Audio Roundup 2019:11

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by Joel Rich

I’ve been listening to a series of podcasts (the knowledge project) which speak to my intellectual curiosity concerning all human knowledge (did that sound pompous enough?). In one interview, Mr. Parrish asked whether the interviewer would rather be the best player on a losing team or worst player on a winning one. It reminded me of 1.) R’YBS on being judged on both an individual and community basis and 2.) R’Kook (IIUC) on the story in galut is the story of individuals but in Israel the nation reenters the story of history and 3.) The shift in thinking pre- and post-churban.
How many of us place a focus on the community priorities before our own personal good?

I suppose this is blatantly obvious to others, but I’ve updated my mental psak model. My many followers (very tongue in cheek) may remember my delicate dance analogy between the poseik and his community (TBD). This could have also been expressed as a two circle Venn diagram (but where in the intersection do you land?) It occurs to me we need a third circle (or maybe this is better expressed as two magnetic fields pulling on a piece of metal = the poseik), which represents what other poskim would find acceptable. This would explain R’ Schachter’s reference to poskim we disregard (e.g., Rogatchover, R’Avi Weiss?) because they are something like “too creative” (me = outside consensus of other poskim?)

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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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