Audio Roundup 2020:2

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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)

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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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