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by Joel Rich

Question: According to those who say we stand as the chatan (and kalla?) walk to the chuppa because he is on his way to do a mitzvah, what is the status of those who do not stand, or are standing checking their email?


From R’ Aviner ((an interesting case of a response to what was likely a localized question (hilchot tisha b’av) with a broader scope answer.
Q: Is it permissible to see a film about the expulsion from Gush Katif on Tisha Be-Av?
A: It is forbidden to read books that arouse all sorts of inclinations. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 307:16. And this is all the more so for movies. Therefore, these films which usually arouse hatred towards the army, government, etc., are forbidden all year round, and all the more so on Tisha Be-Av.


  • Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Shas Topics: Ownership of Money Part 3

    Rental (schirut) – does renter halachically own the rental unit during the rental period? Originally he did not, but the Rosh said things changed and in his time the unspoken condition in any rental transaction was that the renter owns the unit. Thus there are implications for renters halachic responsibility for idols in the home and putting up mezuzot. (My question – when and how did the unspoken condition change within the Jewish community and is original halacha of the renter not “owning” ethically preferable and should we try and switch back to that premise by educating the public?).

  • Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary -Playing Musical Instruments on the Sabbath: Qumranic Prohibition or Rabbinic Safeguard?

    Compares some Shabbat practice issues found in Dead Sea Scrolls to later ones in Talmud Bavli (music, noise and other Shabbat practices). IIUC he doesn’t think they are closely related.

  • Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Shas Topics: Ownership of Money Part 4: Kinyan Z’manim (Temporary Ownership)

    Discussion of the quasi ownership case of “Tovat Hanaah” – the right to pick which cohain gets priestly gifts. Can you betroth a bride with the value of that right? Generally it is not considered $, and even if it were, it’s the value of the “option”, not the object (e.g. if the priestly gift is worth $100, the right to direct it may only be worth $10 [me – who will make the market]?)

  • Rabbi Uri Orlian -Neither Truth nor the Whole Truth: When are you Permitted to Lie

    Parameters of when you can (should?) lie for darkei shalom (ways of peace). R’Orlian sounds more hutrah than dchuya (i.e. when it is permitted to lie, you should just do it

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 299-1

    Rules concerning brachot and eating on Shabbat afternoon after sunset and/or dark.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 299-2

    We generally don’t drink from the wine cup used for benching at Shalosh seudot before havdalah. Also discussed is the make-up period for havdalah for Shabbat (3 days) vs. Yom tov (1 day).

  • Mrs. Rebecca Belizon -Lunch & Learn: Yirmiyahu Perek 1 & 2

    Messages – 1) use all your resources to the fullest extent possible; 2) understand that life is challenging but whatever happens, it’s all for the best; 3) Torah must permeate your existence, not be an add-on to your regularly scheduled programming.

  • Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Business Ethics: Reneging on a deal

    Review of the rules regarding whether cash payments have halachic standing in effecting a Kinyan/transfer of ownership (not really). The “misheparah” (bad mojo!) pronounced on one who doesn’t keep his commitments – who actually utters it(beit din)? Some interesting discussion as to whether a check or other document of payment commitment has halachic payment status.

  • Rabbi Reuven Spolter-Parshat Korach – How We Fight (about Chief Rabbis)

    Election for chief Rabbi public discourse has too much hype and very insufficient substance. We need to always be l’sheim shomayim(heavenly purposes)!

  • Rabbi Daniel Fine-Money in Halacha and Hashkafa

    Money isn’t you, it’s not part of who you are but how you use it is important. Then a discussion of Tzedaka rules (Is it hyperbole to say Yeshivot are in the Tzedakah category of meit mitzvah?) as well as returning lost objects. (Is it hyperbole to say that if you find money in a non-public area, you’d have to keep watch on it for the rest of your life so you are better off not picking it up?) Contains an interesting comment that it’s a big problem being “in the red” (overdraw your bank account) in Israel due to that causing the individual to pay forbidden interest to the banks.

  • Rabbi Avraham Gaon-All about Demons

    Demons are things in life you didn’t finish. We must learn Torah and be role models for our kids and the world.

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter -Parsha Shiur – Korach 5773

    Stops include:
    *R’YBS on Korach’s common sense rebellion (Halacha has its own axioms and rules)
    *R’YBS on Tcheilet and Lavan (representing murkiness and clarity in life)
    *The RCA member who testified on same sex marriage should have asked someone more senior
    *Haftarah and parsha relationship – they both discuss rebellions and miracles
    *An unusual Tzadik can ask for a miracle, but in general, we don’t
    *Try to avoid machloket but sometimes you can’t
    *Priestly gift and maser rules(some detail)
    *Pidyon haben counting days rules (and what if you miscount)

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Korach Honoring a Kohein Are There Exceptions

    Rules of “Kohain first” and general rules of mechila (waiving rights) and some specific applications (especially regarding aliyot).

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter -The source for shinui makom in the Torah- Kol d’tikun d’rabanan k’ein d’oraisa tikun

    Sounds like the end of a gemara shiur – covers taking off a mezuzah when you move out of an apartment, and implications of change of location on making brachot on food (when do you have to make a new bracha?)

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter -A discussion of the minhag HaGra (Volozhin and Brisk) not to visit cemeteries

    The Vilna Gaon went to his father’s grave which gave his father pleasure but had a negative impact on the Gaon and thus the Briskers’ began a practice not to go to the cemetery. Includes the R’YBS’s story on his saying a Keil Maaleh at the cemetery for a couple who did not know who he was which resulted in large on-going donations to Maimonides school.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 299-3

    Rules for havdalah for someone who has taken on a private fast for Motzal Shabbat. Status of wine used at havdalah and then drunk at melaveh malkeh meal for purpose of brachot.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 300-1

    Melaveh Malkah brachot on wine/bread rules plus some on what melacha (forbidden worklike activities) you can do prior to saying hamavdil.

  • Rabbi Yonah Gross-Who/What Could/Should be Buried in a Jewish Cemetery?

    Review of sources as to the nature of the requirement for burial as well as some specific burial rules. Specific discussion on tattoos (urban legend that you can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery) and suicides.

  • Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Mitzvos For the Future

    Exactly when does “l’atid lavo” (in the future) refer to (e.g. revival of the dead) and what will the world be like? Will there still be mitzvoth? Will they be required or just at your desire

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 301-1

    General rule is no running on Shabbat but there are some exceptions. What exercise-like activities can you do for pleasure (oneg) vs. health? (can you jog if you really enjoy it?).
    Some rules about walking through water ( I guess this was more common in the time of R’ Karo?
    Interesting Magen Avraham – protecting your resources is “somewhat” a mitzvah for priority purposes of certain Shabbat activities.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Shabbos Siman 301-2

    Rules of “wearing” objects (including jewelry) vs. carrying them and concerns of taking them off to show or having loosely attach items which may lead to Shabbat violations.

  • Rabbi Moshe Taragin -Sunday Night Mussar: The Great Satire

    Importance of cheshbon hanefesh (ongoing self-analysis) and taking control of your life. The world runs on moral energy and decisions, the rest is just hishtadlut (our required effort). Be humble, especially when the “real” world (e.g. business associates) treats you like you are special.

  • Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank -What does boreh nefashos mean? Can mezonos and ha-eitz join towards a kizayis to make a boreh nifashos?

    Meaning of the bracha of borei nfashot (especially v’chesronam) – 1) HKB”H gives us both essentials and luxuries; 2) HKB”H gives us the Torah we need; 3) we relate to HKB”H because we do have unfulfilled needs.
    It’s not a bracha kollelet (all encompassing) like shehakol.
    Interesting theory of it being like a tfila ketzara (i.e. use in emergency, then later say the real thing if you can and there’s time).

  • Rabbi Ari Kahn-גאל ישראל בלחש – מנהג?

    Very strong words against the practice of the Shatz lowering his voice at the bracha of gaal yisrael. Review of sources including whether saying amein is ever really a hefsek (prohibited interruption).

  • 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.

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