by Joel Rich
From a post:
On the one hand, a frustrating element of arbitrariness surrounds umbrella use on Shabbos. Why do we act strictly on this issue, which is hotly debated among authorities, while acting leniently on other disputed issues? God’s will, as defined by halakhah, should not be subject to historical accident. On the other hand, like an individual, a community is defined in part by its past. We cannot change how we got to where we are, our communal evolution through history. As halakhah evolves–within boundaries, of course–we cannot turn back the clock without destabilizing the system.
Me: “God’s will, as defined by halakhah, should not be subject to historical accident.” I tend to agree, yet we see it not infrequently (e.g. stories told about why no dairy bread allowed even with wrapper, why no duchening in ch”ul) So IMHO either you have to say it is hashgacha pratit or at least that those poskim saw it as such (rather than random fluctuation) thoughts?
From a post:
We must become Haredim ourselves and learn how to “tremble” (חרד) before the words of God inside and outside of the bet midrash. As comfortable as we are within contemporary culture, we must remember not to get too comfortable, for we will always be strangers in a strange land.
You may call yourself Modern Orthodoxy, and you may unapologetically believe in and fight for a Torah UMadda hashkafa, but must that prevent you from also being Haredi?
My response:Actually חרד in Tanach more means to rush quickly -see Shmuel alef 16:4 for example. I agree with your general sense of what MO should be but the labeling being more Haredi, (which as a movement imho encompasses much more than the portion you refer to here) may not be helpful. It reminds me of those who won’t refer to tikkun olam or Tanach study because other streams of Judaism like those ideals.
- Rabbis Aaron Lopiansky & Elya Brudny Thursday night at the 2019 Agudah Convention
Definitely worth a listen. The Q&A of the Roshei Yeshiva include:
Premarital mussar (including future M-I-L requiring pictures with shidduch resumes!- Not a good thing, symptomatic of a bigger societal issue)
Therapy (too many people go for it? Go to a Rav!?)
Segulot (over rated? Too easy?)
We need to learn more to prevent chillul shabbos in Paris.
There’s chaos in Eretz Yisrael because of the non-frum
Parents should support schools’ standards or not send there
Why aren’t batei medrash full??
Antisemitism on the rise? – it’s the fault of those Jewish candidates running for the nomination in the US
Best moment (for me) statement made along the lines of, “bnai torah treat their wives with greater respect, on average, than others. I’m waiting to be disapproved”. Me-Why not commission an objective study and then trumpet the results?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Melave Malka in Halacha and Hashkafa
Everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t if ignorance is bliss) about melaveh malkah. Do we do it for kavod Shabbat, feeding the luz bone or for the loss of the neshama yeteirah. Should it be done as close to havdalah as possible? How late can it be done? What should one eat? (is there “an inyan” to have leftovers?) How should one dress? Should one light candles? Is it incumbent on women?
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-The Thought of Rav Soloveitchik on VaYeitzei
Judaism can work anywhere in the world (me-I’m not sure R’YBS meant this as a matir for imitating Babylonian second temple Jewry’s return to Zion). Both wealth and poverty can be a challenge. Lessons of hamakom – taking on one’s father’s makom (practices) after his death (hamakom yinachem), making prayer a “set” place and HKBH is there even when distant one should be tocho c’boro (inside=outside; his upper worlds=lower) The avot had a kinyan (ownership) in HKBH. Israel has an intense internal holiness (me-and we are/should be homing pigeons to it). Antisemitism is irrational. The essence of parenting is teaching. HKBH preferred Rachel’s private sacrifice (yesh schar l’pulotayich) to all others.
- Rabbi Andi Yudin-Ben Torah : 100%
Shleimut implies excelling in all areas. Yeshivat Torat Shraga focuses on turning its talmidim into the best bnai torah (all around) they can be (being a ben torah is a full time commitment)
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 20 (תורה ופרנסה, בהמתם של צדיקים, שרטוט)
Part of the regular Gruss shiur. Interesting lomdus on the relative priorities of learning torah vs. supporting a family (Israel vs. Bavel, Eilu v’eilu as found by pilegesh bgivah, HKBH allowing the righteous to sin (inadvertently? eating only?) and sirtut (lines) by stam (scribal arts).
- Rabbi Dr Aaron Glatt-Beginning of Life Issues – Genetic Testing & Fertility in Halacha
First in a series – introduction to genetic testing and fertility treatments in halacha.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Take That Walk with Your Wife: Balancing Between Family and Limud HaTorah
More on working men (me-women too!) balancing learning, spouse, home and children. Interesting that graduate school (vs. actuarial exams) is not discussed.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Panim Chadashos
Who counts as panim chadashot (new face) for purposes of enabling sheva brachot(joy)? Is the status related to the bracha or creating more simcha.
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-The Nature of Jewish Names
There have been, and continue to be, a number of naming conventions for children. Some of them are described. Is our naming prophetic or a push in the right direction (√)? Is there a benefit to the individual being named after? (yes)
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 06: Can We Derive New Halachot from Pesukim?
Can drashot from the Torah be made after the closing of the Talmud (if they don’t contradict those made in the Torah)? Some do, some don’t, but everyone agrees meta lessons can be drawn.
- Rabbi Chaim Basch-Parshas Chayei Sara
Lessons from Sarah – life is good even when it seems not. RYBS on Sarah’s one hundred and twenty and seven (consistent traits at all these ages.)
- Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer-A Revolutionary Take on Yom Tov Sheni, A Teshuvah from the Cairo Genizah
Was Yom Tov sheini really because of the sfeika dyoma(calendar doubt) or was it zecher l’mikdash(Temple memorial).
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-R.C.A.
History of the RCA – what was the need? Who were the members? How did the halacha commission evolve? Who were the key players? What were the key issues?
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Halachic Prenuptial Agreements
A beit din can force a divorce but only in rare circumstances. Today we can’t “force” a divorce but there are situations where indirect coersion can be used (see harchakot of Rabbeinu Tam). There’s debate as to where the border is between indirect and direct coersion. History of pre-nups also discussed.
Of course there’s a Talmudic concept of forcing an individual to do a mitzvah but nowadays we don’t do that (for a number of good reasons).
- Yehoshua Katz-Twenty Minute Lomdus- Vayeitzei- Understanding the Reshut of Ma’ariv
Everything you wanted to know about maariv times (earliest, intest, preferred, how to practically define them)
- Rabbi Avi Billet-How to Do a Shiva Visit
Apparently common sense is not so common!
- Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe-A Rational Approach to Torah MiSinai
A brief summary of the Kuzari’s proof of HKBH’s existence.
- Rabbi Sammy Bergman-Should my Self-Driving car always save myself?
Review of the basics of whose life takes precedence in situation where there is a no win situation.
- Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Practical Ishus for Rabbis 3
What should each side reveal prior to marriage (and what’s the impact of non-disclosure)? How is pru u’rvu defined? Can you postpone pru u’rvu’s fulfillment? Stop at any point?
- Rav Binyamin Tabory -Understanding Minhagim #4- Tachanun
While most view tachanun as a reshut (optional?), R’YBS took it much more seriously. How strong is the connection to the amidah? There are different practices concerning which arm to fall on and whether dusk/night is an appropriate time to say it.
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-Yarmulka in the Workplace
Introduction to male headcovering – why is it needed and does size matter?
- Rabbi Ari Wasserman-Parshas Vayeitzei – Zeman Maariv – how early can we daven Maariv? how late?
It may be that if we look at the possible sources for tfilat maariv (Yaakov [=complete reshut] or karbanot [=relative reshut]), we can get a better idea as to what the Talmud meant by tfilat maariv reshut (voluntary) and what the requirement is today. Perhaps the message is prayer should be both a mitzvah (command) and nedava (voluntary offering).
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-שפת אמת על פרשת ויצא: שכינה אף במקום רחוק/ יראת שמים ובית המקדש/ חיבוב אבני ארץ ישראל
Lessons from the parsha from Yaakov’s dreams, the relationship of the beit mikdash and yiraah, and the stones of eretz yisrael.
- Rav Asher Weiss-Mitzvah of Tefillah
Certain mitzvot are generally part of seder hayom (daily service), most (others) are result oriented. Tfila is seder hayom and thus the Rambam’s position that there is a torah requirement to pray can be understood in this manner. Also discussed, does one have to start or finish before the zman?
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-The First Beracha of the Amida (2)
Continuation of tfila/amidah analysis including some intertextuality analysis. In addition, we recognize Avraham’s leap of faith, even though he didn’t see immediate results, as reflective of the nature of prayer.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-ארבע חילוקים בין תרבות יון לאמונת ישראל
Science et al is an important component of our lives but at our core is a theocentric approach to life.
- Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Practical Ishus for Rabbis 4
History of the RCA prenup.
- Rav Dovid Gottlieb -Positive Mitzvot of Shabbat 04: Bathing, Personal Grooming and Nice Clothing for Shabbat
Pre-Shabbat rules on preparing for Shabbat by having a clean body and clean/special clothes-how do these rules change, if at all, reflect changing societal paradigms?
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