Audio Roundup: 2017:18

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by Joel Rich

R’Asher Weiss discusses in parshat Vayeitzeih on lo taamod al dam reiacha that one would have to give up all his assets to save a single life if he is the only one who can do it. However, “it’s pashut” that if others can also do it that he doesn’t have to give up all his assets. Why is it so pashut if others refuse? [Extend to all community obligations but those usually are an aseh so subject to 20% limit?]

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Anyone have any sources on how local government, if any, functioned in times of Tanach? Was there any besides the court system? What was the role of the nesiim of the shvatim?

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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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