Audio Roundup 2020:3

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by Joel Rich

BTW another Torah U’mada moment – some current research on memory indicates most of it is reconstruction and thus we don’t remember “unimportant” details (whose definition will vary based on each individual). Thus IMHO needing women’s testimony by women’s clothing may be based not on men not knowing differences but perhaps not retaining them.


The Mishna Brurah 527:5:12 discusses which foods may be used for an eruv tavshilin. “Daysa” is excluded because it’s generally eaten separately as a bread substitute rather than as part of a bread meal. He then goes on to say that even in communities where they do eat it as part of a bread meal, it can’t be used for eruv tavshilin since “batla datam”
The whole question of in which halachic categories do we ignore an individual’s proclivities (e.g. batla dat0) and when not (e.g. istinis-finicky one) has always fascinated me. Doing this on a communal basis is even more challenging to me in terms of defining an underlying theory. Any ideas?


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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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