by Joel Rich
Osna Haberman, Zachary’s sister said:
“All of our prayers during these 37 years went to one place and we’re here. I thought about what I would do here in this place. I can’t even embrace you. So I thought to turn to the ground and ask the land to embrace you. After a few minutes I understood that I don’t even need to ask.”“The land embraces you so strongly. And why? Because there is absolute love between the son that gave everything for the land and the land itself, and there is a perfect union here. You are together now,”
I’ve heard rabbi Asher weiss make the point concerning the programmers looking at driverless cars from the point of the driver. I suspect that this will be subject to regulation and/or industry standards since divining what the other party will do is a big part of the challenge in the technology. In addition I’m not sure that we will view the programmer as an agent of society rather than as an agent of the eventual buyer
You might also want to think about whether there is an inconsistency between saying that the “driver“ should not be liable for damage if the programmer is programming based on the drivers priorities.
- Rabbi Asher Weiss-Halachik Challenges Facing the IDF, The Mossad and The Israeli Police Force
R’Asher Weiss is a unique individual and poseik. If you haven’t heard him speak about the new paradigm required for psak in a nation returned home, this is a good opportunity.
Two items were somewhat new to me and of particular interest from a practical standpoint:
• Comments on shul security and shmirat shabbat (the reevaluation algorithm seems to be the same on both a halachic and financial basis)
• Driverless car programming of the trolley car conundrum type should be done from the standpoint of the driver not of society.
Lots to discuss!
- **Guest hosted by Rabbi Benyamin Goldschmidt** -Rabbi Jonathan Rietti ,Rabbi Yechezkel Ishayek,Mrs. Rorie Weisberg,Mrs. Hila Vide-3/30/19 Obesity in the Frum World. The Rambams diet vs. the Atkins diet. Health, exercise & nutrition in Halacha.
Living a healthy lifestyle is the Torah way (HT – Uncle Moishy) [Me – would a meta-analysis of actual “Torah True” Jews’ data support this contention?]
- Rabbi Asher Weiss-The Essence of Chassidus – Living Life With Simcha
Chassidut is all about attitude and an intricate relationship with HKB”H. It’s a big mitzvah to be b’simcha (HT – Uncle Moishy).
- Rabbi Asher Weiss-Telling the Story on Leil Haseder
While R’Chaim is quoted as saying there are three major differences between sippur and zchirat yetziat mitzrayim 1.) Q&A nature 2.) Shevach/gnut focus 3.) Must mention 3 things, R’Weiss thinks these are only drabanan. The three things R’Asher would identify are 1.) detailed storytelling 2.) identifying this is the day it happened 3.) must be loud enough to be heard. In one way, hagadah is based in hallel/praise, the rest of the year is kabbalat ol/yoke acceptance.
- Mrs. Melissa Kapustin-“All Things are Mortal But the Jews” Antisemitism Throughout the Ages
History of Anti-Semitism and its current day definition and expression.
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-The Connection between פרשת פרה and פרשת שמיני
Shtuyei Yayin (drunkenness) is a problem in the beit mikdash and in psak—there’s an intensity of focus required. Halacha is built on inner logic—even chukim. Perhaps this was the problem of Nadav V’avihu.
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-The Yeshiva Experience in the Life of a Ben Torah
Your years in Yeshiva (University) should inspire you for a lifetime of being the best you can be in the real world.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Tazria 5779 – Induced Labor and Cesarean Bris on Shabbos, Dam Tohar, Sitting Shiva on Oneself
Parsha topics including but not limited to: Leidah (normal birth) defined and implications thereof; Tamei and tahor blood and mikvah counting; mtzora observances; self-aveilut for metzorah; grama in the case of damages; and yehareg v’al yaaror by a non-Jew.
- Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich-Great Jewish Books – Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik
Biography and greatest hits.
- Rabbi Moshe N. Reichman,Rabbi Avi Schneider,Rabbi Yehuda Werblowsky,Rabbi Eric Ifrah, Rabbi Nosson Rich,Rabbi Dani Kunstler,Rabbi Rafi Domsky-Round Robin Haggada ideas
Some short insights into the Hagadah.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Humor: Its Values and Dangers
Chazal used humor, the key is to use it for the right purpose in the right time and place.
- Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein-Living With Contradiction – Benching Clashes Of DST
If you started your shalosh seudot before shkiah and ended it after tzeit and it’s then rosh chodesh, what do you do about rtzeih and yaaleh v’yavo in birchat hamazon? There are a number of opinions (go by when you started, finished eating, began birchat hamazon or say both).
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Masechet Brachot 2a: Introduction to the study of Torah She’bal’peh
Introduction to learning gemara—Talmud Brachot as a test case first in a series (maybe).
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Soft Matzah for Ashkenazim: A Case Study in Modern Minhag
History of “soft” matzah and positions today concerning ashkenazic usage. Is non-usage a real minhag?
- Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-The Basics of Negaim/Tzara’as: An Introduction to Important Issues
Introduction to the basic halachot and hashkafot of negaim.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-הרהורים על החזרת זכריה באומל ז”ל לקבורת ישראל
Likut atzamot (bone collection) was the norm in Jewish burials but practices changed. It’s a time of mixed emotions reflecting the somberness of the moment but the good feeling of doing the right thing. (Think Z’Baumel HY”D.)
- Rabbi Gershon Albert-Written by God, Read by Man: The Two Schools of Midrashic Interpretation
R’Akiva and R’Yishmael represent two different interpretive styles, these differences continue throughout the ages. R’Yishmael was a literal strict rationalist, R’Akiva was always reinterpreting looking for “the secret” behind the verse
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Honoring Kohanim Nowadays
Why don’t we seem to be as concerned with kdushat cohanim as it seems we should be? A number of theories posited [me – which came first, the theories or the practice?]
- Rabbi Ari Bergmann-The Pairs and the Development of Christianity
Qumran was the beginning of the jesus movement as Yehoshua ben Prachya pushed groups out.
The creation of a united community is important.
- Rabbi Yosef Bronstein-The Redemption of Speech: Thoughts from Chabad, Rav Soloveitchik, Breslov and Rav Kook
Redemption of speech may create a reality reflective of our relationship with HKB”H or define who we are as people or create a bond with others.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Lulav 658-1
More on gifting a lulav to someone else for usage on the first day of sukkot.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Lulav 658-2
Can a giftee pass the 4 minim on to someone else if the original owner did not expressly prohibit it? How do transactions with various aged children impact the mitzvah?
- Rabbi Larry Rothwachs-A Tough Pill to Swallow: Do Medications and Cosmetics Require Pesach Certification?
Medicine lists for Pesach – a solution looking for a problem? [Me – of course, peanut oil was once OK, too.]
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbi’s Desk – Smoking Marijuana on Pesach, False Rebate
Issues with smoking weed on Yom Tov – kitniyot (no), dina dmalchuta (medicinal), shaaveh l’chol nefesh (?) [Me – simchat Yom Tov?] Predating a bill of sale to qualify for a rebate is gneivah! [Me – call the company, they probably wouldn’t care.]
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Introduction to Divrei HaYamim
Divrei Hayamin’s recounting of history differs from that of earlier Neviim because its focus is on shivat tzion (return to Zion) theological mussar, and downplaying foreign alliances.
- Rav Asher Weiss-hatora chasa al mamonam shel israel
HKB”H’s concern for our resources is at least partially the source of leniency in a case of great loss. Does it apply to Torah rules as well?
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-A Rabbi’s Guide for Communal Mechiras Chametz
Cram course on the ins and outs of all the kinyanim (modes of acquisition) done when selling chametz to the non ben brit.
- Rabbi Isaac Rice-Invited To A Bris Milah But You Have an Appointment, What Do You Do?
Why do we single out brit as the one simcha that you’re “officially” invited to, it’s a problem not to go? What are the workarounds not to go?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Lulav 658-3
If you give someone an etrog to do the mitzvah, it’s assumed you want it back.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Introduction to Mishlei
Mishlei is oversimplified wisdom (perhaps aimed at kids) but wisdom nonetheless.
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