Audio Roundup 2019:2

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by Joel Rich

I recently was in a Shul in Aretz where they said the haftara from a Chumash yet the baal korei read it for the oleh. Apparently this is standard practice in this Shul – has anyone seen this in the US?


A Father’s Story – Stephen M. Flatow. Steve has written a poignant book interweaving his family history with their fight to achieve justice for his daughter Alisa’s murder and against Iranian terror.

Steve’s life is a fulfilment of Rav Soloveitchik’s famous dictum—we don’t ask why HKB”H allowed something to happen to us but rather what does he expect us to do in relation to that event.


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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.

One comment

  1. Yes, I have seen a baal qeri’ah read the Haftorah even though it was from a printed Tanakh. Our shul does that every week.

    I prefer it, as I feel so nervous about how my slow meticulous reading is going to annoy mispallelim who would prefer more haste.

    The whole idea of having a baal qeri’ah is to level the playing field so that no one is too embarrassed when he is given an aliyah. In today’s world, there are many men who lack the Jewish education to know haftara trop, so that original rationale should extend to cover haftarah from a printed and fully pointed book too.

    For that matter, my father reads the berakhos out of a siddur (or the sheet on the shulchan, if there is one). For this same reason — why should people who don’t know the berakhos by heart feel uncomfortable by being the only ones who need to look at the text?

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