by Joel Rich
Why are the rules for which days we don’t say tachanun not parallel to those for not saying lamenatzeach?
Question: When the gemara has an Ibaye d’lo Ifshita (unresolved question), is the practical halachic process going forward any different from one where it closes with teiku? If so, how?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 345-8
Carrying on Shabbat rules for karmelit higher than 10 tfachim and holes in walls adjacent to a karmelit.
- Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-The Power of New Torah: A Quick Look At 6 of the Important Seforim Published in the Last Yea
t’s important to expose oneself to new sfarim as well as the classics. Some new sfarim to consider are: The latest volume of Tshuvot V’hanhagot (new issues); Ben Torah for Life; Sefer Yonah (including a new mhalech); Zeh Hashaar (GRA on Mishlei); R’Henkin on Aruch Hashulchan and R’Lebowitz on halacha (and how psak develops).
[My take on three of these: 1.) The need for a book like Ben Torah for life is driven by what IMHO is a misweighting of chinuch priorities including the lack of focus on a holistic view of every facet of our lives 2.) The Aruch Hashulchan is way up on my list (see R’Schwartz’s earlier reviewed comments on the Mishna Brura as a sefer of psak) 3.) I hope folks understand the difference between reading a sefer of halacha (including psak development) and the right to have an opinion (as R’HS likes to say).
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – May Doctors Get Paid?
Paying doctors more than “schar batala” is now OK because how could we function if we didn’t? (Me- libi omer li?)
- with Refoel Koenig, Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblum,Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin-5/25/19 Extremism and Fringe Groups Part I
Effects on our image, Chinuch and Kiruv, Dangers and benefits of extremism and much more
The moderator thinks fringe groups within “our community” hurt us (scary interview with a survivor). R’Rosenblum feels as a baal tshuva he is more sensitive than the “average” chareidi to chillul hashem issue but is unwilling to scope out the possible damage, especially in an age where anti-religious sentiment (in Israel) is so strong. Better to focus on our own one-to-one interactions. (The moderator demurs.) R’Rosenblum thinks R’Shach’s unitary daat Torah view is a problem (well, he didn’t say it that way). [IMHO once you commit to Daat Torah how can you tell someone else to ignore his daat to Torah?] R’Bashefkin speaks about normalcy and the need to be passionate about your moderation.
[Me – many would say our moderation is really fringe; but we live in a postmodern world where everyone’s truth is their own.]
- Ezer Diena-Leisure in Halacha 2: Music During Sefirah and Year-Round
Music in Tanach times seemed to have been a positive social and religious experience, since the churban not so much. When one reviews the Talmudic (and post) sources, it’s hard to understand why we seem to have no boundaries on listening. Possible halachic reasons provided (me – klal yisrael voted with its feet.) It’s really all about why you listen
- Rabbi Etan Schnall-=Lessons of Lag B’Omer for the Unkempt and Uncomfortabl
You are a ben torah, look like it—it’s part of your avodah. Don’t focus on gashmiut (materialism).
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – The Issur and Exceptions to Onaas Devarim
Onaas dvarim is a bad thing but there are exceptions to the rule.
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-Till How Late In The Day Can One Daven Mincha
Summary of the usual Play, Shkia, Tzeit et al debates; includes practical psak.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Pirkei Avos Perek Beis
Chapter 2 of pirkei avot including: Sinai vs. oker harim; Schar mitzvah vs. aveirah; Aveirah l’shma; Learning Torah vs. making a living; Askanut (service to others?) is only a mitzvah if done l’shma; Being part of the tzibbur; Torah is to be shared!
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Thoughts Upon Lag BaOmer- The Value of Kaballah for Non-Kabbalists
The yeshiva world is into nigleh (revealed) but we should understand that kabbalah (according to tradition) is simply the rational study of a world we can’t see and the fact that it was only written down later is unrelated to its actual age. Ditto visiting Meiron on Lag Baomer.
Even rationalists could use a little kabbalah to deal with our hyper-rational world and to get closer to HKB”H.
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Tax Incentives and Amazon HQ2
How does halacha view various sub-groups of stakeholders’ equity, allocation of the tax burden, regulation and services provided?
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein
R’Goldstein saw the synagogue as an institution and founded the Institutional Synagogue in NY (marrying well was also helpful!). He was particularly focused on bringing children (back) into the fold
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Hashkafa for Shavuot and קבלת התורה: the great controversy as to who owns the Torah and where it belongs
Some interesting thoughts on angelic free will and HKB”H as a principal using us as agents in order for him to carry out mitzvot.
- Business Halacha Institute Annual Brunch, 2019
Money quote – “The rabbi needs money.” (This was a fundraising dinner as well.) Brief presentations and then Q&A concerning the beit din and secular court processes. The main thing is to show respect for the beit din process. One must understand the roles of the respective institutions and the difference between mediation and arbitration. Specific application discussed
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-Living With Emunah (Part 107): Stop Feeling Entitled to Understand Everything
Fear of HKB”H crowds out all other fears. It’s arrogance to believe we should be able to understand everything HKB”H does (tapestry analogy). Don’t ask why, ask what should we do? Shabbat is about realizing we’re not in charge.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Pirkei Avos Perek Gimmel
Topics include: Tzelem elokim; Daven towards where?; Levels of kedusha in Israel; Bchol drachecha daehu; Balance in learning; Tzedaka priorities; Levels of apikorsus and much more.
- Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein-R. Uzziel on Whether “Al Menat” Means a Condition (17 Iyar)
Lomdus on the halachic force of saying a transaction is made “al minat”—is it a tnai or a shiur?
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-Contemporary Halacha Chazara Shiur #1
Review of some of the “practical halacha” shiurim required for smicha at RIETS. This session includes: Pru U’rvu (R’M Willig); Dina Dmalchuta Dina (R’H Schachter); Chol Hamoed (R’E Adler); Women’s Issues (R’Y Reiss); Ribbit (R’D Feldman) and Tumat Kohanim (R’E Koenigsberg).
- Rabbi Ari Kahn-God Consciousness; Rejoicing in the Good – Interpreting the Bad
Why did we need two tochacha’s? (and lessons thereof).
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Behar 5779
Detail concerning shmita, shofar, onaah and kedushat Eretz Yisrael and walled cities.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Shalosh Seudos on Yom Tov
Did the maan fall or Yom Tov? Why can you cook for Shabbat on Yom Tov? Which challah do you cut first when Yom Tov coincides with Shabbat? Does one eat shalosh seudot of mlaveh malka on Yom Tov?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 345-9 and 346-1
Some final thoughts on makom ptur and then on to differentiating Torah and Rabbinic carrying in rshut harabim, rshut hayachid and karmelit.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-A Mesorah in Learning: What is a Derech haLimud?
R’HS continues his plea for covering more ground when learning, recognizing the difference between intellectual wheel spinning and psak, and not straying too far from the sources.
Money quote to an actuary who dabbles in learning, “Once you know all the data . . .”
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Law or the Rabbinate
More on R’Goldstein—including some interesting thoughts on social dancing
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 345-9 and 346-1Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 346-2
Rules concerning transfers of objects between makom ptur, karmelit, rshut harabim, rshut hayachid, and karpef.
- Rabbi Dov Winston-The Torah, Life and Thought of Nechama Leibowitz
Biography and example of works and approach of Nechama Lebowitz to Tanach.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Appreciating the Incredible Gift of The Kotel Hamaaravi
We really need to appreciate that HKB”H returned the kotel to us. Discussion of notes in the kotel and touching the kotel (and what the kotel really is).
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 346-4 and 347-1
An overhang in front of your doorway doesn’t make it into an rshut hayachid if there are not side walls/poles.
- Rabbi David Horwitz-How Loudly May One Daven: -onflicting Sources & Perspective
Min/Max volume for prayer = f (purpose, location, individual).
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-How to view our money! And violating the Shabbos for non religious Jews
The only money we take with us is that which we give to charity. We are trustees on all resources HKB”H gives us. Then on to the reasons given for violating Shabbat to save a life and the possible case specific implications.
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