Audio Roundup 2018:32

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by Joel Rich

The Rambam [codified in S”A E”H 22:7] states that, if a man’s business is such that he can’t avoid even only rabbinic yichud issues, he should yifneh l’mlacha acheret (find another line of work). We also know that many times rabbinic rules are set aside in the case of great loss [but see Pitchei Tshuva Y”D 157:4] In either event, do you think we’re talking about cases where the individual originally thought these problems could be avoided or did they go into the business with full knowledge of these issues? How do we understand if it’s the latter and if allowance is made? Does HKB”H view it as equivalent to any other choice one could’ve made or is one dinged for it? [is moving into an apartment building knowing one will need to use a manned elevator on Shabbat an example?]

Why Torah U’mada resonates with me! Listening to a series of classes on the philosophy of law concerning how legal systems deal with change through legal fictions, equity and legislation (and how older systems preferred the others to the latter.)

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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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