by Joel Rich
Why did chazal consider davening haneitz as preferable? What’s best practice for someone who wakes up two hours before haneitz (when should they daven? what else should they do?)?
Is Daf Yomi the Answer?
“V. Reach Your Potential
The Gemara (Pesachim 50a) says that R. Yehoshua Ben Levi died or came very close to death. When he was revived, he said that he had seen an upside-down world – the lowly in this world were high there, and the high here were low there. Rav Moshe Di Trani, known as the Mabit (Beis Elokim, introduction), interprets this report about Torah scholars. He explains that everyone is born with certain abilities. Someone who is a top scholar in this world may actually be fulfilling only a fraction of his capability while a low student may be surpass-ing his natural abilities. In Heaven, we appear based on our relative accomplishments, how much we achieve compared to our abilities, rather than our external achievements.”
Me-That’s what I worry about personally. I wonder how many folks ask themselves if they’ve even come close to their potential?
In the daf world as a community (of course this would require defining community goals), how do we evaluate the plus for those who would do less versus the minus for those who could do more?
- Rabbi Baruch Simon-Hilchos Tachanun (10): If a Bris is Performed at an Earlier Minyan in Shul, Do You Say Tachanun at a Later Minyan?Does the presence of the nimol (baby w/brit) and/or sandak and/or moel and/or father mean no saying tachanun? For which minyanim (geographical and/or time based)?
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Lo TasurHow does lo tasur (which started out as limited to Sanhedrin’s interpretive function), extend to legislative enactments/decisions? Maybe it’s all about interpreting the ratzon hashem.
- Rabbi Ari Wasserman-Parshas Shmos – Walking in front of, or by, someone davening Shemoneh EsreiIs the reason that you can’t walk in front of someone who is davening because of the possibility of diverting their attention or because of the presence of the shechina? [There are differences in application]. There are a number of leniencies to allow walking in front of someone (primarily it’s about people using their common sense IMHO)
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Sichat Mussar for Shemot: Introduction to Kaballah; Miriam’s Intervention; Miriam’s “Stand”Introduction to mysticism (which ‡ mystical experience) for rationalists. Miriam’s watching/waiting for Moshe in the teiva was a lesson in empathy (even when you can’t help). It was repaid by the Jewish people’s waiting for her seven days in the desert.
- Rav Asher Weiss-Hadlakat Nerot Shabbat before Plag H’minchaBrachot/Kriat Shma comes first in Shas because we have to accept the commander before we accept his commands. Does Kriat Shma function as torah learning or a type of avodah?
Daf Yomi has had many positive direct and indirect impacts.
Something I’ve wondered about – what was the Rambam’s organizing principle in his sefer hamitzvot? (why didn’t he tell us?)
- Rabbi Mark Glass=The Birth of the Talmud: How the Oral Law Became a Text, Part 1Part of a series. The purpose of the Mishna was to formalize and codify – to bring order to halachic practice. Shout out to R’K J Wieder.
- Dr. Norman Blumenthal=Raising Children in an Age of AnxietyKids are more anxious today for good reason (detailed here). Our community institutions are helping them deal with it. One of my top R’YBS insights – fear/awe of HKB”H should crowd out all other fears.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-תורת הרב עמיטל לפרשת שמות: גאולה מחוץ לארץ ישראל, רוכב על החמור , לכולם שמות יקרא ואינדיבידואליות בעבודת ה’R’Amital on: Geulah coming from eretz yisrael and/or from lfnei Hashem; Bringing kedusha to the material world; Balancing individuality with community; Being both ideological and grounded in this world.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-Dancing and Clapping on ShabbosClapping and dancing seemingly should be forbidden on Shabbat according to the S”A but everyone seems to do it anyway. Listen here for the creative limudei zchut (rationalizations?) from the time of the Rama to present day poskim.
Me – The underlying challenge of concepts like when do we say ein gozrin gzeirah l’gzeirah vs. chad gzeirah hi or when can we overturn a gzeirah (technically or practically – e.g. meds on Shabbat) IMHO seem to fall into the category of halachic indeterminacy (which collapses the wave function when the observer [poseik] observer) but not subject ot being described in a clean algorithm.
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Are All Rabbis Created Equal? The Dynamics of Dispute in the Development of HalachahYou have to know where you stand in the hierarchy. (me – and who makes that determination?)
- Ari Wasserman ,Rabbi Zevulun Schwartzman,Yoni Goldberg,“Bracha” ,Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz,Aaron Fishkind ,Yoni Katz ,Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl, Cameron Isen,”Sarah”,Professor Alan Dershowitz-1/18/20 – Show 255 – Is it Mutar to go to Secular College
Coed dorms, bathrooms and classes; frats, drinking, and OTD risk; “orthodox” Jews mixed dancing parties at night and Shacharis the next morning; rampant anti-Semitism; extreme liberalism and Kefirah – is there any Heter?
Are the Ivy League Schools worse than Brooklyn and Queens colleges? How does the situation in the U.S. compare to that of the U.K., South Africa and Australia? Lots of challenges in going to secular college (social environment, free thinking….). Implication IIUC is that it’s a very individualized decision [me – think Kahnemann/Tversky – do you really want to bet against the baseline?]
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Responsibility of Parents and Children in Chinuch [email protected] BRS Winter KollelIf a Katan is not chayav (bound) in mitzvoth, and that includes lo tasur then how can the Rabbis bind them to the mitzvah of chinuch?
(1) It’s the ratzon hashem channeled through Chazal,
(2) They are bound in negative commandments,
(3) its included under an expansive definition of 7 mitzvot.
Is the mitzvah of chinuch on the child, parent (mother or father)? Are there two types of chinuch (general life and/or specific mitvot)
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig -The Persona of Moreinu Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”lR’Lichtenstein was an important part of the mesorah chain. His family and students were very important to him. He was able to see broad themes in Chazal and Rishonim (and expanded the canon of these sources well beyond that of traditional Brisk)
- Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-Torah Perspectives on Self-Confidence and Believing in YourselfAnivut (humility) is not about thinking you have no ability but rather about realizing that all your abilities are from HKB”H and that there are certain things (your tafkid/role) that only you can do.
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Chasidic Rebbeim and Their Influence on Psak HalakhahFinishing off the discussion of using something other than wine for Havdalah. Interesting question – is underneath a parked car considered reshut hayachid and, if so, can you pick up something you dropped underneath it on Shabbat?
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Medical Halachah: Seeking Psychological CounselingMental health should be similar to physical health as far as receiving therapeutic treatment, however some halachic authorities have reservations as therapy may: (1) put psychology/therapy ahead of Torah/halacha, (2) be anti-halachic (3) have practitioners coming from an anti-halachic place. It’s not pashut (simple)!
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Rabbi Rackman’s Published WritingsEvaluating Landers vs. JCT vs YU – it depends on what you’re looking for. Major focus – R’Rackman and hafkaat kidushin (annulment?) – where do we draw the line?
- Rabbi David Horwitz-Ramban and the Maimonidean ControversyThere was strong opposition to the Rambam’s moreh nevuchim and hilchot deiot. His non-literal interpretation of certain passages was particularly of concern. Details of the opposition and the opponents can be found here.
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-Rav Soloveitchik on ShemosInsights from R’YBS on parshat shemot including: Individuality; Not getting comfortable in exile; Shepard vs farmer; Seeing greatness in you kids; Concern for others and much more.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Thoughts on Tefillah: The Punishment of the NachashInsights into the general topic of prayer – how does it work? Is it a mitzvah? What is its meaning?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-The Four Mitzvos of Having ChildrenParameters of the mitzvah of procreation including pru u’rvu, shevet, al tanach and bringing mashiach.
- Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe-Performing Mitzvos via phone, text, and emailCan you discharge your obligation for bikur cholim, nichum aveilim etc. by telephone? What’s the halachic status of vibrations transmitted to your ear electronically? Some general thoughts on technology (me-thinking makes it so?)
Classic topic concerning making a bris – how do we evaluate the trade-off between b’rovam (having a large crowd) and zrizin makdimin (do mitzvot at the earliest opportunity).
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 13: Manuscripts in HalachaAccording to the theory that halacha k’batrai (halacha follows the later authorities) is based on their having more information, newly discovered old texts should have halachic import. Discussion of Chazon Ish’s take on this question (it may be more nuanced than generally thought.
Maybe halacha reaches certain inflection points (e.g. S”A) where “it’s just agreed” that new testimony is excluded (me- paging Mitch McConnell?)
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Bal TosifTechnical analysis of b’al tosif (not adding – #’s or mitzvoth?) based on Rambam, Raavad and Ramban. Do the two mentions in the torah lead us to an understanding of the message of the details of mitzvot being part of the integrity of the entire halachic system?
- Rabbi Yehuda Susman-Shiur Clali: Does Technology Impact on Hashavat Aveida?- Rav SusmanIs yeush (presumption of the owner of a lost object having given up hope) time, place and circumstance based or do we simply carry forward chazal’s presumptions? (me – individual vs. community based? Do we say batla daato for an individual?)
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-Connecting to Hashem Through Learning Be’iyunWe need to transmit to talmidim today that learning biyun (in depth) is how our intellect (which is chelek elokim mmaal) brings us closer to HKBH.
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-House Minyanim- Are There Any Issues, And If So What Are They- Part 2Relative prioritization of davening where you learn vs. shul, before haneitz vs with a minyan. Mirrors can be a problem of distraction as well as perhaps having the appearance of praying to one self.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Spacing and Stopping Having Children, Meeting the CoupleHow Rabbis should have “the talk” with newlyweds (and others) about having (more) children (or not). What factors are involved and how much weight should be given to each? (hint – its not a black and white algorithm)
- Rabbi Ya’akov Trump-Chevra Kadisha in Halacha and HistoryHistory of chevra kadishas (burial societies) including their functions and charters. They are very important in discharging a communal (I think really individual) responsibility (me – always interesting how these “free floating” communal responsibilities get allocated amongst the community.)
- Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik-Baruch Dayan haEmetDealing with “bad news on the doorstep”
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