by Joel Rich
Clarke’s first law states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If so, how did Chazal accept any medicinal treatments from non-halachic sources (since no one knew how these treatments actually worked [and in the end they didn’t])
A prominent MO pulpit Rabbi was talking about psak and going to more than one poseik . He stated that going to more than one is not a problem as long as they have similar approaches. In particular he mentioned Rabbi H Schacter, Rabbi M Willig and Rabbi A Weiss. I was a bit surprised because I don’t believe that their psak approaches are particularly similar
I’ve always felt that going to more than one poseik (even in different areas of psak) raises the likelihood that one will be accepting positions which are based on a higher order tartei dsatrei (That even the poseik may not be consciously aware of). I would think this would be especially true when the methodologies of psak of the poskim are much different. It’s certainly been my impression that Rabbi Weiss’s approach is much different in than Rabbi Schacter (e.g. he doesn’t generally hold from tzvei dinim , Is a lot more likely to go with libi omer li. Etc.) Nothing wrong with any of these approaches they just seem to be very different and while even poskim with very similar approaches may come to different conclusions it just seems to me that the same way one would settle on a general life approach in a poseik one might think to strive for consistency in psak approach. I guess the original statement would be more in line with what I call “the franchise” theory (adapted from my consulting life) – Once you earn the trust of your peers (and more so your clients) you get to do a lot of what you want based on the past history/trust rather than on the individual analysis.
Of course none of my musings are lmaaseh
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Choosing the Right Friends & Community
It’s all about acculturation (my word for who you hang out with, not his) [Jim Rohn – “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”] but how do you balance “protecting” yourself with being a good influence on others.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 359-1 and 360-1
Can an unused yard be mukaf? How do personal (sheti v’eruv) mechitzot work?
- Rabbi Zev Leff ,Rabbi Mordechai Becher,Rabbi Shea Chaitofsky ,Rabbi Yosef Viener-7/6/19 Sports in Halacha-Playing contact sports, going to games, following and cheering pro teams, idolizing sports heroes, Moshav Leitzim, and many other Halachos regarding sports
Engaging in and/or spectating sports seems to be a problem topic – how does one balance human physical and emotional needs with an (aspirational?) vision of “purity” and Talmud Torah 24/7? How does one balance (if at all) being a toshav (universalism) with being a ger (particularism)? Listen and decide for yourself as to each speakers’ “balance”.
- Rabbi Yechezkel Hartman -Zman Tefilah – The Earliest and Latest Time to Daven Shacharit
From dawn till noon – what’s preferred, what works and what is “in emergency only” for shacharit davening times? [me-still no discussion of how artificial lighting might impact how we look at time]
- Rabbi Shraga Kallus-Sheitels: hair that when you cut, it doesn’t grow back!
Review of hair covering rules – the bottom line is a concern over the need to look provocative all the time.
- Rabbi Zev Leff-Leaders and Followers
The goal of a leader is to teach his followers and enable them to bring out the best of them as members of the people of destiny.
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Hilchos Muktzah – Shiur 4 – Perek Kirah (electronics
The muktzeh status of electronics will depend on the definitions of chisaron kis (monetary loss), mius (disgusting) and function.
- Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb-Make Peace Not War: The Halacha and Hashkafa of Machlokes
Machloket l’sheim shamayim (disagreement for heavenly purpose) is when you are trying to get to the truth and it’s not about personalities. Is machloket always forbidden (and if so under what prohibition?) or is the prohibition limited in scope?
- Rabbi Ezra Schwartz-Halachic Men Season V Episode 2; the life and Torah contributions of ROSH
The Rosh takes the Rif added Tosfot, and took us back to the Talmud. He was against philosophy and “shortcut” books (code summaries).
- Rabbi Ezra Wiener-Developing An Ethical Personality Insights of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein on Pirkei Avot
First in a series based on R’Aharon Lichtenstein’s lectures on Pirkei Avot. The focus of Pirkei Avot is on the mesorah (for all of us) and on character (for the dayanim [judge]). Of course at some level, we are all judges. Some of the insights from Pirkei Avot are requirements, some are aspirational.
- Rabbi Andrew Markowitz-One giant leap? Keeping mitzvot on the moon
Do all mitzvot apply outside the sphere of the earth? If yes, how will we deal with time bound ones? Do we look to the North Pole endless day (at least 6 opinions) discussion for guidance?
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Chukas 5779
Parsha thoughts including: Hardcore vs non-hardcore sinners; Tumah and tahara topics; Kedushat har habayit; Mayim shein lahem sof, Kinyan kibbush and much more.
- Rabbi Dani Rapp-Business Ethics #1
First in a series – we are held accountable in the heavenly court based on intentions.
Lfnim mshurat hadin (spirit of law!) is a good thing but can an earthly court enforce it?
- Rabbi David Berger-Dr Berger Parshat Shelach 6-27-19
Mraglim (spies) – what was their charge? Did they start out good or bad? Why did they phrase their report as they did?
- abbi Yona Reiss-From the Dayan’s Desk #62 – Yibum & Chalitzah – Contemporary Cases
Chalitzah or Yibbum – which is preferable? Will we allow a “yibbumed” couple to stay married? Does post mortem conception/birth obviate the need? Should a brother be asked to sign a pre-nup agreeing to take part if needed?
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-The Halachic View of DNR
Final segment on abortion-where it’s allowed (conflicting opinions including on Tay Sachs) father must consent.
Mercy killing – is it allowed or is suffering always worthwhile?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 360-2
More Sheti v’eruv and making a mechitza garua. How are the rules different if there’s more than one player?
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Horayot 7 (מת אותו ב”ד, מאה שישבו להורות, כל עדת ישראל)
Continuing Horiyot Shiur 1) Par h’elem – what if a later sanhedrin reverses the decision of an earlier one? 2) How is psak decided when the gemara does not reach a conclusion? 3) How could the gemara envision a court of 100?
- Rabbi Ari Kahn-When Halakha is Fake News part 1
Can you really attribute a legal position to someone who you didn’t hear it from in order to get it accepted?
- Rabbi Yona Reiss-From the Dayan’s Desk #61 – Abortion from a Halachic & Constitutional Perspective
Review of the various halachic positions on when abortion may be permitted. Should we be lobbying for particular political positions? We should certainly be part of the public moral debate.
- Rabbi Yechezkel Hartman -Eating, Working and Exercising before Shacharit
General rule – daven first, other things second. Issues include learning vs. davening, showering, coffee, exercise, work… Perhaps at least say the morning brachot first!
- Rabbi Yitzchak Yisraeli-Traveling on Shabbat: From Boarding Boats to Flying on Planes
There are a few reasons given for not leaving on a boat trip within three days before Shabbat. How would these apply to an over Shabbat airplane flight?
- Rabbi Aharon Kahn-Metamei es Hatehorim and Three Guideposts in Approaching Torah
The “absurdity” of the Parah Adumah and the sprinkler/sprinklee impurity/purity dialectic is explored in this shiur. The lesson is to approach the Torah and HKB”H with humility.
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Intro to the Three Weeks: Aveilut for Churban, objective or subjective?
R’YBS on maaseh (action) and kiyum (accomplishment) as applied to aveilut (mourning). Aveilut requires positive actions and involves certain prohibitions. Mourning may involve objective and subjective halachic elements.
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Jew of the Future 3: Must an Artificial Intelligence Observe Shabbat?
Does AI have personhood? (No) Whether there are technical Shimrat Shabbat issues or not, meta-issues will prevail.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 360-3 and 361-1
Case of a roof next to reshut harabbim not 10 tfachim high.
- Rabbi Yehuda Balsam-Walking to shul
Is the physical act of walking part of the mitzvah of aliyah l’regel. Is it a hechsher mitzvah (preparatory)? When is walking by one shul to go to another not passing by a mitzvah but rather rewardable (schar pseiot)?
- Rav Asher Weiss-Tircha D’Tzibura (5779)
Is avoiding tircha d’tzibura (bothering the community?) a torah on a rabbinic commandment? (Perhaps torah with rabbinic definitions) Is it the same as kavod hatzibbur? Can the tzibbur be mocheil (waive) its rights? (perhaps only in certain situations)
- Rabbi Yonah Gross-Choosing What Mitzva to do First: Tadir Kodem – Halacha from Bamidbar Chapter 28 & 29
Defining tadir (more frequent) – is it actual # of events or something else? Is it simply a tie breaker or reflective of existential priorities?
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Horayot 8 (עשה על פיהן אחר שחזרו)
When one didn’t hear the beit din retract a psak, are they violating bmeizid, bshogeig or somewhere in between? How much responsibility does one have to keep up with late breaking court developments?
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