Audio Roundup 2020:27

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by Joel Rich

II wanted to bounce an idea off of you all.
I’m doing an ongoing class in Rambam’s Hilchot Yesodei Hatorah
Last week we compared the Rambam’s concept of “knowing” (cognitively) Of God’s existence with Rav Lichtenstein’s Source of Faith piece which focuses on experience.

It seems to me that there was a fundamental paradigm shift (as defined by Thomas Kuhn) probably with the enlightenment and scientific revolution at al

In thinking about it I would say in general that the traditional yeshiva beit medrash approach ( as articulated by the Rav)does not look at paradigm shift but independent continuity of a unique discipline of halachic man yet here it seems to have taken place

I’m not sure that came out as clearly as I might’ve liked but I hope you get the general idea. Thoughts?

Of course, as is generally true of information technology, the power contains risks, and raised questions. Will a local rabbi’s authority be undermined when his congregants can find (and disseminate) dissenting (or ostensibly so) opinions online or from a different shul’s electronic bulletin? Might our article in English about strategies for laining as Israeli minyanim opened embolden some distant readers to buck their local guidelines, where even “mirpeset minyanim” were forbidden? Or could discussion of the scenario be used incorrectly if matters took a change for the worse in the same place? Broadly speaking, the danger of Torah guidance being misapplied has always existed, but gains outweigh losses when done properly. Accuracy and sensitivity to nuance in writing are important in helping, but not eliminating, the problem. Thoughts?

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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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