My response to a Thanksgiving post a bit back:
1. the opposition IMHO in the orthodox community is meta-hashkafic not micro-halachic (in perhaps a positive way)-how much ger and how much toshav?(mother’s day? Veterans day?)
2.The treatment we’ve gotten (BTW it wasn’t always so great but as Churchill (or Abba Eban )said : The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.) is a secondary effect of this being a medina shel chesed. We need to be thankful to HKB”H for putting this less than perfect country in the historical position of being a powerful force for good (and especially now work to keep it as such)
KT from a soon to be dual citizen BE”H
What percentage of people would like to know how they are really viewed by others (vs. maintaining their false self-image)? Are we failing (ethically?) by not telling folks if there are negative perceptions about them out there?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Shnayim Mikra V’echad Targum
What is the nature of the chiyuv of shnayim mikra? When and how should it be said? What qualifies as targum? (me – every translation is a commentary) So why is the “minhag haolam” different from the textual one?
- Ari Wasserman, Rabbi Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz,Mrs. Elisheva Liss,”Sarah”,Rabbi Dr. Jack Cohen-11/23/19 – Show 247 – “Broken Engagements” in Halachah, Hashkafah and Psychology.
Why are there so many broken engagements nowadays? How can they be avoided? Does the one who breaks the shidduch get penalized? Do the ring, sheitel and other gifts need to be returned? Who pays the costs which were committed to (wedding hall, photographer, band, make-up artist)? Does the Shadchan need to return the Shadchanus?
In the general public, 20% of engagements are broken off; in the orthodox world, there’s no data (surprise!! but that doesn’t stop anyone from opining on the trend).
It’s serious when it happens and there should be a shtar mechila (forgiveness document) or else there can be cherems (bans)
When is it appropriate to breach an engagement? What are the monetary results/responsibilities? The fault is with western liberal society/media: How do you prevent it? (know each other better)
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-בענין כח התפילה (2)
How might prayer work? (1) It changes you (2) HKBH pretends he needs your prayer (3) HKBH set up the system to require it (4) It shows appreciation which allows the desired result (5) We pray that HKBH’s pain is reduced
Includes insights on how to relate to kabbalah.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbis Desk – Pigeon On Belly
We’re supposed to be religious, not superstitious! (Kach mkublani mbeit avi ima)
- Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein-FRONT & CENTER; Where should the Chazzan stand?
There have been different practices as to where the shaliach tzibbur should stand so be a bit humble and do your research before you correct someone. (me – good general advice)
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-The Challenges and Opportunities of CRISP
CRISPR gene line editing – encouraged, permitted, neutral, discouraged or forbidden? One general issue is whether human creativity in this area goes over the “playing god” line. There are also specific practical and philosophical issues at play. Some interesting discussion of how halacha evaluates slippery slopes (risk/reward analysis) and the concept of chokification (when you want to marginalize something, call it a chok).
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Contemporary Halacha: Halacha for travelers at sea and by air
More on the no ocean travel 3 days before Shabbat; then on to introduction to dateline issues.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-The Role of the Shoel in Psak and Why is Psak Binding? (2)
Are the restrictions on getting a second bite at the apple with halachic questions placed on the questioner or the respondent? Analysis of the reasons for the restrictions included as well.
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Dancing at Two Weddings: The Ethics of Moonlighting
Halacha treats Employee/Employer relationships as subject to the divine will. The best approach is usually complete transparency.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich=Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 370-2
Clarification of rules for the eruv when one individual owns multiple housing units.
- Rav Asher Weiss-Halca of Onen
Is an onen forbidden to do mitzvot or just exempt? Is his status based on his involvement in a mitzvah or kavod hameit (respect for the dead)? Contemporary applications discussed.
Interesting question – should one give over burial responsibilities to others so he can get back to doing mitzvot? (no)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Eishes Chayil on Friday Night
Four reasons to say eishet chayil on Friday night. It started with the Arizal.
- Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik-Limits of Inquiry
There are limits to inquiry and a certain website has crossed the line – don’t associate with them!
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Halacha in the Age of Social Media
Technology has raised quantitatively and qualitatively different lashon hara questions. Is it prohibited to provide someone else’s data if it will only be seen by a computer?
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Parshas Chayei Sara al pi Meshech Chochma: the integration of Parshanut and Halacha
Mislabeled – discusses kashrut rules (chanan, lach b’lach…)
- Rabbi Ari Kahn-Avraham’s Coin
Avraham and Sarah were replaced by Yitzchak and Rivka.
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-No Canaanites Allowed: Was Avraham Racist? Part 1
Racism is bad, everyone is created in God’s image.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Eruvin 370-3
Rules for eruv when each living unit has an entrance to a main area but the walls are out of the ordinary
- Rabbi Saul Zucker, Dr. David Pelcovitz, Rabbi Daniel Price – Screenagers
Parents need to engage their children. Screen time is a problem for kids and adults.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-“בענין “בשערט
Can prayer change who your “bashert” is [will be]? (Can you have more than one bashert?) Is it a good idea to pray for such? What’s the deal with the gemara saying there’s a zivug rishon (first match) or zivug sheini? How do we reconcile the various gemaras on the topic?
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Hafsaka Between Brachos in Havdalah
What is the relationship between the different brachot of havdalah? If a middle bracha is “faulty”, is it a forbidden interruption? Can a bracha cover an object not yet in evidence?
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-תורת הרב עמיטל – מוסר האדם
“Natural law/morality” as a building block in our ethical structure. There’s a connection between our avodat hashem and this inner voice. Next time – what if our inner voice differs from halacha?
- Rabbi Todd Berman-Yom Iyun: History of Modern Orthodoxy- Rav Berman
R’Hirsch, R’Kook and R’Soloveitchik as pillars of Modern Orthodox thought.
- Rabbi Yehuda Susman-Yom Iyun: Implications and Take-aways for Modern Orthodoxy: The Yeshiva’s View- Rav Susman
The gap year student must realize you have to be orthodox before you can be modern orthodox!
- Rabbi Robby Charnoff-Balancing Ultimate Truth and Multiple Opinions in Torah
There is an ultimate truth, eilu v’eilu means each of us may see part of a larger truth but when it comes to psak there’s one result (and we follow Beit Hillel vs. Beit Shammai-why?)
- Rabbi Dani Schreiber-Discussing Judaism’s Biggest Questions: Artificial Intelligence in Halacha – Part 4 – The New Who is a Jew? Robots in a minyan
Looking at how to define human – how does a golem fit in?
- Rabbi Meir Eliyahu-הרב מאיר אליהו | קשה לו בשמירת הברית, קשיי פרנסה, בעיות בשלום בית.. למרות שלומד תורה, ההייתכן?
Why don’t we see rewards for torah learning in this world? May be we’re not learning torah in the right way?
- Rabbi Michoel Zylberman-Chayei Sarah: Forgoing a Hesped
Do we acquiesce to the wishes of the niftar not to be maspid them? What if they are a gadol? Why might one make such a request and what greater good might be served by ignoring the wishes
- Rabbi Yechezkel Hartman -The Halachos of Kaddish Yasom (Mourner’s Kaddish)
Basics of kaddish yatom (“mourners kaddish”) – why said, by whom, who gets precedence etc…
- Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman-Chanukah – Torah U’Madda as Hiddur Mitzvah
The difference of opinion concerning how we denote hiddur mitzvah in our lighting of the Chanukah candles may be related to how we relate to torah u’madda.
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