by Joel Rich
On giving rebuke as codified in S”A vs mimetics:
ein hachi nami-and there are driviers manuals as well -would u rather drive with someone whose parent had trained him to drive as a youngster on the farm but never read a manual or a genius who memorized the manual but had never sat behind the wheel?
IOn a post concerning MO and college(anti):
of course this line of reasoning applies to anyone who interacts with the outside world. (BTW do you really know what the parents want?)[me-RWMO ben Torah?] Thought experiment: If all of orthodoxy adopted the Israeli Chareidi model overnight, what would the results look like in 50 years vs. today . What alternative models might be adopted and what might they look like?? Is aliyah a possibility?
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Medical Ethics: Communal Spending for Medical Needs
Four halachic based theories of resource allocation concerning community health care.
I have a long set of references on this topic but eventually realized that it was so broad it would take a semester of adult education to cover it. I think Rabbi Torcyner also realized this when he presented this material I also think it’s important to differentiate between a totally halachic Jewish state and Jewish communities in the diaspora facing such questions but that’s way more that I can discuss here.
My general conclusion was somewhat similar to one of the approaches presented but I think in a way broader. My bottom line was that in a halachic state the king has very broad responsibilities and authorities to set law in running the normal state functions. While we might draw parallels to micro-halachic positions in order to get a general sense of the will of God, it really falls to the king to figure out the proper allocation of resources within the state. Of course if we take Rav Kook’s approach, when there is no king these rights and responsibilities devolve to the community in general and may be allocated by elections or whatever methodology the community chooses.
I would draw a parallel to the setting up of committees to build a synagogue, mikveh, tzedaka etc. which are micro-halachic requirements but we were never told exactly how this communal responsibility is to be carried out.
BTW-think about pre-diaspora!
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Self Driving Cars
Introduction to trolleology and halachic preferences. Is society’s view different than the sum total of the individuals that make it up?
A few comments on this shiur.
It’s worth noting that to the extent artificial intelligence uses machine learning based on actual data, it will have the same biases as the data. In this case if it is following what human drivers do in these cases, it will end up with the same biases. It will be interesting to see how human programmers interact as this is one of the big issues in artificial intelligence today,The machine cannot explain to you why It did what it did.
All of the trolley studies are based on asking people what they would do. There is a rather significant school of thought that says while that’s of interest, when one is placed in the situation they do not cognitively analyze but rather react by gut and then try to reconstruct the cognitive explanation after the fact. If this is correct then will have to decide whether we trust our cognition or our gut in the real world
Finally I was a little surprised that there is generally little discussion of the mishnayot in sota prioritization. I know modern postKim seem to disregard it but honestly I can’t tell exactly why. The statement that we can’t do that these days somehow does not completely describe the theory of the case.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 25 (בדין סוריא)
Part of the ongoing Gruss Talmud Shiur. Who says there can’t be an argument in mtziut? Topic one is the status of boats (wood or clay) with and without holes.
Then begins a discussion of the status of Syria in halacha. It doesn’t “bother” R’Bednarsh that the gemara looks at 6 wedge cases but leaves out the seventh. The attempts to understand why chazal differentiated in three cases but not in the other three are fascinating (though ultimately IMHO very forced). Listen for some interesting discussion as to the water boundaries of Israel (and a peanut gallery suggestion for using tangent lines!)
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-The Torah’s View: Success and Competition in a World of Dishonesty
Gneivat daat, gezel hagoy – all forbidden! Even technically allowed items (taut) should be avoided. When we don’t, we experience grave problems.
- Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Practical Ishus For Rabbis 5
Wedding ceremony basics for rabbinical students including: Rings; Using microphones; witnesses; Blessings; Timing… One should be concerned about others’ time (as in taking pictures after the chupah)! [me-amen]
- Rabbi Dani Schreiber-Discussing Judaism’s Biggest Questions: Who’s Your Daddy? – Fertility Technology in Halacha
Basics of AIH, AID and IVF – does one fulfill pru-u’rvu, who (if anyone) is the halachic mother/father?….
- Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg-Halacha Topics – הלכות חנוכה
Chanukah menorah rules for dormitory residents – where, when, who and how!
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Modern Orthodoxy
Mid 20th Century RCA personalities – where did they stand on the ger v’toshav (RW vs. LW?) spectrum?
R’Hollander, R’ Rackman and R’YBS considered.
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 08: The Role of Kabbalah in Halachic Decision Making
How do we take Kabbalah into account for halachic purposes? Do we view it as tannaitic? Do we view the Arizal as a poseik? Opinions range from polite dismissal to significant deference (and everything in-between).
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Cutting the “Siyum Hashas Cake” on Shabbos
Even though cutting letters (pictures?) on a cake on Shabbat is pretty far removed from the torah prohibition of mechikah (erasing), we still prohibit it (me-and brand name/design on crackers?)
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Cutting the “Siyum Hashas Cake” on Shabbos
The names Yaakov and Yisrael reflect that our destiny will sometimes be dependent and other times independent. We will give up our money under pressure but not our vision/values.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-HaKel HaKadosh
Atah kadosh is about manifesting HKBH’s presence in this world – there is no king without a nation.
- Dr. David Pelcovitz-Lessons Learned: The Power of Listening and Respect
Memorial for Rabbi Dr. C. Feuerman. R’Pelcowitz learned from him: (1) believe in yourself (2) be open to other perspectives (3) have an “ayin tov” (4) make connections
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Eid Echad – Supervision for Kashrus
Is eid echad neeman bissurin (single witnesses credibility) sourced in logic (Rashi) or a pasuk (tosfot)? What didn’t Rashi like about tosfot’s approach. If it’s that there’s no other way to know in that case, what are the applications for similar cases? Is eid echad a rule in eidut or in some other kind of credibility?
R’Stein is very clear that you can’t extrapolate personal trustworthiness to a business owner (e.g. catering from home, Chabad shaliach)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – The Obligation To Drive a Car Safely
R’OY is very makpid concerning driving and car maintenance due to issues of danger (sakannah).
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Ta’amei HaMitzvos: The Rav and Rav Hirsch 2
More on constructing Jewish philosophy from purely Jewish (read rabbinic) sources. For the greats the expression came out in all their presentations (eg drashot, shiurim, eulogies…) This should be the primary prisim through which we see the world.(me-nuance-why isn’t any “outside exposure” a psul)
- Mrs. Bracha Rutner-Why is Childbirth Connected to Sin? Revisiting the Mitzvot of Niddah, Challah, and Hadlakat Nerot
Challah, nida and candles have both family and ritual elements; they represent eternal values transmission.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-אמונה (1
Introduction to cosmological, teological and ontological “proofs” of God’s existence. Do we have an obligation to prove it or should we follow the Kuzari’s experiential approach?
- Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-The Historic and Halachic Evolution of Chanukah as a Festival
Antiochus was the first coercive Hellenist. The original celebration of Chanukah was either temple or sukkot related. The focus on the oil only came later when the Hashmonean kings went OTD.
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon-Hashkafa and Halacha for Parshas VaYeishev: Are birthday celebrations for Pharohs or for all of us?
Why “celebrating” a birthday may or may not be halachically and/or hashkafically a good thing.
- Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein-How Wide can we Stretch Jewish Law for the Sake of Outreach?
Chazal recognized that sometimes you need to bend a bit for a greater good. Some examples provided here.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Do Poskim Rule on Facts?
Can psak be separated into a philosophical portion (clearing rabbinic province) and factual application (not so clearly)? Can there be differences of opinion on facts?
- Rav Dovid Gottlieb-“Ha-Omer Davar B’Shem Omro” – Bringing the Geulah 1 Quote at a Time,
Why is it important to attribute quotes in general and why specifically is it a kinyan in torah and geulah? (me – because it shows humility)
- Rav Binyamin Tabory -Understanding Minhagim #6- Tefillin Part 2
What is the proper age for a bar mitzvah boy to start putting on tfillin? Should he say shechiyanu? At what point in the davening should they be taken off? What about Rosh Chodesh?
- Rabbi Baruch Simon-Rabbi Voorhand Shiur- The role of the beit knesset in hilchot eiruvin and hilchot chanukah
Putting the eruv chatzeirot in the shul and lighting the Chanukah candles in the shul are halachically counter intuitive. Here’s why it’s done.
- Rabbi Avishai David-Parshas Vayeishev 5780
What did Yosef do wrong in asking the butler to remember him? Yosef had the mida of a “’bal bitachon” (true believer?) and thus didn’t need this assistance because a good mida becomes like an oath or because the butler wasn’t the kind of person to rely on (quid pro quo issue?)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-The Menorah in Halacha and Hashkafa
Are wax candles appropriate for Chanukkah? Do you need a menorah or will a safe windowsill do?
The progression of tamei, rehaim…is from non bnai brit, to other bnai brit to ourselves.
- Rabbi Yonason Sacks-Neiros Shabbos and Neiros Chanukah
Shabbat candles are both kavod (preparing for Shabbat) and oneg (enjoying Shabbat). Erev Shabbat channuka seems a problem – how can you light channukah candles before their zman? The zman is extended in this case.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Greek Wisdom and Torah U’Madda
Chachma yevanit did not mean Greek wisdom in the famous gemara but that’s what meaning it took on in 19th/20th century. So how do we defend TUM? There’s value (TBD) in “secular” studies. [me – it’s all emanation of the divine will]
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbi’s Desk – Destroying Banana Art
The banana on the wall as art (and its eating as performance art) What does the unauthorized eater owe? Once you understand garmi, grama nezek, gneiva… it’s a piece of cake (banana cake?) Is art a concept or an act?
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