by Joel Rich
An oleh this (Thursday) morning insisted on reading his own aliyah. I was surprised the gabbai/Rabbi did not waive him off (given the reason individual olim stopped reading was so as not to embarrass others). Is this at all common?
When Rishonim read ukimtas into the gemara(e.g. the gemara really was dealing with a specific case even though it didn’t mention it) how often were they stating a tradition vs. using their own logic?
There are seemingly conflicting sources on how many “active participants” you need when you need a minyan for something. Practical applications include how many you need to start the amida as well as the chazarat hashatz.
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-Rav Soloveitchik on Teruma
Lessons from parshat terumah including: Voluntary contributions to building the mishkan showed we wanted HKBH; HKBH contracts himself to be close to us in this world – we do the same by obeying mitzvot; and the more holy the emotion the more private it should be (me – as in don’t post on Facebook how wonderful you/your family are???)
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Terumah Tzedakah Pledges
Are vows in general a good thing? What about to encourage a mitzvah? Tzedaka-can/should one vow to give tzedaka on Shabbat? (me – a lot of what’s done on Shabbat seems bdieved [after the fact]?)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbi’s Desk – Reneging on the Poster Deal
When is an online sale complete according to Jewish law? When can you back out of a “sale” and what are the consequences? Concepts include: mishepara (if cash changed hands), mechusar emunah/ein ruach, simtuta…
How do price or circumstance changes get taken into account? (me – How about societal changes – in Talmudic times people did not sell things unless they needed to, there was no mass production of similar items…)
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 40 (על מה ובמה כותבין)
Regular talmud shiur including some interesting insights on the possible differences between the definition of “writing” for Shabbat violation and divorce document purposes. Also an interesting Rashi that implies that some mlacha definitions may not be Boolean (me – can you be half-pregnant?)
- Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman-The Unique Laws of Lashon Hara & Dating – Part 1
Lashon hara and its toelet exceptions are particularly important in giving (or not) your “input” concerning shidduchim. You really need to strive for the happy medium since you can’t just “be machmir” since that can hurt one party or the other.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Using Stolen Money For Charity
There’s no excuse for violating your commercial obligations to others; giving ill-gotten gains to charity isn’t a cleansing (me – but is recommended if you can’t identify who you owe it to?)
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 18: Should Customs be Distinct or Unified?
Should our ultimate halachic model for community in Israel (and elsewhere) be a unified one or a mosaic (i.e. subgroup differences in halacha)? The answer that poskim give to this question will affect their ultimate psak. (me – so will amcha’s view)
- Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman-Who is my ‘Brother’: a Medieval Look at a Modern Dilemma
We (especially YU) need to raise a generation that can reach out to those non-bnai brit who want to work with us and treat us well (me – RYBS in “confrontation”)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Chullin Daf 02 – Tamei Shechting
Introduction to mesechet chulin. Why do we believe that shechita is kosher based on someone’s word? Why “hakol shochtim”?
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-Bribery and Protectzia, Is it Ever Allowed? (Part 3)
Shiur starts with a summary of the first two shiurim on this topic. Focus of this shiur: Third parties who have triage responsibilities; The ethics of line cutting; and Public vs. private ownership priority allocation differences.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 41 (בענין כתב ע״ג כתב)
Regular Talmud shiur – interesting insights into whether witnesses’ signatures need to be identifiable and what constitutes writing.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Exempting Oneself from Mitzvot (1)
How do we rank order actively avoiding a mitzvah (Kiyumit vs. Chiyuvit); not pursuing a positive mitzvah (Kiyumit vs Chiyuvit); and mitzvah violations. Which are poor form and which are sinful?
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Personal Liability for Political Decisions
Can a government official be held personably, halachically liable for his governmental decisions? Sometimes yes but generally, there’s a broad exception. This is all based on differentiating between criminal acts and poor policy. What are the applications today? I like how R’Lichtenstein put it – we may have malchut without a melech.
- Rav Asher Weiss-Terumah
Rambam vs Ramban on the primary role of the mikdash (house of avodah vs house of har sinai experience). Many differences flow from this distinction. In the mikdash we see representations where the mizbeach=avodah, menorah=torah, shulchan=gmilat chesed. These are in this world but in shamayin aron=torah is primary.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Inyanei Basar Bechalav
This shiur covers a lot of ground in kashrut (e.g. shishim, taam kikar) as well as tangentially related topics (e.g. shmita, safeik drabanan, orlah)
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Rav Dichovsky on the Role of Policy in Psak
Of course, a poseik takes policy issues into account – examples provided from Talmudic and modern times. Often it is a case of picking an approach based on conflicting priorities.
- Rabbi Avi Billet-Bris Milah – History, Halacha, and Contemporary Issues
Everything you wanted to know about the how and why of the brit and the associated ceremony.
- Rabbi Michoel Zylberman-Early and Often? Participating in Israeli Elections
Why it’s fine to vote, even according to most chareidi poskim.
- Ari Wasserman,Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger,“Joel” ,Rabbi Yisroel Grossberg,Rabbi Yoel Kramer, Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein,Shalva Schneider,Jonathan Rosenblum-2/29/20 – Show 261 – Should a student ever be expelled from school?
What are valid reasons to expel a student? Doing drugs? Selling drugs? Tznius? Having a Smartphone? Unfiltered Internet at home? Torching the principal’s van? What happens when a student is expelled? How should it be handled by parents, teachers, the principal and others? What if your child is being negatively influenced by a classmate?
Students should only be expelled from Yeshivot in rare circumstances and always with a safety net.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Exempting Oneself from Mitzvot (2)
Part II of avoiding mitzvoth in halacha and hashkafa.
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-Infertility in Halacha
A number of technical, medical fertility issues discussed and possible solutions offered.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Throwing Candy at a Chosson or Bar Mitzvah Boy
Discussions of food throwing halachot. There are differences between bread and other foods as well as whether the food would be ruined or not. Are you responsible for damages caused by your joyous food throwing.
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Medical Doctors and Rabbis Aharon Kotler & Joseph B. Soloveitchik
The Rambam held that when Shabbat must be violated for the purposes of saving a life, it should be done by a “gadol” which many understand literally as the great person.
Should a religious Dr. switch Shabbat shifts with non-religious ones? No – it teaches the wrong halachic and hashkafic lessons.
- Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Q&A: Car Accidents, Smoking, Free Will and more
Q&A including: Differences between the first and second paragraph of shma; was Moshe literally ten amot toll?; How did nusach sefard (through chassidim) change the nussach; Freewill vs. predestination; Borrowing without permission; Waiting six hours between meat and milk; Liability on borrowed cars; Smoking (no, but); Tzaar baalei chaim (animal pain) and shechita; Simcha in adar; Vahvta [loving your brother] as a klal gadol (important general rule); how do we relate to kabbalah?; Long life from certain mitzvot; Lubavitch many times don’t sit in the sukkah!; Middot; What to learn; and Eating causing forgetfulness.
- Rabbi Yoni Levin-Halachik Implications of Coronavirus
What is the liability (if any?, earthly vs heavenly) imposed on one who ignores isolation rules in a pandemic situation?
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 19: Divergent Customs within a Family?
When must/should a wife take on her husband’s minhagim? (me and possibly vice versa)
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 42 (קוראין לפניהם, מי מילין)
Continuing Talmud shiur. How do we look at (pun intended) disappearing ink in halacha?
- Rabbi Yehuda Susman-Shiur Clali: The Mitzvah and Limits of Drinking on Purim- Rav Susman
Chazal saw drinking in shades of grey. Drinking on Purim is OK but you must be cognizant of the goal. The appropriateness of drinking is a function of the time and place.
- Rabbi Avishai David-Behavior of Torah Jews in a Non-Prophetic Era – Harav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik ZTL
Mislabeled I think – some purim insights and then onto a gemara shiur (which is more permeable – wood or cement?)
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