Audio Roundup 2019:40

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by Joel Rich

Recent correspondence:
Sholom u’vracha,
I ran across an article that was fascinating to me in The Lehrhaus. It strikes me
that both of you might enjoy it. I’ve noticed that, in particular, RJR, many of your
comments on Avodah, as well as in your Audio Roundup (btw, I love Audio
Roundup, and I also enjoy your lead-off questions in each installment), have to do
with this meta-halachic issue.
What was particularly fascinating to me in this article, was being able to contrast
two different classes/types of halachic change both regarding Tisha B’Av
practices. One class-type results in bright-lines being drawn, the other seems to
morph into an accepted minhag/halachic change of sorts.
I hope you enjoy! (And would love to hear comments from either/both of you if you
do find the time to read it and find it interesting):

How Halakhah Changes: From Nahem to the “Tisha be-Av Kumzitz”

Firstly thanks so much for your kind remarks. I get no feedback since R’ Gil
basically closed-the comment section so I’m glad to know somebody is reading it.
I think this article pretty much comports with my delicate dance theory of Halacha.
Change generally must be seen as organic rather than being forced from the
outside in order for it to be generally accepted. Once the change expands to larger
populations the rabbinic class has to decide whether to go with the flow, encourage
it or try to stem it. That decision will often be made on a very meta-basis.
I used to think that this was completely an artifact due to our lack of a Sanhedrin
but it’s been so long I’m really not sure. Perhaps that was the reason that each
tribe had its own Sanhedrin and perhaps there was not uniformity but rather 1000
flowers bloomed (excuse the Chinese allusion)

Any historical/halachic data on
when and why Jewish burial practice changed from allowing the body to decay and
then “burying” the bones, to the current practice?

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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