Audio Roundup 2017:14

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by Joel Rich

My comment on a recent cross currents post: As to the Rav himself, my personal take from years of reading and listening to everything I could get my hands on is that the idea of deconstructing him is the problem in the first place. In the volume that Dr. Bill refers to it is clear that many writers chose to see their reflection in the mirror of the Rav . to my mind it was the incredible balance and complete honesty in all facets of human existence ( which I would call Torah) that should be imitated ,each of us at our own level. There’s a lot more to say about how this informs on viewing “secular knowledge”, perhaps another time because I think the application is clear.

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I’ve been thinking more about this “staam daat” thing. (I have in mind “whatever HKB”H wants me to have in mind without actually knowing what that is [e.g., to be yotzeih the chazan’s bracha]). Is there an equivalent theory in interpersonal issues? (e.g., I want you to take possession of this object, whatever chazal says works, that’s what I want to think/occur).

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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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