Audio Roundup 2020:20

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by Joel Rich

Never did really understand how minhag hamakom got trumped by “family minhag” et al. This from one who today did not put on tfillin on chol hamoed for the first time (as a recent oleh). If the meitim yodim, I’m quite sure my ancestors are crying existential tears of joy as it is in their merit that I was finally zoche to this status


From a report: A number of Rabbinic leaders pressured the government not to shut down minyanim even when it was clear that they were not in the spirit of regulations.

My explanation: Apparently they hold minyan in a higher priority and were willing to trade off for it, or they didn’t believe experts on contagion


  • Rabbi Avrohom Kahan, Rabbi Yochonon Twerski ,r Leah Younger,Rabbi Yoel Asher Labin,Ms Miriam Zakarin Esq.,Rabbi Tuvya Stern-4/25/20 – Show 269 – Divorces and Parent Alienation: What’s the Halacha and Hashkafic Approach How should a person deal with deal with parental alienation? What mistakes are being made? Divorce in the frum community, protecting the children, Bais Din vs secular court

    Maybe Janey was right (HT – Janey’s Blues – Janis Ian – “stay together for the sake of the child”). If not, all parties (parents, courts, batei din, relatives…) should do what’s best for the child. Alienating a child from the other parent and/or withholding a get are bad ideas. Professional helps is often useful.
     

  • Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Crystallization and Flexibility in Halacha

    R’Menashe Klein wrote on the halachic process; R’NL Cardozo did as well (much more liberally) but we can’t argue with the gemara because it was universally accepted. This is almost true of certain later authorities (e.g. S”A) but we’re humans and there must be some flexibility in the process (yet we must also have a final authority?)
     

  • Rabbi Isaac Rice-Is There a Place for Contagious People In Shul?

    When there’s an endangered party and an endangerer, who has the responsibility to prevent damage? [me – is halacha seemingly based on discredited disease theory still treated as precedent?] 

  • Rabbi Reuven Brand-Coffee Conversations

    R’HS provides some personal reminisces of R’YBS. Other participants discuss personal prayer, coping with life’s challenges, appreciating Rabbis and what to read during corona time (me-sfarim?).
     

  • <a href=”https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/950930/rabbi-aryeh-leibowitz/rambam-introduction-to-the-mishna-part-1/Rabbi Aryeh Leibowitz-Rambam – Introduction to the Mishna – Part 1

    What was the Torah Shbal Peh and how was it transmitted? How do we identify a true prophet?
     

  • Rabbi Daniel Fridman-Introduction to Shemoneh Perakim I: The Study of Avot and the Value of Chasidut

    Introduction to Rambam’s Shmoneh Prakim – sometimes it’s not easy to know what the proper actions one should take are and sometimes it’s not easy to execute them.
     

  • Rabbi Chaim Eisenstein-Porch Minyanim in Israel: A Halakhic Analysis

    Detailed analysis of whether all minyan members must be “under one roof” or is just seeing each other enough?
     

  • Rav Moshe Taragin-The Impact of the Holocaust Upon Harav Amital zt”l

    Yom Hashoah presentation summarizing the impact of the Shoah on R’Amital’s personality, theology and understanding of Jewish identity.
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Sitting or Standing for Kiddush

    Sources for standing and/or sitting for Kiddush (and Havdalah)
     

  • ספרי מניין המצוות של הראשונים: מגמות חינוכיות | שיעור 1 | הרב אליקים קרומביין

    What were the underlying organizational principles of the monei hamitzvot? What was their history? Focus on the Smag’s two goals – transmitting practical applications and general knowledge of HKB”H’s word.
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Women and Children in Havdalah

    Is Havdalah’s duraita (probably from the parallel to Kiddush) or drabanan? Is a woman saying havdalah for herself permitted, optional or forbidden? (and how does that square with the duraita/drabanan status?) Long excursion into sefirat haomer (duraita/drabanan and implications.) Also covered – women/bracha on (certain) time bound mitzvot.
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Women and Children in Havdalah – Part 2

    Continuation of havdalah issues including men being motzi women (and vice versa). Also covered, status of children’s obligation of chinuch; but what if they’re not awake?)
     

  • Rav Asher Weiss-ברכת הגומל

    Birchat hagomeil analysis – who says it and how long do you have after the event to say it? Psak – if you can’t get a real minyan within 30 days, then get one on zoom etc. (it’s not a davar shebikdusha, simply just pirsumei nisa)
     

  • בין מדע לאהבה על היחס בין חלקי הי”ד | שיעור 1 | הרב ברוך גיגי |

    First in a series. The first two books of the Rambam’s Yad (mada and ahavah) differ from the rest of the books as they lay out a person’s basis for avodat hashem and then lay out the service itself. Mada gives 3 paths to knowledge of HKB”H– philosophy, imitating HKB”H’s midot and talmud torah
     

  • ספרי מניין המצוות של הראשונים: מגמות חינוכיות | שיעור2 | הרב אליקים קרומביין

    The Smag’s letter/introduction to his minyan hamitzvot showed his concern that people use the sefer to properly keep mitzvoth (perhaps the time period was one of new adaptations?) While the Smag thought of it was lack of knowledge that kept people from proper fulfilment of mitzvoth, Rabbeinu Yonah thought it was more an issue of consciousness.
     

  • Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Gittin 50 (גירושין על ידי נתינת עבד וחצר)

    Ongoing Talmud shiur. Starts with an analysis of why a “moving chatzer” is not koneh. Then on to an analysis of shhchut yad and chatzer etc.
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Women and Children in Havdalah Part 3

    More on Havdalah – can a woman be motzi a child or vica versa? Is a boy who becomes bar mitzvah on motzai yom kippur chayav in tosefet yom kippur?
     

  • Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Hilchot Aveilut 4 (Siman 341)

    Continuing hilchot aveilut shiurim focusing on aninut status – when does it start, end (can it be interrupted) and what mitzvot are required, permitted or forbidden [under a variety of circumstances] during aninut?
     

  • Rabbi Ezra Schwartz-The Prohibition of Chodosh

    Simple pshat is that we should be careful about chadash, so why hasn’t ashkenazi Jewry done so?
    The whole Sfek Sfeika definition has always baffled me (I do get what I think drove Tosfot’s two sheimot (names) approach [else why is there ever a sfek sfeika – isn’t it always x or not-x?) but who decides naming conventions?] 

  • Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb-Rav Asher Weiss on Emunah: What Are the 3 Things We Must Teach About the Shoah?

    Teach the facts of the Shoah in an age appropriate manner, emphasize the mesirat nefesh that was shown and focus on the rebuilding that took place [Israel] 

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Tazria Derasha – How to Ask a Shaila

    Asking shailot shows humility and allows you to avoid negative default positions. Asking in a neutral manner is best so you get the real ratzon hashem (which is our goal)
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Which Foods to Eat at Seuda Shelishis

    What must you eat at Shabbat meals? (opinions range from always bread [and then do you need lechem mishna?] to fruits are good enough.) Is shalosh seudot different?
     

  • Rabbi Sariel Malitzky-What Happens If Corona Ends And Moshiach Does Not Arrive

    Our avodah today (corona time) is defining who we really are.
     

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbi’s Desk – Making Up Missed Leining (Rav Asher Weiss and Rav Schachter)

    What to do about making up all the parshiyot missed while the shuls were closed? R’Weiss (perhaps facts on the ground were different in Israel) says no make-up; R’Schachter suggests possible solutions. Note – there are possible bracha l’vatala issues.
     

  • Rabbi Eliav Silverman-The mechayev of mitzvat kvod rabo – in memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

    Is kavod rav a derivative of kavod talmid chacham or kavod av? There are a number of possible applications of this differentiation.
     

  • Rabbi Daniel Fridman-Responding to Suffering: Rambam, The Rav, and Rav Lichtenstein

    The Rambam was primarily in the camp of mpnei chataeinu – suffering is due to sin. R’Soloveitchik didn’t think modern man could deal with this and thus focused on what HKB”H wants from us. R’Lichtenstein thought we really couldn’t say which approach is appropriate.
     

  • Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier-“Vayyidom Aharon”: Rav Aharon Lichtenstein זצ”ל on Responding to Suffering and Crisis (Yahrtzeit Shiur)

    R’Lichtenstein felt we should have humility regarding suffering (knowing why it happens) and should integrate it into our lives. We should feel the suffering of others.
    There are two types of bitachon: the simple – it will all be good, and the more complex – we will still have a relationship with HKB”H
     

  • Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-Rav Soloveitchik on Tazria Metzora

    R’YBS on Tazria/Metzora: HKB”H wants our active participation; we need to have self-discipline and the ability to wait; sin is skin deep/not who we arer; self-esteem is good but arrogance is not.
     

  • Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Spiritual Hedonism and Kiruv

    Perhaps the highest level relationship with HKB”H is doing what’s right because you want to give to the one you love. Reward will come anyway, but it’s not the goal.
     

  • Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-רופא חולי עמו ישראל – למה מתפללים רק על חולי ישראל?

    The prayer of rfaeinu is based on our relationship with HKB”H and the need for tshuva/slicha in order to be healed. We pray for the health of others (non-bnai brit) in the amida elsewhere since they lack this special relationship.
     

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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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