by Joel Rich
The Drashot Haran in his first drasha (page 4ff in the edition I have) makes the case for needing a friend to point out your blind spots and the dangers of living in an echo chamber (think dor haflaga). Hard for me to imagine more germane advice for today!
Thought experiments: There’s a mitzvah that’s equally incumbent on a group that you are part of:
1) do you “chop” (grab) the mitzvah (perhaps show how important/dear it is) or let someone else do it (perhaps showing humility)?
2) What if you are looked at as the senior member of the group – does it change your calculus?
- Rabbi Yehudah Willig-Chap Another’s Mitzvah
When you “chop” (grab) someone else’s mitzvah you owe them ten zehuvim – is that because you stole their property? damaged it? Is it a knas (fine) for the chopper or an object lesson to him (and others?) on how valuable a mitzvah might be? Can you sell mitzvot?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 358-3
Defining mukaf L’dirah vs. not and the implications for reshut hayachid
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Shiur Pesichah – Learning Hilchos Shabbos and Concepts of Bishul
First in a series concerning bishul b’Shabbat. Here covers Mishna Brurah’s introduction to hilchot Shabbat and the importance of keeping Shabbat and studying the halachot. Then onto some introductory bishul concepts
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Observing Shabbos While Caring for Critically Ill Children
Camp Simcha presents a number of “chillul shabbat” situations which are in fact mitzvot because of their unique campers. The main thing is to follow the camp protocols!
- Rabbi Avishai David-שאיפות לגלות ברוחניות
Jews, by nature, are drawn to holiness. We must aspire to it!
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Yoma- The Role of the Kohen Gadol #2
Part II of the linkage between the Kohain Gadol and Yom Hakippurim.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 358-4
More on karpeif and mukaf issues.
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Shelach Why Should One Wear Tzitzis All Day? Understanding The Essence of the Mitzvah
Why go out of our way to wear tzitzit all day? The medium is the message!
- Workshop with Dr. Simcha Chesner on ADHD in the Torah classroom
Description of how ADHD impacts children in their roles as students and discussion of strategies teachers might adopt in dealing with such students.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz ,Rabbi Shay Schachter , Rabbi Boruch Oberlander , Dr. David Pelcovitz-06/26/19 Rabbis’ Sons Syndrome: Chessed and Kiruv at what cost? In Halacha and Haskafah
R’Shay Schachter shares his experiences growing up in the home of a gadol. Rabbi Oberlander addresses kiruv family trade-offs (if any). Dr. Pelcovitz affirms the existence of Rabbi’s son syndrome and offers tips on dealing with it.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilc-os Eruvin 358-5
More on karpeif/bor and mechitzot et al.
- Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter-Authority and Autonomy-:Educational Challenges in a World of Personal Choice
Authority vs. Autonomy as they play out in the 21 century educational forum. In our times students may go for influential authority, coercive authority not so much (me-and certainly not their parents!!)
- Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, Dr. Meir Ekstein, Mrs. Sally Maye-Emotion and Intellect in Jewish Education”Lessons from the Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik 1
R’YBS on the emotional component of avodat hashem that he learned from his mother. This is related to the maaseh (act)/kiyum (fulfillment) differentiation in mitzvot.
- Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, Dr. Meir Ekstein, Mrs. Sally Maye-Emotion and Intellect in Jewish Education”Lessons from the Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik 2
Inner experience (vs. intellectual) drives hashkafa (general life approach) which may then specific halachic applications. Transmitting religious experiences in an educational setting is not simple!
- Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, Dr. Meir Ekstein, Mrs. Sally Maye-Emotion and Intellect in Jewish Education”Lessons from the Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik 3
Finding balance can be a challenge. R’Brovender closes with some personal experiences with R’YBS
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Horayot 5 (יחיד שעשה ע”פ ב”ד חייב 2)
Interesting discussion of ones, shogeg, mistakes and negligence. If you do everything according to halacha can you ever get dinged? (Think about why you bring a karban when you sin bshogeig). Then onto individual vs. group error
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 358-6
What are the rules if you build walls for making mukaf? Can planting in a karpeif undo the mukaf status?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 358-6
Teaching prayer is a big challenge, especially teaching to those who pray in a
Shul (me-bitter gelechter). We need to engender the ability to feel wonder.
- Rabbi Brovender on Art, Tefillah, -and Redeeming Modern Orthodoxy (Part 2)
Q&A: MO allows one to appreciate the tzelem elokim by seeing what human intellect can accomplish.
- Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, Rabbi Shimon Adler,Dr. Beverly Gribetz-The Role of General Studies in Torah Education:Lessons from the Approach of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
History of R’YBS’s Torah and secular studies. He took them both seriously but the Beit Medrash was always home.
- M.K. NATAN SHARANSKY ON “ISRAEL AS A JEWISH AND DEMOCRATIC STATE: EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
How can Israel be both a Jewish and democratic state? How can we all live together?
- Rabbi Zev Friedman-Religious Zealotry
There’s a fine line between acceptable and unacceptable zealotry
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Davening In Front of a Window/Windows in Shul
Windows in a shul may be for light or focus or mikdash related. Distractions are to be avoided during davening (me-good luck!) The number of windows is Kabbalistic.
- Rabbi Yehuda Balsam-Aliyah L’regel Nowadays4
Can you split the mitzvah of aliyah l’regel from the bringing of the karban? If yes, then one could hold that there is a mitzvah of aliyah l’regel today.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 358-7
More on planting in a karpeif including flower beds and the impact on mukaf status
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Walking Past a Shul on the Way To Another Shul
Walking by a Shul can be a negative for you if it looks like you’re setting yourself aside from prayer. There could be a positive element if you’re going to a different (more appropriate for you?) shul. It’s probably not considered passing a mitzvah by (for a number of possible reasons).
- Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein-Davening & Shir Shel Yom- What WAS or WHAT IS?
Is our saying shir shel yom in order to remember what was (the beit hamikdash) or to reflect what is (current state)? Some implications of this distinction discussed but, in any event, prayer in general should always be reflective of one’s current state
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-הקשר בין אהבת ה’ ויראת שמים – כשם שקבלתי שכר על הדרישה כך קבלתי שכר על הפרישה
True yiraah is recognizing that HKB”H is in a different dimension. True ahavah is an attempt to know HKB”H. The ahavah driven realization that you can’t truly know HKB”H brings you to yiraah.
- Rabbi Ari Wasserman-Workplace Halachah – Remembering to Daven Minchah during the busy workday
Some basic rules of mincha focusing on allowable and preferable davening times. Plan ahead, set reminders and try to leave a margin of error.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Emek Hamelech Summer Kollel (3) – Following Your Rebbe’s Psak Against the Majority
When can you follow an opinion of your master (e.g. R’Elazar) when he’s in the minority? There could be several considerations (e.g. how great is he? how much of a talmid are you?)
Some thoughts on whether eilu v’eilu applies to psak and what exactly did Moshe Rabbeinu get at Sinai?
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