because we didn’t do a good enough job teaching others.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 267-2 and 268-1

    Various rules of erev Shabbat davening. Changes in Shabbat davening and what to do if you forget to change.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 268-2

    What if you said “atah” right after the first three brachot Friday night forgetting it’s Shabbat? When do you repeat and other rules of shmoneh esrai errors.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 268-3

    Confusing different Shabbat shmoneh esrais – when don’t you go back? Why do we say Vayichulu, why do we stand and is it really giving testimony? Understanding the mein sheva rules.

  • Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein -Pekuedei-Can we “spiritually bang the hammer?

    Rabbi Froman was all spirituality. We need to be sure we attach a spiritual element to all our physical efforts (labor and mitzvot).

  • Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-3-3-2013 Is this Halacha? Is this psak!

    General discussion of psak – who can be a poseik and understanding that you can’t give psak from a cookbook.
    Just as the psak of the gemara is final due to “agreement of all Israel”, R’YBS explains that it continues to this day when there is consensus (e.g. no turning on lights on Yom Tov).
    Then thoughts on unity.

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter -Parsha Shiur – Vayakheil Pekudei 5773

    *Seven aliyot should be split evenly between double parsha (lesson in equality)
    *R’YBS wouldn’t allow hosafot on these double parshiyot
    *Defining mlechet machshevet
    *Carrying as a “mlacha grua”
    *Why we say the bracha l haarayot” (isn’t it negative)
    *Acceptability of archeological evidence in halacha
    *One needs to be worthy to find a worthy charity
    *Making Seder before tzeit hakochavim
    *Conflict between minhag and din, ignore minhag

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes =Parshas Ki Sisa Netilas Yadayim for Davening

    Rules for washing hands (and feet?) for meals, prayer and awakening.

  • Rav Nissan Kaplan-Cleaning for Pesach

    Lots of detail. R’SZA holds you must check the whole house with a candle. Should you shut lights (no). Must check pockets, need to check for crumbs – really every page in a sefer? Lots of detail for complexity in Yeshiva students’ housing arrangements. R’Sternbuch has a stringency that burning must be in the house!

  • Rabbi Ari Kahn -Introduction to Vayikra; Wither Korbanot?

    If you look at the totality of the Rambam’s and R’Kook’s work, you will realize that they believed that there will be a reinstitution of sacrifices in the rebuilt beit mikdash.

  • Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Rabbi Baruch Weintraub -Tribute to Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

    A tribute to R’A. Lichtenstein – Ish Haeshkoliot (polymath?). Who is a talmid chacham and what does he do? Start with who/what is a human being! Bottom line is the role is l’avdah u’lshamra! Show humility, kindness and have impact on students. Engage in issues of society! (Note the parallel to R’AL).

  • Rabbi Yona Reiss -The Halachot of Going to Court & Going to Bet Din

    There has been an appreciable increase in the use of batei dinim in U.S. which is good given the prohibition of archaot. Detailed description of issues including when can you go to a secular court, when can you have beit din use “local secular law”, when can you set up a parallel law system for a society…..

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 268-4 and 269-1

    Friday night lights! No talking during Vayichulu and mein sheva (really, wouldn’t know it in many places). What if you said wrong shmoneh esai – can you be Yotzeh with mein sheva?
    With all the problems, it’s unclear (to me) why we make Kiddush in shul.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 270 and 271-1

    Bameh madlikin – why do we say it? Should generally make Kiddush as soon as return home – and say shema again too!

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 271-2

    Women and Friday night Kiddush – Duraita!

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 268271-3

    More important to have wine for Friday night Kiddush than food (but bread comes first since you can make Kiddush on it in a pinch).

  • Rabbi Baruch Simon -Birchas HaTorah on Kriah that’s a minhag

    There are times when some take out a Torah to read without a bracha – e.g. some chassidim read the chapters of the Nissim in Nissan.
    We make birchat hatorah when we read Torah (after having made it first thing in A.M.) – for a number of reasons. Many are against taking out the Torah to read without a bracha but these minhagim must have a basis (don’t mess with minhagei Yisrael [me – except when we do]).

  • Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff -11-3-2013 Press Confrence: If Bibi Came to Shiur….

    Bottom line – they don’t make rabbinic leadership like they used to! History of religious movements and demographics in Israel since the founding of the state. The usual assortment of “interesting” insights on current topics of interest.

  • 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. R’Sternbuch has a stringency that burning must be in the house!

      I know Rabbi Kaplan said that , but “all” Rav Sternbuch says is on your property (I think Rabbi Kaplan also meant that, Thats why he says its easier to do out of Israel)

    2. r’me,
      OK-ty for the clarification !

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