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by Joel Rich

by Joel Rich

It’s all about risk and reward.
Let’s start with E Kobre’s point(in a post about the beauty of mehudar) about time and resources spent on a mehudar 4 minim. Where is the trade off calculation for time and resources spent (by both layperson and Rabbis)on something more than kosher and the other uses of those resources (e.g tzedaka)?
I’m a strong supporter of the YU approach but if we had data we might actually have some sense of the trade off in secular college (and resources spent to kasher them) vs. otd et al.
These are hard decisions and need to include an understanding of community and individual risk aversion., we have an imperfect balance between the individual and the community in decision making, and many think they are experts based on no or anecdotal data some of it generations old.
HKB”H yiracheim on his people and bring the goel tzedek quickly


There have been a number of shiurim discussion Ashkenazim only duchening on Yom Tov at Musaf outside of Israel. The general thrust has been that all the reasons given don’t seem sufficient. Even those reasons don’t really explain why we only duchen at mussaf and not shacharit (except that we’re happier that we’re closer to the chulent).
It occurred to me that an insight from Rav Sobvertchk might help explain the extra simcha of mussaf and thus duchening. Why do we only say “yishmichu” at Shabbat mussaf? Because the other tfilot could be based both on karbanot and avot. Mussaf is only karbanot related so we are then totally lfnei hashem (in front of HKB”H) and this is true simcha.

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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