Audio Roundup 2019:32

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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?

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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