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?
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Lighting on Erev Shabbos and Motzaei Shabbos Chanuka
Discussion of the interaction of Shabbat and Chanukah candle lighting. Why do we have the practice of davening mincha on Friday before lighting the menorah? Why can we light the menorah before shkia on Friday? Havdalah or menorah lit first? Proper timing of motzai Shabbat lighting for those who hold Rabbeinu Tam time the rest of the year? What to do if you don’t have three sifrei torah on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Chanukah – Excitement and Enthusiasm in Avodas Hashem
I hope the talmidim absorbed the emotional component concerning enthusiasm in mitzvot. (Me – R’YBS lamented his inability to transmit this piece to his talmidim)
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Inviting Non-Jews for Shabbos and Yom Tov Meals
While the S”A seems stringent regarding cooking for non-bnai brit on yom tov, R’Levin mentions a number of leniencies.
- Rabbi Yonason Sacks-The Essence of Tefilas Maariv and Galus
Maariv as reshut (relatively voluntary requirement) and representative of the long night of galut but remember our destiny is redemption.
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Eating Before Lighting Chanukah Candles
If you’re not at home when it’s time to light the menorah, set an alarm or leave yourself a note; then you can eat
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-The Thought of Rav Soloveitchik on Vayeshev
You really should buy the R’YBS based commentary on chumash, especially Breishit. There’s so much brilliance that even a presenter like R’Kaminetsky can’t do it justice. While there’s a lot to cover, Joseph and the brothers as maaseh avot siman l’banim (foreshadowing today’s events), is worth the price of admission by itself.
- Mr. Aaron Friedman-Aaron Friedman An Orthodox Response to Biblical Critiscism to the Vayomer Vayomer Repitition in Vayeishev 12-19-19
Jewish and non-Jewish responses to the Torah’s use of a double vayomer.
- Rabbi Aharon Kahn-Geirus B’Kutim
Historically the Kutim fell into various categories (forced converts, real conversion). This history informs on the general conversion issue of kabalat ol (accepting mitzvot).
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Amira LeAkum, Grama, Chinuch, and Hachazara on Shabbos
Discussion opens with how to understand rabbinic enactments and then moves on to heter mechira and amira l’akum. A number of important implications for Shabbat time clock usage and other passively triggered Shabbat activities are discussed.
Then on to: (1) some of the issues with Shabbat mail/package delivery (amira l’amira as a possible broad heter) (2) chinuch – is the obligation on the parent or the child? Does it include both positive and negative mitzvot (at least on a torah basis)?
- Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe-Dreams in Halacha and Haskafa
“Dream, Dream, Dream” (HT-Everly Brothers) all the usual seemingly contradictory Talmudic approaches to dreams.
- Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman, Rabbi Yaakov Frommer, Rabbi Shlomo Dickman, Rabbi Yosef Kushner, Rabbi Michoel Frank,-12/21/19 – Show 251 – Amira L’Akum
Amira (l’akum) is a very complex issue in the Jewish owned business world: Issues include Jewish workers, customers, kashrut, Shabbat…. Current state of workarounds discussed.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-The NEW Daf Yomi Cycle: Should I Be Joining? How to Make the Best of it
Why daf yomi is important and how to make the most of it (including memory tips).
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Parshat Noach and Science
Ramban, Maharal, R’Kook and R’YBS on torah and science. You can “reconcile” seeming contradictions by either questioning science and/or torah or assuming non-overlapping magesteria (HT-S. Gould)
- Rav Binyamin Tabory – Understanding Minhagim #7 Chanuka
Lighting menorot in the public square with a bracha is a halachically questionable practice. There are a number of different reasons given why we light in shul which may impact this issue. R’YBS felt you needed a formal tzibbur to light in shul.
Does pirsumei nisa (publicizing a miracle) always require an oral declaration?
- Rabbi Daniel Fridman-Parshat YaYeshev-Chanukah: Balancing Hishtadlut and Bittachon
Of course hishtadlut (human agency) is important, but we need to realize that even as we make our efforts, it’s all up to HKB”H.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-חנוכה לפני החשמונאים
Chanukah may have antecedents in Adam’s celebrating the return of longer daylight hours as well as in Sukkot and Chaggai’s prophecy. It’s certainly about HKB”H being with OC even in seemingly darker times.
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-R’ Chanina on Hashgacha
There are five statements of R’Chanina in the Talmud concerning bechira chofshit (free will) vs. hashgacha pratit (HKB”H determines all actions) which many struggle to reconcile. Perhaps they are all true and we have to live with contradiction (me-R’YBS-quantum physics indeterminacy analogy)
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 09: The Ambiguity of Text
Text is (infinitely?) interpretable therefore, poskim must use precedent and minhag to bound the acceptable range.
- Rabbi Baruch Simon-Halachic Status of bones
Are bones (or shells) considered as if they don’t exist or as heter (permitted substance) for purpose of kashrut neutralization (bitul)?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Bizuy Mitzvah and Kavod of the Metzaveh
How to (and not to) show respect for mitzvot as a reflection of respect for the commander.
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-The Essence of Hadlakas Neros Chanukah: An Insight from Rav Soloveitchik, zt’l
R’YBS on the possibility of two elements of Chanukah candle lighting. There’s the mitzvah act of lighting and then the candle remaining lit (as a type of hallel). This may be related to whether a candle that goes out early must be relit.
- Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Practical Ishus for Rabbis 6
Ketubah details including: use of last names; spelling of locations; textual deviations; dating; $ and specific war stories
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Practical Ishus Review 5780
Review of R’Willig’s practical ishut shiurim for RIETS seminarians. Interesting how the reviewer clarifies where R’Willig has strong (and sometimes unique) positions.
- Rabbi Ashie Schreier-Beyond The Text: Understanding Ratzon Hashem
Four ways to channel the ratzon hashem (me – all derivative of the same internalization process.)
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Chanukah: Moving On After Life’s Most Devastating Moments
Chanukah is all about rebuilding and renewing.
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Divine Providence and Pirsum Ha’Neis: The Mitzvah of Ahavas Hashem
Thoughts on the nature of Chanukah candles. The Talmud contemplates a tradeoff between Shabbat kiddush (which is duraita) and Chanukah candles. Perhaps pirsumei nisa represents the duraita sense of divine presence.
Chanukah has elements of zichron and pirsum which represent kiddush hashem and ahavat hashem.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Re-Gifting Non-Kosher Wine
Stam yeinam was assur b’hana(prohibited to benefit from) per the S”A but the Rama was lenient in certain circumstances. Best to avoid regifting of problematic wines.
- Rabbi Elli Fischer-Nittel Nacht: The Pre-Hasidic History
Sources and timing for not learning on nittel nacht. The Chatam Sofer later reinterpreted the custom, R’Feckles undid it.
- Rabbi Avishai David-A Proper Torah Hashkafa on the Story of Yehuda and Tamar
HKB”H is always “directing traffic” even when it’s not obvious to the participants.
- Rabbi Shaya Katz-Early American Teshuvot: Turning a Church into a Shul
It’s probably best not to convert a church into a shul but in extenuating circumstances, it’s ok.
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