Audio Roundup 2019:48

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by Joel Rich

The story of Reish Lakish’s (r”l) leaving the banditry business and becoming a leading amora is fairly well known (see bava metzia 84a). Less well known is that with the seeming exception of rashi, everyone (see tosfot) seems to believe [based on the language here of hadrat = return and some chronology elsewhere] that he was a gavra raba (great rabbi) prior to becoming a bandit.
The rosh quoted in the shita mekubetzet states that the fact that no one questioned the efficacy of his return (based on a desire to marry r’yochanan’s sister) proves that he must’ve been originally learned. Does anyone understand how this answer solves the problem?
The gemara continues by saying that “akrei v’atneih” (r’yochanan taught r”l mikra and Mishna). Doesn’t this seem to go against the position that r”l was previously learned? Also why no back story as to why r”l went OTD or why marriage prospects were sufficient to get him back on the derech?


For those of you who have consumed secular culture in your lifetime, which character (preferably movie) did you identify with regarding a particular facet of your life’s struggle?


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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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