by Joel Rich
My comment on a hilchot hochacha (laws of giving rebuke) shiur:
imho an example of trying to codify something that is primarily mimetic. 100 shiurim can’t take the place of role models who demonstrate how to know when it will be accepted and how time and place define when to dig in your heels on what issues. Also how you evaluate the impact on the individual vs. the community. Thoughts?
On R’ Gil Perl’s hedgehog piece:
I would agree that if MO’s goal is to maximize the number of adherents, a simple, clear, black-and-white market value proposition (your hedgehog) is probably the best marketing strategy. The challenge to me, as I once responded to one of my boys’ rabbeim’s question as to why I just didn’t put on a black hat ,is that I just don’t think it’s what HKBH wants of me. So perhaps living with nuance means MO will be smaller as each of us tries to understand the ratzon hashem for ourselves (Each allocating our limited resources to unlimited mitzvah demands) The real question to me is can we develop a large enough community of believers or will we end up predominately MO-lite. (See Conservative Jewry mid to late 29th century)
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Ta’amei HaMitzvos: The Rav and Rav Hirsch
R’Hirsch and R’YBS used different terms to say the same thing – all Jewish philosophy must be objectively extrapolated from halachic and aggadic sources [me-any n data points can be joined by an infinite # of functions]
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-The Friday Night Tefilla
Friday night lights: Why do we (or don’t we) say vshamru/vayichulu and magen avot? (Depending on the reasons, there may be different applications.) Are there issues of non-permitted interruptions? Don’t daven bameh madlikin, it’s learning!
- Mrs Atara Eis-Yom Iyun: Role of Women in Judaism: What Does a Yoetezet Halacha Do?- Yoetzet Halacha Atara Eis
History of Yoetzet program case studies and differences in application between aretz and ch”ul (me-will MO Rabbis lose their ability to give psak in these areas due to lack of practice? BTW this is a general issue IMHO in AI)
- Guest Hosted by Ari Wasserman,Rabbi Moshe Hauer,Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald,with Mrs. Sara Yoheved Rigler,Mrs. Lisa Twerski,Rabbi Dr. Benzion Sorotzkin,Rabbi Dr. Jack Cohen,Rabbi Yissocher Frand-12/14/19 – Show 250 – “Quick Divorces” after marriage. Why are they happening? Can they be avoided?
Why are “quick divorces” happening? What’s a good reason to get divorced quickly? Is “incompatibility” enough? What needs to be disclosed while dating? Addictions, mental disorders, abuse? How should references respond to Shidduch inquiries?
Anecdotally (surprise) there’s more early divorce today than ever before. Possible causes-short dating and marriage cycle (me-outside societal trends? Couldn’t possible be!)
What should be disclosed pre marriage and when should it be disclosed?
What can be done? Listen to this broadcast or go here (lyrics-no kol isha) https://genius.com/Janis-ian-janeys-blues-lyrics to learn from your elders (Janis Ian – “Janey’s Blues”)
- Rabbi Mordechai Becher – Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander – Rabbi Shraga Freedman -Rabbi Shlomie Ehrlich-12/7/19 – Show 249 – How do you define Kiddush Hashem?
Is a Frum boy winning at Jeporady a Kiddush Hashem? Israel sending aid to Haiti? Rallies for Rubashkin? An astronaut making Kiddush in outer space? Is Jewish success and or nationalism a Kiddush Hashem? Is learning in Kollel? And many more examples
Kiddush hashem is a good thing, defining it isn’t always clear cut. (e.g. publicizing an individual’s bad deed so others don’t suffer)
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-The Different Types of Tashlumei Mammon
Introduction to technical tashlumei mamon (monetary obligations) definitions focusing on milveh hactuva bkra (e.g. pidyon habein) and those not (voluntary obligations) and their various subcategories (e.g. mamon, knas, kapparah)
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Being Honorable Not Just Observant
Yaakov’s secret to success with Lavan was his ability to maintain his geirus (not assimilating foreign values) on both a practical and philosophical level.
Sometimes we can learn important lessons from evil doers (e.g. how diligent a robber is at his craft)
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Overview of the insights of the Rav zatza”l on the laws of הכשר כלים
Technical discussion of R’Chaim’s insight into mrikah and shtifa on klei cheres by chatat.
- Rabbi Ari Wasserman-Parshas Vayislach – “Mayim Megulim” – drinking water/liquids which were left uncovered
The Talmud lists drinking uncovered water as a rabbinic prohibition due to danger. Does this prohibition change due to changing circumstances? How do takanot change in general, if at all? Does this takana apply to kiddush and havdalah wine ntilat yadaim water?
- Rav Jonathan Ziring-The Process of Pesak Halacha 07: The Role of Aggada in Halachic Decision Making
Do we use aggadic sources to set halacha? The Yerushalmi says no but the Bavli doesn’t comment. Some poskim follow the Yerushalmi, others do use aggadah if it doesn’t contradict halachic gemara or if it helps determine original context or it’s integrated into halachic gemaras.
- Mordechai Djavaheri-Giving a Child Two Names
R’Moshe says the reason two names began being given was due to the crusades yielding more deaths to be memoralized. Giving two names but only using one it can cause issues with contracts. Does it actually work to memorialize two separate people or is it a different name?
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-Yarmulka in the Workplace (Part 2)
Part II. R’Moshe on not wearing a yarmulke at work (it’s not chukat hagoyim today) and not wearing one at an interview (gneivat daat?). Can you make a bracha or eat without one? Take it off in court? Does a toupee count?
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Express Shipping: Sending and Receiving Packages Over Shabbos
Were chazal concerned about amira l’akum due to concerns for your coming to do action yourself (or shlichut l’chumrah [agency]) or due to dabar davar (prohibited Shabbat discussions) or both (me-wow! There goes the classic brisker lomdus)
The overnight delivery on Shabbat issue may turn on whether you require Shabbat delivery, if there’s an eruv, if the delivery is just for you and other related issues.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Business Meetings in Non-Kosher Restaurants
Maarit ayin (how it looks to the eye) is an issue either because of people thinking you’re a sinner or thinking what you’re doing must be okay. Why is it prohibited even in private? Perhaps it’s the nature of the promulgation or a reflection that you never know if someone is watching: The Pri Chadash says we don’t extend it to new cases
The positions of R’Moshe and R’Asher Weiss explicated .
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Are There Really 613 Mitzvos?
A little about the whole 613 mitzvot count – how does one actually count them? Mostly about picking one to focus on and realizing they’re all about leading to a connection with HKB”H.
- Q+A with Rosh Yeshiva Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein,
Q&A including: Going to learn about non-ben brit sites for tourism purposes; Going up to har habayit (halachic and hashkafic issues); Following prior poskim or experts on factual issues; How to relate to sinning Rabbis and how much do local historical circumstances impact halacha? It’s all nuanced.
- Rabbi Reuven Brand-Yavneh
It’s all about rebuilding (as in yibaneh) after destruction.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Ashkenazi and Sefardi: From Geography to Edah
Minhag in Talmudic times was clearly (and only) geographically based. Physical and technical upheavals which occurred circa 1492 (Think S”A, Rama, Maharshal) led to a reopening of the question. The responses were to stand pat or expand “community” to a pan-national basis or go back to text explication.
We saw the same thing with the shivat tzion, with the added philosophical debate – are multiple minhagim lechatchila or bdieved? R’JZ thinks in 50 years Israel practice will homogenize.
- Rabbi Aryeh Klapper-The Impeachment of Rabban Gamliel: Re-reading and Aggadah- Rabbi Klapper
Lesson of 3 R’Gamliel/R’Yehoshua aggadot. Class barriers are a mistake, the leader/servant model is best (me-popular concept in corporate America) and R’Gamliel could learn from his mistakes.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Is a Child Obligated to Visit a Cemetery on the Yartzeit of a Parent?
Rambam (and Soloveitchik family [me-but not R’YBS after b’didhu hava avdah!]) didn’t go to relatives’ graves. Visiting on the Yahrtzeit is a nice minhag (from gaonic times?) but don’t go crazy over it.
- Rav Binyamin Tabory -Understanding Minhagim #5,- Tefillin
Gra only put on Rashi tfillin. What are the natures of the two brachot on tfillin and what’s the deal with saying baruch sheim afterwards? What are the issues with regard to wearing tfillin on chol hamoed?
- Dr. Rivka Schwartz ,Rabbi Noam Weinberg ,Josh Rosenfeld-Imposter Syndrome: Helping Others While Working On Ourselves
Interesting Q&A session for advisors on the imposter syndrome and how to (or should you) convince others if you’re not sure or don’t do something yourself. Fake it till you make it!?
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Life After Death, Week 6: Awareness in the Afterlife; Resurrection of the Dead
Talmudic sources concerning whether the dead know what’s going on in this world leading into a general discussion of the resurrection of the dead.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-The Nature of Bitul Torah
Talmudic sources on constant vs. consistent nature of the requirement to learn torah. Is anytime not learning torah aspirationally bitul torah? What is included under the rubric of torah? TBC.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levanah
Why is shalom aleichem said at all at kiddush levana? Why three times? Why 3 people? What if you’re alone? Do you need to be answered?
- Rabbi Daniel Hartstein-Reviewing Rubashkin’s Release: Rejoice, Reflect & Respond
Business ethics are very important. The types of celebrations for R’Rubashkin’s release and their focus was a problem.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-The Nature of Keriyat HaTorah
Gemara learning should be part of your avodat hashem. The Rav stood for kriat hatorah as a reenactment of the shmiat dvar Hashem (hearing HKBH’s word).
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Introduction to Rav Soloveitchik’s “Confrontation” Essay
Introduction to R’YBS on “confronting” selves and others and how that leads to his stance or interfaith dialog.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Treating Food With Respect
Reconciling Talmudic sources on our interactions with food – bizayon (lack of respect) vs. b’al taschit (wasting). Practical applications discussed. Which prohibitions can be overcome if one benefits from such an interaction?
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-“You Can Put Me in a Box When I am Dead” – Maintaining a Community of Nuance
We live in an age where we try to put everyone into a box hashkafically. The OU realizes we can have shades of grey. (Me – but can you sell it?)
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