Audio Roundup 2019:51

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by Joel Rich

I heard a shiur that in some ways was one of the saddest I’ve heard and it applies to all streams of orthodoxy. Those who are able to retire who become a burden on their spouses are a reflection of our failure to properly prepare them by having them live a life connected to real limud Torah. Between learning Torah and doing acts of chesed , there still won’t be enough hours in the day in retirement.
Dare I say that perhaps the message should be that working hard during one’s active working lifetime is important but at the same time one needs to determine how much is enough throughout that time. So that they don’t lose the connection to limud Torah.
There’s a lot more to say about this and I know it’s complex.

Your thoughts?

From a blog on relations with non-orthodox:

We should instead become more involved with them while accepting them as they are. While the ultimate goal is to bring them closer to God, it should be done by example.

My response:

Perhaps we should stop looking at them as our “cheftza shel mitzvah” (object through which we carry out a mitzvah) and view them as Jewish human beings with a tzelem elokim who we interact with in a manner consistent with the will of HKB”H. If the result is we are mekarev them (as imho it would be if we act this way), great BUT that is not our ultimate goal (much as we don’t do mitzvot for reward, it’s an ancillary benefit)

Your thoughts?

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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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