Audio Roundup 2017:22

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by Joel Rich

Food for thought:
A Rav posted a shiur on the internet concerning what atonement is needed by one whose tfillin were pasul yet were worn for years without knowing this was the case. It was claimed that he thus never fulfilled the commandment to wear tfillin. In fact, many pasul tfillin were pasul from the start (e.g., missing a letter). The Rav later reported that a listener heard the shiur and had his tfillin checked and found such a psul, even though he had bought the tfillin from a reputable sofer and had them checked earlier by another reputable sofer. The Rav was pleased with this result.
Two questions: 1) Given that the listener had been following a (the?) recognized halacha by not checking them, is atonement (or not fulfilled status) appropriate? 2) As a societal issue, how should current rabbinic leadership view the tradeoff of now requiring (suggesting) frequent checks? We will have some who will have the listener’s result. OTOH, we will also have those whose tfillin will more likely become pasul due to uncurling the klaf and the increased costs of checking.
BTW – why didn’t the halacha mandate this in the first place? What has changed and what might change in the future? Would constant PET scan checking be appropriate?

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I’ve got parenthesis on my mind
1. In the Shulchan Aruch – who is the author of the statements in parenthesis in the Rama like print that don’t start with Hagah?
2. In Rashi (or Tosfot), who decided to put certain words in parenthesis and why? (e.g., differing manuscripts, logic, etc.)

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 423-1

    It’s best to say Rosh Chodesh’s half hallel with the tzibbur due to brachot and congregational repeating of verses issues. It may not be forbidden to talk between shmoneh esrai and Hallel (me – but don’t!)

  • Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner -Meta-Halachah: Black, White and Gray All Over

    Three levels of meta halachic decisions discussed:
    • Individuals applying halachic principles that may be in conflict
    • Fleshing out halachic principles (done by Rabbis, but which ones?)
    • Halachic innovation (done by a select group of Rabbis, but which ones?)
    There’s interplay (or, as I call it, a delicate dance) between the Rabbis and their communities on these issues.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich –Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 424-1 and 425-1

    Discussion of rules concerning stopping or talking in the middle of Hallel. Specific rules concerning the saying of paragraphs or verses out of order, mistakes in your recitation, what to do if one is called up for an aliyah during Hallel and our standing for Hallel (it’s due to our giving testimony).

  • Dr. Chana Tannenbaum -Haftorah Parshat Metzorah

    The 4 lepers were Gechazi and family. He got redemption through his acts in this case from the the greed he exhibited by Naaman. Why did the redemption of the Jewish people come through lepers? To show that no one is excluded from the Jewish people (me – even Tzionim).

  • TITLE 5
    Why is it that the common practice concerning the timing of a bar mitzvah boy’s first putting on tfillin does not follow the Talmud or clear halachic precedents? When should he make a bracha? What about making the bracha of shechiyanu?
  • Rabbi Azarya Berzon -The Rambam’s introduction to Masechet Avot; the dialectical nature of the Sefira period

    Why is pirkei avot found at the beginning of seder nzikin? Why do we have a tradition of learning pirkei avot during sfira? Sfira is a multifaceted time period (it was originally a happy time!)

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich –Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 422-4

    Torah readings and the rest of Rosh Chodesh prayers discussed. When is the proper time to take one’s tfillin off? (Is it due to saying keter in Kedusha (not ashkenazim!) or that Rosh Chodesh is an ot?)

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 422-2

    Rules concerning birchat hamazon on Rosh Chodesh discussed. Then on to a discussion of Shabbat Rosh Chodesh prayers, Torah, and Haftarah readings.

  • Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky -Ein Shaliach Lidvar Aviera

    Using R’Lichtenstein’s sugya analysis technique, a technical analysis of ein shliach l’dvar aveirah (no agency for sinning)

  • Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky -The first Yom Haatzmaut: How the Chief Rabbinate Established the Prayer Service of Israel’s Independence Day

    Interesting history of the State’s and Rabbinate’s approaches to Yom Hautzmaut.

  • Rabbi Chaim Brovender -Lehavdil — Making Distinctions

    Creation/havdalah (differentiation) as a paradigm for our personal development (always improving).

  • Rabbi Ezra Bick-A Model MiDor LeDor – Memories of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l
    Memories of R’Lichtenstein – his total unity of Talmud Torah and midot all deployed to serve HKB”H through a “normal” life.
  • Rabbi Meir Goldwicht -יום העצמאות ויום ירושלים

    The potential of the land of Israel is only revealed through the people of Israel. Our thanks to HKB”H is to live up to our potential.

  • Rabbi Shay Schachter-How and When to Observe a Family Yartzeit

    Mostly focused on fasting (or not) on a Yahrtzeit. (Me – so what exactly is the aliyah of the neshama and do our actions throughout the year help the niftar less than on the Yahrtzeit?)

  • Rabbi Ezra Schwartz -Introduction to Yerushalayim: What makes it so special?

    Why doesn’t Jerusalem appear by name in the Torah? It is the source of Torah, Sanhedrin, tfila, and prophecy.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 425-2 and 426-1

    Discusses Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh davening rules, then on to kiddush levana – we do it at night when you can benefit from the light.

  • Rabbi Moshe Taragin -Rav Lichtenstein’s Views on the Value of a Work Ethic (2nd Year Yahrzeit)
    R’Lichtenstein was a religious humanist. This approach impacted his life and thought across the spectrum. Focus here on Chazal and the (me-protestant?!) work ethic.
  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter -Kiddushin #95 – Lifnei Iver, Sofrim, VeShilashtam, Tanach, Lashon HaKodesh, and Zionism

    Daily shiur covering a number of topics including mzuzah, tochecha (admonition) to older children, responsibility (general, parent, grandparent) to teach Torah, what should be learned, when, and how.

  • Rabbi Yona Reiss -From the Dayan’s Desk #13: Beit Procedural Rules part 2

    Primarily a discussion of the relationship between the modern beit din as an arbitration panel (under secular law) and the secular courts. How does (can) a secular court order impact the status of the beit din? Can a secular court order a religious arbitration?

  • Rabbi Shay Schachter -Reciting Kaddish After the Death of a Parent

    Understanding the point of a mourner saying kaddish and priorities regarding saying kaddish.

  • Rabbi Yona Reiss -From the Dayan’s Desk #14: Beit Procedural Rules part 3
    Shtar berurin has application for the halachic acceptance of a beit din decision of pshara (compromise)or din(straight law). Does the defendant have right to know the claims against him as part of the hazmanah(call to court)? Should/must a transcript or description of reasons for the beit din’s decisions be made? What is the justification for an appellate system of batei dinim?
  • Rabbi Jeremy Wieder -R. J. Wieder Parsha Tazria-Metzora 4-27-17

    Traditional explanations as to why the post-birth ritual impurity period differs for boys and girls.

  • Rabbi Ari Kahn -Music during the Omer

    Evolution of sfira prohibitions—it’s not supposed to be the same as the nine days!


  • Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-The Chazon Ish on the State of Israel

    Some background on the Chazon Ish, Daat Torah, and the Jewish state. It’s complex!


  • Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-The Scope of Free Will

    Understanding that free will doesn’t mean we don’t have natural tendencies. This just means everyone can reach their own perfection.
    Is it possible that one may have a nisayon (test) that they can’t pass? Yes, but we can’t know so we still need repentance for “failure.”
    Can you cause harm to someone who doesn’t deserve it? It’s questionable.

  • Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and the Trait of Bitachon

    Bitachon means prioritizing our relationship with HKB”H, not the final results.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -From The Rabbi’s Desk – Girls Scout Cookies

    Are there any leniencies for post Pesach use of chametz that showed up during Pesach unbidden? (And how would you define unbidden?)

  • Rabbi Yehoshua Rubenstein -Dealing with Painful Sfeikos in Emunah and Striving Towards Emunah Shleimah

    To teach Emunah you must first deepen your own.

  • Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Rosh Chodesh 426-2

    When deciding when to do Kiddush Levana, how do we mediate the tensions between doing a mitzvah ASAP (ein maavirin) vs. doing it in a large group (brov am) vs. fine clothing (motzai shabbat)?

  • Rabbi Reuven Spolter -The Three Oaths – Why Some People Don’t Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut – and Why They’re Wrong
    Review of the three oaths and why we are in Israel today “despite” these oaths.

  • Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

    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.

    One comment

    1. 1- I recommend you share that “food for thought” on Avodah, where you’re more likely to get public discussion. (A general recommendation, as you often pose something bothering you, and generally get either no or a single reply.)

      2- Parashas Beha’alosekha is just the right week to be thinking about parenthases! (10:35-36)

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