by Joel Rich
Anyone aware of any women who do not do mlacha after shkia during the period between Pesach and Shavuot? Men? (see S”A O”C 493:4)
The chavot yair (252) was asked by a talmid chacham (TC) about the following circumstances: The TC’s cousin vowed to provide the TC with weekly wine for Kiddush. The TC would rather use his own wine as he doesn’t want to have a freebie with which to do a mitzvah (see Samuel 2.24:24) He fears however it would be stealing to use the provided wine as the cousin would not have given it to him if he knew he wasn’t using it for Kiddush.
The chavot yair provides a detailed analysis of whether such a condition is truly binding [the whole less than 100% free and clear sale topic is an interesting one – is it not a sale if the condition isn’t met or is there a separate obligation] What caught my eye however was his endorsement of the TC’s preference to pay for his own kiddush even if the wine wasn’t as good! It’s not based on the passage from Samuel [I suspect since that case was a purchase from a non-ben brit) but rather because “tfei hiddur v’dikduk mitzvah havi im koneh ladavar mkiso dlo havi msitca d’chinam dmistra milta yesh lanu od rayah mhazohar” it’s more of a beautification and scrupulousness in mitzvoth if he buys it himself so it’s not free and even though this is clearly logical, we have a proof from the zohar.] My question is why is this so clearly logical? The usual “hiddur” is in the mitzvah itself, which in this case would be accomplished with the better donated wine. In addition, the TC would now have funds to secure additional mitzvoth (e.g. tzedaka).
My meta guess would’ve been soneih matanot yichyeh (it’s better not to take gifts) but that would require not taking the donated wine at all – which didn’t seem up for grabs. Any thoughts other than behavioral economics? (we value our own things more).
- Rabbi Osher Weiss-מוצאי יום הכיפורים: עבירות שבין אדם לחבירו
Hebrew version of a shiur previously reviewed here concerning R’Weiss’s focus on the importance of mitzvoth between man and his neighbor (not sufficiently appreciated in orthodox circles) and the realization that all forgiveness is subject to HKBHs discretion.
- Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich-Contemporary Approaches to Teshuva – The Rav
Rambam’s hilchot tshuva chapter one (individual sin) vs. chapter seven (overall personality) as seen through the eyes of R’YBS. National redemption discussed as well.
- Rabbi Shaya Katz-Legends & Lessons: R’ Akiva Eiger and Chasam Sofer
The Life and Times of the Chatam Sofer and R’Akiva Eiger.
- Guest Hosted by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz – Rabbi Shay Tahan , Rabbi Yitzchok Eizik Silver,Rabbi Moshe Heineman-10/12/19 – Show 241 – Contemporary Sukkos Shailos Everyone Needs to Know – Using the Yom Tov Oven
Showering on Y”T, Sleeping in the Sukkah, How much to spend on Arba Minim, Using Plastic Ties for Schach, Sitting in Sukkah on Shmini Atzeres and many more..
Sukkot issues including: restaurant sukkah, screens and mats used with a sukkah, sleeping in the sukkah, maamad, sukkah on shmini atzeret, etrogim (yichus/taking many/cost-especially for those on tuition scholarships), smoking/bathing on yom tov (shaveh lkol nefesh), trapping bees and yom tov mode ovens.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Hilchos Sukkah and Daled Minim 5780
Sukkot insights including: Sukkah and schach issues (maamad, materials, et al), rain the first night, 2nd night order of brachot/shechiyanu, shmini atzeret and lastly 4 minim (specific physical requirements including holding them in separate hands, and huktza lmitzvato)
- Rabbi Nachum Chaimowitz-Sukkot: How can one be Commanded to be Happy?
Sukkot is about our relationship with HKBH.
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-The Thoughts of Rav Soloveitchik on Ha’Azinu
Parsha insights including: physical and spiritual laws are both absolute; exile from Israel for sinners is an intrinsic “punishment”, we don’t question HKBH except on Tisha B’av; we have both mimetic and halachic mesorah transmission and we don’t seem to do well with the test of wealth.
- Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff-613 Mitzvot: Mitzvah 325- Sukkah: Great Yediot About Sukkot
Sukkah in hashkafa and halacha.
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Gadol Worship and The Avodah of Yom Kippur: The Importance of Visualizing Success
Why so much focus on the individual kohain gadol in the yom kippur avodah? (aren’t we more egalitarian?) We want an inspiring model of success in avodat hashem. We need to take that model forward into the rest of our year.
- Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff-Rav Tzadok HaKohen On Sukkot
Sukkot follows yom kippur in order to give us another chance at geulah (redemption).
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Hadar and Hiddur in Etrog and Sefer Torah
Lamdus on pri eitz hadar and hiddur mitzvah.
- Rabbi Shraga Kallus-Etrog . . . Pitum-less!
R’Steinberg’s position is that an etrog must have a pitum, others accept a pitum-less etrog depending on when the pitum was lost. Other issues with etrogim discussed as well.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Tosefes Inuy – Halacha and Mussar
Adding on to yom kippur possibly is about making a clear contrast between the inuyim (strictures) and non inuyim times. Some nice mussar as well.
- Rabbi Ari Ginsberg-Stories from the Gemara – The Rise and Fall of Reish Lakish
Shiur explaining the reish lakish /r’yochanan foundation story (bava metzia 84a) in terms of personality.
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Iyov (Job) 36:16-28: Suffering as Good; Introducing Wonder
Part of an ongoing iyov series. Here discussion of the theory of the benefit of suffering as well as developing a sense of wonder.
- Rabbi Jeffrey Saks,Mrs Atara Eis,Mrs. Laurie Novick-Reconstruction in No Man’s Land
General discussion of the confluence of current trends in halacha, media, technology and women. It’s a wild west out there. Sounds like mimetic can be defined as what your mesora is or what your friends do.
- Harav Asher Weiss | Emunah And Bitachon | Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun, Ramat Beit Shemesh
Defining emunah (faith) and bitachon (belief) leading to dveikut (cleaving) with HKBH. Are they mitzvot or midot?
- R M Rosensweig-Sanhedrin 01 – Hakdama – Din, Minuy HaDayanim
Introduction to mesechet sanhedrin. Choshen mishpat is both pragmatic and idealistic as an emanation of divine will. Is it a mitzvah to appoint shoftim (judges) and shotrim (officers of the court)?
- Rabbi Jeremy Wieder-Hulin/Yoreh De’ah #1 – Introduction to Hilkhot Taaruvot
Introduction to kashrut – lach, yaveish, bitul, taam… It’s all about math and chemistry.
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-LAS VEGAS
What to do when you “must” participate in a trade show that “must” be open on Shabbat.
- Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein-“Don’t interfere Rabbi”- Yom Kippur to Simchat Torah revisited/a>
Yom kippur represents the written law, sukkot/simchat torah depends more on (and represents) the oral law.
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Selichah U’Mechilah What’s the Difference Between Pardoning and Forgiving
What’s the difference between mechilla and selicha for a sin? R’YBS – mechilla = kapparah (atonement) but not complete forgiveness whereas selicha (tahara) is as if it never happened. R’Aron Soloveichik differentiates based on the parallel of a governor’s pardon vs. forgiveness from an effected party.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Sukkot – The Timeless Meaning of a Timely Holiday
A number of reasons given for sukkot’s calendar placement (including only built when (1) needed in cold desert (2) obvious for religious purposes (3) farmers are free (4) 6 months away from pesach (timed reminder of leaving Egypt). R’Bednarsh likes rashbam’s approach of agricultural society timing to remind us where our material resources come from (HKB”H). Me – Remember R’YBS’s comment on our failure to deal well with the test of wealth.
- Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer, Rabbi Rabbi Reuven Leuchter ,Rabbi Daniel Rowe,Rabbi Jamie Cowland-10/19/19 – Show 242 – Sukkos Joy: Understanding Simchas Yom Tov
How should we translate the word “simcha”? Why is simcha so central to Jewish Torah life? What is special about the simcha of Sukkos? How does simcha become an ethical imperative? And much more…
How does one put oneself into a state of simcha? Me – see D. Kahnemann on happiness vs. satisfaction
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Is Simchat Torah Permissible: the Role of Simcha in Torah Study
Of course true simcha (pure joy) is compatible with even the most serious torah learning. It can even be of assistance in it.
- Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-What Torah Must You Learn, And What Torah Should You Avoid? Exploring the Worlds of Brisk and Breslov
R’Nachman said not to learn philosophy (even frum) but to rely on emunah pshuta (simple faith). One should cover lots of ground and review on a deeper level the next time through and you can still be a tsaddik.
Briskers tend towards chumrah as well as emphasizing focus on rishonim and the internal dynamics of a sugya.
- Rabbi Ari Kahn-Teshuva and Recidivism
The purpose of tshuva is to break the cycle of sin
- Rabbi Yehuda Balsam-Tikun Leil Hoshana Rabbah at BKNW
Topics include: children and 4 minim; R’Chaim on hiddur mitzvah; the kruvim; mitzvat hareshut(optional mitzvot)
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Rain, Hashgacha, and the Yamim Tovim
The symbolism of rain in Israel and the agricultural cycle (it’s all from HKB”H)
- Rabbi Chaim Eisenstein-Sitting in the Sukkah and Leaving the Sukkah:Perspectives from Halacha and Machshava
Simcha is about shleimut (realizing that everything one needs is given to him by HKB”H) and this is what Sukkot is all about.
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