Audio Roundup 2020:9

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by Joel Rich

From R’Rimon in Hamizrachi: “In light of the above (me – shtarei hedyotot et al) it would be best if there were no ads at all in our Parshat Hashavua sheets”….. “However it is very difficult to abide by these demands in our times because it’s the ads that fund the publication”… “Still it would be worth having clear guidelines”
This reminded me of tshuvot that explain why we ignore the lifesaving priorities in Horiyot based on “it’s difficult to abide…” I’d really appreciate a better understanding of the halachic force of this consideration. Oh, and did the publishers of Hamizrachi appreciate the irony of this article appearing in their publication with advertisement which is distributed in many shuls on Shabbat?


From the OU:
Q. How often must a mezuzah be checked to make sure that it is still kosher, and how is the checking done?

A. Shulchan Aruch (YD 291:1) writes that a mezuzah that is placed on private property, such as on one’s home, must be checked twice in 7 years (i.e., every 3½ years). ………

Me- I suppose the OU initially laid out its vision for this series but ISTM presenting this as a “halacha pesuka” without mention that some contemporary poskim disagree, may be causing the laity not to ask questions of their rav when a question would be appropriate.

Thoughts?


  • Rav Yonasan Sacks -Excuses in Avodat Hashem

    I’ve heard versions of this shiur from R’Sacks over the years and it always resonates. Building blocks include: (1) Does mitoch shelo lshma ba lshma mean there is a kiyum when you do a mitzvah shelo lshma or it just sets you up for one when you eventually do the mitzvah lshma (2) Is ones always a ptur or only when that’s the only reason you don’t do the mitzvah? (3) If you don’t do the mitzvah exactly as required, does it say something about your not doing the mitzvah for the right reasons (Shaul not killing all Amaleik)?
    What defines you is what you do with your marginal time (when you are not “anus”) and always remember that effort is up to you, results are up to HKB”H.
     

  • Rabbi Efrem Goldberg-Bribery and Protectzia, Is it Ever Allowed? (Part 2)

    Is a talmid chacham entitled to priority? Yes but he probably shouldn’t take advantage of it. The general approach of poskim seems to be that in an ideal society using protectzia would be considered bribery, but they recognize (again I don’t fully understand the halachic force of this contention) that since we don’t live in that society, you can use protectzia, but only to get back to an even playing field. It sounds like poskim are loathe to answer practical questions in this area.
    I’d love to have a discussion of the issue raised concerning line cutting for a transplant (R’Zylberstein allows) and the Chazon Ish on not stealing the water in the desert (because it’s like murder).
     

  • Rabbi Dr Aaron Glatt-Surviving a Hospitalization: Medical and Halachic Advice

    Examples of how to make a Kiddush hashem (and chillul) in a hospital setting. Remember to say thanks, follow the rules, speak to the right people in a nice way and don’t spread disease! [me – interesting that people need the “excuse” of kiddush hashem to know to say thank you to others. How about because that’s what a mensch does?] 

  • Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Marijuana, Alcohol and the Jewish Community

    Drugs and alcohol need to be considered in the context of general hashkafic principles as well as specific halachot.
     

  • Rav Asher Weiss- Kiddush HaChodesh

    What is the nature of Kiddush Levana and its brachot? (e.g. is it a chiyuv to seek out the moon or just a mitzvah if you see it? Is the bracha more one of shevach, hodaah or hannah?)
     

  • Rabbi Shaya Katz-Legends & Lessons: The Taz & The Shach

    History of the (tense?) relationship between the Shach and the Taz including the impact of the Khmelnytsky uprising, Shabtai Tzvi and their blood relationships with the Tur and S”A. Do we really paskin like the Shach due to non-cognitive reasons? (me – see Beit Shammai vs. Beit Hillel)
     

  • Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman-Psyched for Avot: Why Social and Emotional Learning is Essential for Talmud Torah

    We need to teach our kids social and emotional intelligence as shown in pirkei avot. BTW it will aid their intellectual development as well.
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Cohen-My Personal Relationship With Hashem

    Each moment HKB”H gives us is precious, we need to utilize them all wisely.
     

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Bo When is the Earliest Time to Recite Kiddush Levanah

    The gemara discusses the latest time for Kiddush Levana but not the earliest. Not surprisingly, there are a number of opinions on the matter. Interesting is, since the gemara didn’t mention it, how did the various commentaries come up with the underlying theories of their approaches? (e.g. benefitting from light)
     

  • Rabbi Ezra Wiener-The Role of Az Yashir in the Daily Davening

    Az Yashir is really about emunah. The experience of Yam Suf shows us that HKBH can redeem us miraculously and also teaches us to see the yad hashem in our lives.
     

  • Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Watching the Wheat harvest on Shabbos

    Topics include: Having a mashgiach in far-away places on Shabbat, setting up dishwashers for Shabbat use and running a computer over Shabbat.
     

  • Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Open Orthodoxy

    More on R’Rackman and why Open Orthodoxy is over the line.
     

  • Rabbi Hecht- Who Has the Right to an Opinion?

    Speech, like all human drives, must be redeemed (channeled appropriately). Differences of opinion are fine but they must be expressed appropriately.
     

  • Rabbi Eitan Bendavid -Judaism Encounters Spirituality

    There’s a lot of focus today on spirituality in the outside world, we can either reject it or see it within Judaism.
     

  • Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Moshe Rabeinu

    There’s ambiguity in Moshe Rabbeinu’s story (e.g. what role did Batya play in his development? Amram?) In any event, we can take the positives of any childhood background into our avodah.
     

  • Rav Jonathan Ziring-The Process of Pesak Halacha 15: The Importance of Lived Tradition in Psak Halacha

    We’ve discussed the force of minhag in the “rational” halachic process but poskim also take into account the sociological element; changing minhag can weaken people’s commitment to Yiddishkeit.
     

  • Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier-לא ישא אדם אשה ששמה כשם אמו – בין תקנת רבי יהודה החסיד להלכה

    The force of the tzavaah of Rav Yehuda Hachasid has been much debated. You can hear the specifics here regarding its ban on marrying someone with the same first name as your parent.
     

  • Mrs. Aviva Feiner-Our Job in This Long Galus

    You have to believe in yourself – Everything you do must connect to kedusha.
     

  • Rabbi Uri Orlian-Must I Give Tzedaka to Anyone Who Knocks on My Door

    Generally, one gives to those in need who physically present themselves.
     

  • Rabbi Moshe Taragin-שפת אמת לפרשת בשלח : שירה וגילוי הקב”ה בטבע, גאולה ע”י בני אדם, קול למעלה מהטבע, תפילת הצדיק ובטחון בהקב”ה, קדושת התורה וקדושת ישראל,גאות האדם כמתנה מהקב”ה

    Parsha insights including why did Moshe pray if HKB”H had already promised the result and R’YBS on man as a sefer torah.
     

  • Rabbi Shay Schachter-Hillel Hazaken: Do You Live an Entire Life of Excuses?

    We need to learn from the lives of great ones, not just from their statements. We learn from Hillel that we can always grow and renew (e.g. he made aliyah at 80) and we need to be humble but also believe in ourselves.
     

  • Rabbi Yaakov B. Neuburger-Applied Pikuach Nefesh on Shabbos 1

    Rabbis need to be fully conversant with pikuach nefesh (life endangering) Shabbat laws. Ashkenazim paskin that Shabbat is dechuya (pushed off) for pikuach nefesh, sfardim that it’s hutrah (as if it didn’t exist) but ashkenazim also recognize the danger of messaging that delaying treatment may always be OK.
     

  • Rabbi Daniel Stein-The Kashrus of Milk Nowadays
    If you have clarity on the definitions of rov, chazakah and bitul as well as how they interact, then you can decide for yourself on the milk question.
    If heuristics lead you to differing conclusions, how do you reconcile them? (e.g. could each cow’s milk be kosher but the mixture of them not?)
     
  • Rabbi Etan Moshe Berman-Reality and Imagination in Business

    HKB”H really provides our parnassa, our efforts are just to keep us in the proper frame work.
     

  • Rabbi Uri Orlian-Why Isn’t the Chiyuv of Pru U’revu from Bar Mitzvah & Why Can You Delay Marriage to Learn

    R ’Asher Weiss holds that pru u’rvu falls into the category of masruha l’chachamim (the torah gave the Rabbis the right to regulate),thus they can determine the age parameters of when the requirement begins.
     

  • Rabbi Ari Wasserman-Parshas Beshalach – Is it permitted to use a secular name?

    The use of non-Jewish names may be either prohibited, discouraged or neutral. Listen hear to find out why.
     

  • Rabbi Dov Winston-Do You Own Your Own Siddur?

    First in a series on making prayer more meaningful. Here you’ll find more on how to know if your praying needs improvement.
     

  • Rabbi Chaim Eisenstein-Introduction to Hilchos Ta’aroves and beginning of סימן צח

    Introduction to a series on kashrut/taarovet. Discussion of min b’mino, taam kikar, rov, shishim and batel. How is min defined is it based on similarity of name or taste? /li>

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Introduction To Chiyuv Latzeis Bidei Shamayim

    In which cases do we say one is chayav bdei shamayim vs. latzeit (to discharge one’s obligation) bdei shamayim? Does it relate to a known liability but lack of clarity as to whom it is due or cases where it is unclear if there’s a liability? What’s the difference?
     

  • Rav Binyamin Tabory -Understanding Minhagim #13 – Havdala

    Havdalah – issues including (1) stand or sit (2) women drinking wine (3) use of electric lights (4) saying in shul.
     

  • Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

    About Joel Rich

    Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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