by Joel Rich
We generally hold that mechila (waiver) granted by an individual (e.g., parent for child honor issue) continues unless specifically revoked. We also have a concept of it being a mitzvah to listen to the command of the niftar. Question: What if, in retrospect, one believes the niftar would have changed his mind had he fully understood the implications of his waiver. Should one still honor the waiver/request? Even prior to ptirah, if the individual cannot make his own decisions, do we follow his last wish in a similar case?
Sometimes when I listen to a shiur I think of :
Polonius. My lord, I have news to tell you.
Hamlet. My lord, I have news to tell you. When Roscius was an actor in Rome
Then I remind myself of the key to public speaking-know your audience and their level.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Torah of HaRav Amital : Modern Yiras ShamayimBack in the 80’s, R’Amital opined that neither streams of the traditional mussar movement (fear of punishment, awe of grandeur) spoke to the current generation and there was a need to focus on commitment to HKB”H as a form of mussar. R’Taragin thinks awe has made a comeback. (I don’t see it. I hope he’s right!)
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-The Overture: Napoleon’s SanhedrinMore on Jewish army participation, especially R’YBS on volunteering a chaplain. Napoleon really put the question to the Jews—do you want to leave the ghetto and fully participate in the state?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Lulav 646-4Rules for Hadassim that are cut off or dry or have more berries than leaves
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha- Meat And Milk Salt ShakersIf you can halachically define steam and when we are concerned about its transference, you may find you need separate salt containers for cooking more than for serving on the table. We generally follow prior practice, which is not to worry about it.
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-Survey of Shas Sugyas: Miktzas Ha’Yom K’KuloUnder which circumstances (e.g., mourning) do we say miktzat hayom k’kulo (part of the day is like a whole day) and in which don’t we say so (e.g., fast days)? Nice insight from R’YBS on calendric vs. counting basis as a possible differentiator5
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Mishpatim Divrei Torah at the Chosson’s TischThis shiur is mislabeled—it deals with why vaccinations are “required” by halacha. It deals with Judaism’s approach to Dr.’s healing and with putting oneself and/or others in possible danger.
- Rabbi Dov Winston-The Torah, Life and Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. SoloveitchikNice biography of R’YBS followed by a quick summary of his thought.
- Rabbi Philip Moskowitz-Ezra-Nechemia 12: Taking the Rich to Task and Tackling Economic InequalityNechemia faced numerous challenges and was a good leader. Chazal felt he lacked sufficient humility.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Choosing Role Models & Creating Positive Conditions in Our HomesRole models define us—make yours talmidei chachamim, appreciate them and realize they’re not your peers (me – but how do you deal with that leading to folks saying that model is in a different league and thus not truly a model?)
- Rabbi Joey Rosenfeld-The Inner World of Addiction 1: IntroductionAddiction is caused by a need to escape. Kabbalah can provide a way to come out of addiction at a higher level than one went in. First in a series.
- Rabbi Tanchum Cohen-Sorting & Selecting: The Melacha of Boreir, from Berries to Board GamesThe philosophical message of the mlacha of borer is that organizing is a transformative activity. Shiur discusses the specifics of how to avoid violating the prohibition.
- Rabbi Gershon Albert-Balancing Priorities in TzedakaReview of some of the broad priorities in allocating charity funds.
- Rabbi Eliav Silverman-The status of adar alef
In which Adar do you commemorate a yahrtzeit when it’s a leap year? Does it depend on the rules of nedarim or whether there was a fundamental change in the calendar system when we were Bavel (numbers to names)?
- Rav Asher Weiss-Lshma B’MitzvotLishma (for heaven’s sake?) is usually required in the making of physical object of the mitzvah. Stama lshma (default is you had proper intent) is based, according to R’Weiss, on how people normally relate to the object/situation (me – sociological evaluation?) This is different than kavanah (intent) for mitzvot, which is a more basic level of awareness.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Is a 13 Year Old Considered a Consenting Adult?Is the age of maturity a halacha moshe misinai or based on Shimon/Levi and/or individual maturity? There are examples (e.g., selling inheritance) where greater than age 13 is required but it’s unclear how far we extend this concept (and when).
- Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Halachos Of Two AdarsAdar I and Adar II are really months 12a and 12b. Examples of varying opinions on how leap months and years impact “birthdays” for various applications.
- Rabbi Ari Kahn-Judaism in the 21st CenturyOur challenge today is the trend towards independence, people need to ask Rabbis questions and realize that sometimes we must bend our will to that of HKB”H.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – There’s a Lid For Every PotKashrut status of pots/foods/covers based on various permutations of temperature of each use within 24 hours/and ashkenaz vs. sfard.
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-The Conundrum of Birchas Kohanim at Shulamis High SchoolIntroduction (given to a group of young ladies) to the history and meaning of birchat cohanim.
- Rabbi Darren Levin-Who Was The Real Rav Kook?The life and times of R’Kook.
- Rabbi Dovid Katz-Rabbis, Presidents, & ImmigrationHistory lesson concerning American attitudes and policies towards immigration with a focus on the Jews. Was Roosevelt good for the Jews?
- Rabbi Ezra Schwartz-What is Shaatnez?First in a series on shatnez. In this shiur, the focus is on defining shatnez on a Torah and Rabbinic basis.
- Rabbi Elchanan Poupko-The Challenges of Medical Privacy in the Digital and Genomic AgeSummary of secular (Federal and State) and religious law concerning the individual’s and community’s “right to know” individual (and group) medical information (Hippa, Lo Tamod, etc.). Examples of competing values and priorities.
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-מחשבת ישראל Semester 2 – Is History Important?“Mah d’hava hava” (what was, was) is the gemara’s way of saying that history is not of interest if there’s no practical [or philosophical] application (e.g., what color tie did Abaye wear?)
- Rabbi Dovi Fischer-The 50 Greatest Collector Items In A Sefer TorahDots, different fonts, unusual trop all have meaning in a sefer torah—here are a bunch of them.
- Guest Hosted by Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman, Rabbi Doniel Neustadt,Rabbi Eli Gerstein-2/9/19 Contemporary Bishul Akum and Yoreh Deah questionsThis program tries to summarize many of the bishul akum issues discussed at the recent Agudah Yarchei Kallah (reviewed at a previous audio roundup found here :
Issues include microwave and induction cooking, steaming, defining “eaten raw,” (cmot shehu chai) and “King’s Table” (oleh al shulchan mlachim), factory vs. home preparation, and the status of utensils used.
Current issues in Kashrut supervision include: glow bars and cell phone code triggers qualifying as bishul Yisrael; coffee (Starbucks and other providers); french fries, potato chips and Pringles; sushi and other fish.:
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Terumah Moving a Sefer Torah for Someone with a HandicapAccording to the Yerushalmi, the general rule should be we come to the sefer Torah, it doesn’t come to us. When do we suspend this rule? Our main concern should always be kavod hatorah (the Torah’s honor).
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-Shiur on Shiurim: Has the Kezayis Changed Over History?There’s some irony that shiurim (measurements) were originally set by Chazal to be constant throughout history but the Tzelach’s empiricism set “science” against mesorah (tradition).
- Rabbi Ari Bergmann-Shimon HaTsadik and Antignos: The Beginning of the RuptureWhy did the Sanhedrin go from 71 members to 72 at the time of bayit sheini? Sectarianism!
- Rabbi Dani Schreiber-Discussing Judaism’s Biggest Questions: Morality and Halacha (Part 2)
This shiur covers orthodox philosophical responses to Euthyphro’s dilemma (moral because HKB”H said so or HKB”H said so thus must be moral.)
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