Audio Roundup 2020:19

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by Joel Rich

two corona points
1. introspection is always good. as R’YBS said don’t ask why but what (does HKBH expect of me). if the current situation gives us cause to focus, then use it.

  1. I’ve seen a lot of comments similar to : There have been various experts warning about the risks of a global pandemic, or even about the basic shortage of medical equipment and hospital beds in various countries, and the people in charge didn’t listen to them (which in turn is partly the fault of the general public for not caring enough).

WADR IMHO this is a bit too simple. If one were to go back 5 years and look at all the “warnings” about possible future events (e.g. meteor hitting earth) and total up the contingency costs of preparing for all of them, I’m guessing the cost would be greater than society could bear. Picking winners in retrospect doesn’t help, maybe formal risk analysis would.

R’ Gil had machine shmura this year and liked it. My response: welcome to the dark side   It tastes even better in Yerushalayim. BTW on R’HS tshuva on one time exceptions from minhag he relies on the dagul mrvava – when i looked it up istm he is disagreeing with the shach. any clalei horaah on this issue?

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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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