Audio Roundup 2020:25

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by Joel Rich

To a pulpit rabbi:

I strongly support a recent discussion concerning return to synagogue. I do have to say that there’s one point that I deeply disagree on. Maybe it’s a matter of nuance that cannot be communicated in trying times to the general public.

I don’t believe that flattening the curve has no halachic import. In fact as a community we are always making this kind of trade off. If not why wouldn’t we spend every dollar we have on improving public health. The answer per R’ Schachter and R’ Weiss is that’s the way the world operates.

Bottom line risk reward tradeoffs are often very difficult. Personally I’d prefer we be more open and honest about them and have public discussion but realize that may not be practical

If there is no halachic kiyum in a “virtual minyan” then the value imho is in any additional impetus to greater avodat hashem felt by the individuals – this can include feelings of community etc. today(when written) is avi mori’s yahrtzeit and personally i feel that pesach prep, learning etc. is what my avodah is today without saying kaddish. full stop.

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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