Audio Roundup – R’ Reisman Special

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by Joel Rich

Hat tip to Counselor K for providing the CD’s with his usual grace and aplomb.

These shiurim are available for $ at

Two thoughts:

  1. Three keys to knowledge engineering:One – interview the expert on specific cases rather than just general thoughts (“they are likely to miss something otherwise)

    Two – when you see similar items being treated differently make sure you understand why

    Three – when you run the system look for where breaks down that will tell you where more investigation for rules is needed

  2. Between stimulus and response there is a space. In the space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor Frankl

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SH-5 Your Wife
The ability to give good advice (eitzah) is a function of being selfless.  This is the key to a good marriage.

SH-6 The Honest Truth
How do we deal with nisyonot (challenges/tests) of our own doing?  The correct answer is to get turned in the right direction and understand that chiyut (life force) is a metaher (purifier) for ovdei hashem (servants of HKB”H).  Interesting insight from R’Moshe on the recent human body exhibit.

SH-7 Alexandria ?’s
How do we understand verses that state “ad hayom hazeh” (until this day)?
There are two types of emet (truth) – heavenly and earthly.  Earthly truth takes into account other people’s feelings and realities.

SH-8 Chose Happiness
Eliyahu sometimes appears as an angel, sometimes as human.  This explains some problematic Talmudic stories.
The reward for a mitzvah is intrinsic – it changes you for the better (me – think Rambam) multiple charitable   gifts vs. single).
If you look at things positively, you create a positive reality.  If you do mitzvoth you create your own olam haba (it’s an intrinsic result, not  an extrinsic reward (like candy).

SH-9 The Gaon of Vilna
The Gaon was in favor of keeping old practices.  He had some immediate impact but most of his impart was deferred.
One of his “innovations” was that kabbalah can’t conflict with the Talmud Bavli, you just must learn both deeper—examples provided.  Some examples from Maaseh Rav of GRA’s influence and approach (but be careful – ask R’H Schachter about white wine for Shabbat day Kiddush).
Discussion of his impact on Eretz Yisrael practice – but please note that the Churvah shul has been rebuilt.

SH-10 Trop
Trop is very important – it can teach philosophical issues and also makes a difference in meanings of the verses Megilla and other examples provided.

SH-11 Tzu Gevoint
We get used to everything (it’s the new normal) but these are really opportunities for growth as are times when people around your are doing the wrong thing.

SH-12 Two Esthers
1.      Don’t make a shita out of your yetzer hara (me – this is why sfardic community could historically be more accepting of sinners than the ashkenazic one – conservative and reform were a “shita”).
2.      Esther changes when she takes responsibility on herself, we can all do the same
3.      Good mazal comes from a positive disposition (so say social scientists too!)

SH-13 Chassidic Thought
We need to be proud of our Jewishness.  Chassidic examples of this attribute are provided.  The dialog concerning EL AL (and United) airplane davening do not represent my approach (or experience).  Bottom line – consult your halachic authority concerning the totality of the airplane davening experience.

SH-14 Shidduch Means Calm
There were 15 Shoftim, 14 of whom were tzadikim and one of whom was a rasha.  There’s a difference of opinion (Rashi vs. Rambam) as to whether the shoftim were part of the mecorah chain.  The Ben Yehoyada explained that when Chazal says X was Y it means they have the same mahut nefesh (soul essence).
Once the shidduch is done (either positively or negatively) accept it.  (Me – general rule in life – do your hishtadlut as if it all depends on you, accept results as if it’s all what HKB”H wants).

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.


  1. Levi Y. Goldman

    What’s the story with white wine for kiddush?

  2. R’HS holds you must use red wine Friday night. People coming to meals at his home sometimes bring white wine so he saves that for shabbat lunch kiddish. One of his Talmidim thought it was r’hs’s “minhag” to have white wine specifically on shabbat day (or so I understood the story r’hs told)

  3. pls contact me offline for the shiur poster’s contact info

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