Audio Roundup 2020:7

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by Joel Rich

A note I sent on a shiur concerning Yoseif and his brothers:
Interestingly enough I spent much of last week looking for commentaries explaining the focus on the donkeys. i’m glad to see you didn’t come up with more than me 🙂

I realize it’s probably projection but I came up with two possibilities.

The first was that many places the donkey seems to be taking somebody to their destiny (Think avraham Moshe bilaam……)I was thinking when they might’ve been concerned that they would be unable to fulfill theirs

My other thought was that they represented technological extensions Of human ability ( think vcivshuha) And they would be unable to fulfill their human capabilities and be no more than another animal

Later heard R’ M Taragin mention that R’ Amital elsewhere looked at chamor and saw chomer(material world)

Some thoughts on AI/ML(Machine learning) and a psak generator:
But it will happen imho. And since lots of psak (if not all) has lots of unarticulated premises it will be interesting to see what ML extrapolates. Also I’m guessing this is being pursued in secular law arena.

    • Rabbi Nosson Rich-Hachana: Preparing on Shabbos for After Shabbos

      The rules concerning hachana (forbidden preparation on Shabbat for post Shabbat activities) are a bit fuzzy in practice – when is it hachana and when is it the normal course of human activities? (e.g. should you drop your clothes on the floor if you’re not planning on wearing them again on Shabbat?)

  • Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-אמונה (4)

    Discussion of the historical (kuzari) argument for belief. Then onto the “Chassidic” argument – no proof is needed because belief is our natural state. R’YBS and R’AL understood that modern man/philosophy excludes absolute proofs and thus argued for simply experiencing HKB”H. We don’t live in a purely rational/logical world and thus we rely on the preponderance of evidence vs. complete “proof” [me-good description of how I experience the world and why chulent kiruv works but arguing theology doesn’t IMHO] 

  • Rav Asher Weiss- Daled Kosos & Din Cheirus

    4 cups on Pesach – in a rare hat tip to “tzvei dinim”, R’Weiss sees two elements of the rabbinic requirements – to drink and to say – which is primary?
    Major discussion of this shiur is chamar medina (national drink) – how is it defined (and allowable use) by Havdalah vs Kiddush vs 4 cups? How unavailable must wine be to allow chamar medina’s use? Does chamar medina exist today? (no, but….)

  • Rabbi Daniel Stein-The Concept of a Chazakah

    Technical discussion of the source of the rule of chazakah d’kama. (we assume that the last known status continues).

  • Rabbi Yossi Mizrachi-שיחת התעוררות בנחום אבלים ברעננה

    We all face challenges. Aveilut(mourning) can teach us many important lessons.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Ritalin and ADHS Medication on Shabbos

    There are general leniencies for taking medicine on Shabbat and specific ones for kids and ADD.

  • Rabbi Gil Student-Today’s Challenges of Orthodoxy

    Our communities have many positive advantages. The main challenge we face is a crisis in confidence in orthodoxy (primarily due to the competing values of general society). While OTD is a challenge, we shouldn’t overreact as our overall retention rate is good compared to that in general society -similar comments for the shidduch crisis.

  • Rabbi Shay Schachter-Davening a Different Nusach Than the Local Shul

    General rules provided for what to do if your nusach is different from that of the shul you’re davening in. If you are the shatz, totally follow the shul’s minhag. If not, don’t be obviously different. Specific examples provided.

  • Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-בחירה חופשית (1)

    We believe in free will. How do Jewish philosophers square that with HKBH’s omniscience? (Me – most important question – How does it impact what we do next?)

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Overview of the Dinim of Avodah Zarah

    Introduction to Avodah Zarah (actual and tikrovet), the status of mumar and how do we deal with tartei d’satrei on a rabbinic basis (safeik? both true?)

  • Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Keeping Halacha in Space

    Do mitzvot apply in space (on a torah and/or rabbinic basis)? If yes, what are the parameters, especially for those with a time element (e.g. Shabbat, zmanei tfila)

  • Asher Becker-Our Angelic Ancestors: The Flawless Forefathers and Foremothers

    The ktav v’hakabalah reinterpreted all Bible stories to put the avot and imahot in a positive light. Examples provided.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Contraception and Halacha – Part 1

    Part I of a review of the basic biology of contraception, the halachic issues to be considered (sirus, hashchatat zera) once pru u’rvu is adjudicated and how various methods of contraception stack up against these considerations.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Leibowitz-Koach Sheni and the Status of Machines in Halacha

    Koach rishon (Immediate direct result) vs. Koach sheini. What are the applications in murder, damage, shechita, hand washing? What is the interplay with l’shma, koach gavra and maaseh adam? Active vs passive sourcing?

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Beren Campus Welcome Back Shiur

    Broad strokes history and purpose of the written and oral torahs

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – How Long Before Bar Mitzvah To Put on Tefillin

    Brief summary of various practices (and reasons for) when bar mitzvah boys start putting on tfillin.

  • Rabbi Dr. Jacob J Schacter-The Havtachah of Antisemitism

    A brief history of US antisemitism followed by chizuk reminding us that we are part of the eternal people.

  • Rabbi Shlomo Landau-The Fascinating Beracha of Baruch Shepitarani

    Is baruch shepetarani focused on the father’s no longer being “punished” for a son’s sins at bar mitzvah or visa versa? What are the halachic implications of the answer to this question? Specific focus on application for girls.

  • Rabbi Mayer E. Twersky-Who is the Real Target of Antisemitism?

    Antisemitism is always latently there. Our response to outbreaks should be soul searching about our own practical and/or ideological assimilation. We should maintain our historical consciousness and not overgeneralize to all non-bnai brit. We should not to be ostentatious and should be completely yashar (upright).

  • Rav Binyamin Tabory -Understanding Minhagim #11 – Kiddush at night and during the day

    Kiddush b’makom seudah – what counts as a seudah? What counts as a Kiddush cup? Who has to drink and when? When can you say an incomplete verse?

  • Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-Cheshbon HaNefesh and Asking the Right Question: Rambam, Chovos Halevavos, and Ramchal

    What does one ask oneself when doing a cheshbon hanefesh (introspection)? There are a number of approaches but the key is to be sure you are facilitating your own personal growth.

  • Rabbi Jeffrey Saks ,Dr. Adam Ferziger-A “Rupture and Reconstruction” Primer

    R’Dr. C. Soloveitchik’s background is discussed as well as his approach in writing “Rupture and Reconstruction”: why did it so resonate with the MO community

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Contraception and Halacha – Part 2

    Part II deals with the diaphragm, pill, spermicide, IUD, timing(rhythm method?) and morning after pill.
    Humor can be effective if used appropriately. Talmudic examples provided.

  • Rabbi Daniel Stein-Step-Parents and Yichud

    Pru u’rvu includes raising torah observant children, thus adoption may count and kids would have to have kavod for adopted parents: R’Moshe allows some yichud especially if the child was adopted when very young.

  • Rav Dovid Gottlieb -Positive Mitzvot of Shabbat 08: Tosefet Shabbat (Part 3)

    Does accepting Shabbat early existentially turn Friday night into Shabbat? Discussion of implications for Shabbat and other applications.

  • Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf-שבט אחים ואחיות : האם יוסף באמת התאחד עם אחיו

    Rashi, as a polemicist, used Yoseif’s desire to be accepted by his brothers as a parallel to closet Jews in his own time.

  • Harav Reuven Feinstein,Rabbi Dovid Goldstein, Rabbi Oren Duvdevani,Mrs. Etti Neustadt,Rabbi Elliot Schrier-1/25/20 Show 256 – Checking for Bugs
    Din or Chumrah? What is necessary to check? Is this a new phenomenon? Nirah Leynaim, Chazaka, Miyut and much more….

    History and current halachic practices vis-à-vis bug checking. Seems like a lot of room for “leniency” according to the host.

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Shemos Delaying a Bris Milah Until Later in the Day

    Trade-offs examined between b’rov am (more people = more honor to HKB”H) and other priorities (zrizin, minyan kavua, more torah learning, decorum…).

  • Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 31

    Regular Talmud shiur. Technical discussion of (1) whether a shtar needs drisha and chakira (2) what is eidut by ishut?

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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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