by Joel Rich
I’ve posted a number of comments over the years relating to the delicate dance between poskim and their communities. IMHO (for a long while), as microelectronics become more embedded in society, the result will be micro-halachic justified allowances where shabbat is not compromised (even as the definition of compromised changes with time. (data points- r moshe-timeclocks, refrigerators…)
Perhaps worthy of its own thread – R’ Moshe states that he became poseik hador because people kept coming back to him. If they hadn’t liked his answers, maybe not. Could be same for R’ Asher Weiss? So we get the poskim we like?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Rav Mayer Twersky’s Teshuvah on The Continued Need for Vigilance During the Covid Pandemic
Explaining the significance of R’M Twersky’s hard line position concerning not reopening shuls/minyanim until doctors figure out how to deal with the “new normal”.
My thought-If I understand correctly the guidelines for outside minyanim highly recommend that those in at risk groups (I think they only really define post 65 I wonder if they’ll also talk about obesity) not attend.
As minyan is just one part of life It would seem by implication that they are recommending that those groups not leave their homes and participate in anything with social distancing outside (e.g. taking a walk and certainly not going into a store or somebody else’s home)
Is that really the recommendation- be a shut in until there is a vaccine and a treatment? Have we set up community resources even if somebody wants to do that to support such a recommendation?
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Tziruf L’Minyan Asarah
Ten is not the loneliest number I ever knew (HT – Three Dog Night) but when we need ten (Kiddush hashem, megilla, davar shebkidusha, zimun…) it’s not always for the same reason. Perhaps only kiddush hashem require 10 on a duraita level. Karban pesach is the source for the “same room” rule for establishing the geographic inclusion for minyan rules. How do we extrapolate from there?
Bonus discussions – Litvishe vs. traditional psak methodology, the authorship of the mishna brurah.
- Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff-The Curious Invention Named Modern Orthodoxy
History of defining Modern Orthodoxy. Labeling (me–branding) can have plusses and minuses. (me-plusses if you have a value proposition you believe in)
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Halachic Issues of Yom Tov Going Into Shabbas (Pre-Shavuos Women’s Shiur OHT)
Tracing the earliest sources of eating dairy on Shavuot through numerous other explanations – some of which are flawed (me – but it’s not as if anyone would change the practice; or maybe they will these days)
- Conversation with Rav Moshe Taragin and Michael Eisenberg
Thoughts on the post corona economy (he’s bullish of Israel thinks our society will cohere), Yeshiva life as preparation for the real world, R’Amital and R’Lichtenstein.
- Rabbi Meir Soloveichik-Can All Religions Be True?
Not really, but……….Q&A includes the benefits of liberal democracy and interfaith issues.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Inyonei Chasuna
Erusin and nesuin and wedding ceremony issues et al.
- Rabbi Meir Soloveichik-Is G-d’s Love for Jews Unique?
We are geirim and toshavim and have flourished in the USA. The USA was founded on values similar to our own. The historical European experience led a minority of Rabbis to view outsiders negatively. We must understand our particularlist closeness in the context of HKBH’s universalist message.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Inyonei Shavuos
Shavuot topics include: Counting the Omer; Flowers in Shul; Waiting till tzeit for maariv on the second day; Eruv tavshilin; Taam elyon; Akdamot; Eating dairy; Nature of Second day yom tov Shavuot and Zohar vs. Bavli.
- Rav Asher Weiss-מדת האחריות של חולה שהדביק אחרים במחלה (תש”פ)
Chasidei ashkenaz (especially the Rokeach) had a list of specific atonements (# of fasts etc.) for various sins (even done b’shogeig). Sfardim weren’t so in to this idea. R’Moshe wrote that in our day such an approach might impede tshuva, maybe we should stick with tzedaka, Talmud Torah…. R’Asher Weiss suggests a modified approach for one who infected another with the corona virus.
- Mrs. Nechama Price-Orpa and Vashti: Bad Reputations
Orpah and Vashti reconsidered. Did Chazal interpret them as evil in order to contrast them with Ruth and Esther, to deflect attention from possible shortcomings (misreading) of Ruth and Esther, or were they simply puzzle pieces leading towards a greater good?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Beracha M’ein Sheva in Outdoor Minyanim
R’HS requires a 4 amot separation between men and women in parking lot minyanim, mechitza not needed (but would be nice).
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Zoom Seders and the Future of Electricity on Shabbat
Brief halachic history of the prohibition of electricity on Shabbat, then on to how it is viewed today: (1) maintain it’s assur (2) maintain It’s mutar (3) worry about Shabbat lifestyle implications in a substantive rather than a formal methodology.
- Rabbi Isaac Rice-Citing Your Sources Brings The Geulah
Sources concerning giving sources for your citations
- Rabbi Aryeh Leibowitz-The Rambam’s Middle Path
What does it mean to take the middle path? Is it better to be a chasid or a tsaddik?
- Ari Wasserman, Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz,Mrs. Miriam Levitan, Rabbi Yechiel Rhine,Rabbi Dr. Jack Cohen,Raphael Alter–5/23/20 – Show 273 – Shidduchim & Dating during Corona – should they be put on hold? What changes are we seeing?Are there new Shidduchim starting now? Should we hold off? Is Zoom an option? Where are people meeting, with hotel lobbies and restaurants mostly closed? Are masks and social distancing required during dates? Is there Yichud if dates are in backyards and other outside secluded areas?
Corona time is a strange time for shidduchim – here’s a status report on the new dating norms and some tips. Distance learning also discussed.
- Dr. Marc Shapiro-Three Modern Rabbinic Forgeries and their Impact on the Torah World
Three forgeries recognized as such in their own times (after bamboozling some greats). Bsamin Rosh – attempt to reform orthodoxy using the Rosh’s authority
Yerushalmi on kodshim – jut to see if he could get away with it
R’Chaim Bloch – prolific forger of correspondence and other works of gedolim of the 19th and 20th century.
- Mrs. Chani Newman-To Go Out or Not To Go Out? The Story of Dina
4 approaches to understanding Dina (Leah) as an yatzanit (outgoer).
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-Rav Soloveitchik on Bamidbar
Parsha messages including: Two types of counting (focus on each individual’s worth); Following ways of ancestors; Being all in; The more holy, the more private.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Aveilut 13
Topics include: Shiva calls do’s and don’ts; Prayer in the beit avel; cemetery practices; Yahrtzeit fasting; Kaddish and Seudat havraah.
- Dr. Leslie Klein,Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff,Dr. Marc Shapiro-Contemporary Issues from a Historical Perspective
Why the current focus on modern Jewish history? What are the pros and cons of teaching “factual” history? What is the role of medrash? Specific applications discussed.
- Rabbi Menachem Brick-The after math of crisis; Rabbinic response in thought and psak
Possible lessons to be learned from Corona times.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Learning Kesuvim on Shabbos
What is the nature and scope of the prohibition of learning ketubim Shabbat afternoon? Does it apply today and what practices could be explained by it?
- Professor Chaim Saiman,Justice Sharon Shore,Rabbi Elli Fischer-Who Decides Who Decides? A Discussion on Halakhah, Authority, and the Shaping of Communal Norms
How is halachic authority attained? How does the delicate dance between the community and rabbinic authority work? How does halachic change differ in the orthodox community from other streams? It’s all about signaling and being (me-or believing you are) a kehilla kedosha (holy community).
- Rav Binyamin Tabory Understanding Minhagim #25,- Shavuot
Shavuot issues including: Megila reading and brachot. Learning/tikkun all night and flowers in shul.
- Rav Jonathan Ziring -The Process of Pesak Halacha 26: Slippery Slope (1): What Motivates Rabbinic Protective Measures?
How did Chazal decide on policy takanot in the light of slippery slope considerations? It’s a function of the perception of the danger, the likelihood of occurrence and the cost of being wrong. Reopening the shuls is a good example.
- Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Aveilut 14
Aveilut series covering: Beit avel, Issur mlacha and exceptions 3 day rule, bathing and make-up.
- Rav Asher Weiss- עירוב תבשילין בתקופת הקורונה
Understanding eruv tavshilin, does hoil (visitors may come) work when under quarantine? (yes)
- Rabbi Ezra Schwartz-Source and Reasons for Eating Milchigs on Shavuos
Shavuot into Shabbat topics including: eruv tavshilin, candle lighting and how much benefit is required to allow mlacha on yom tov.
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