Audio Roundup 2017:27

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by Joel Rich

This piece describes a lot of me, I’d simply add that our host’s society’s focus on rights versus ours on obligations is IMHO a source of great concern
Sometimes, as Modern Orthodox Jews, we might be inclined to find fault with Haredi Jews who – from our perspective – have given up too much of their autonomy, who live a life only of “by the word of God they encamped,” and not by “you shall make yourself two silver trumpets.” But if there is truth to this, then we, as a Modern Orthodox community, have erred too much on the other side. We live our lives too much by following the sound of our own silver trumpets. Even when we live a life of observance, of doing mitzvot and serving God and serving Klal Yisrael, we too rarely ask: “Is God telling me to encamp or is God telling me to move forward?”

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Cowen Tyler is an interesting guy (TY R’Ari Lamm). He wrote an interesting blog post (see: on why he is not a believer. I asked my standard question ( Could you share the organizing principles of your life? For example, I imagine an evolutionary psychologist might say I know I feel good taking care of my kin because evolution favored my ancestors who did so, thus I am wired to do so and will feel good doing so. A believer might say I do it because God commanded me so. Thanks ), which drew no response. I have to wonder why folks who know we really can’t explain the big bang, consciousness, or why the arrow of time only flies in one direction are so sure HKB”H is not the answer.

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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