by Joel Rich
Sean Carroll interviews Maria konnikova on his Mindscape podcast
It’s almost monkly or Saintly this idea that the process and what we do is what we should be focusing our judgment on not the outcome. In the real world the idea of being results oriented sounds like accomplishment
From a blog post on diversity:
But I wonder: To what extent do people who favor such training, actually implement this?
As with just about any “training” in corporateland (e.g. diversity, effective writing…..) the answer will be dependent on whether this is a one and done event or something that becomes ingrained in the corporate culture (through management, peer review, water cooler conversations….) Just as Eliyahu Hanavi found out after his showdown with the neviei habaal – even one time miracles don’t change most people (I Kings 18:20-39).. Change is often a slog – as the Lovin Spoonful almost said
“And then you know you’d better make up your mind to change.
And pick up on one and leave the other behind.
It’s not often easy and not often kind.
Did you ever have to make up your mind to change?”
- Rabbis at Risk: A Panel Discussion
Some interesting discussion of what makes a good pulpit Rabbi, how they should be trained and what support they need. (me – ask me about job descriptions, review procedures and hard conversations)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Are Kohanim Today Considered Definite or Safeik?
Are kohanim today considered kohanim on a torah basis?
- Rabbi Aryeh Leibowitz-Yiras Shamayim: A Definition
Rambam hilchot yesodei hatorah – true yirah is awe (of HKB”H’s greatness)
- Rabbi Simcha Krauss-The Halakhic Methodology of Rav Soloveitchik (Renewing Our Spirit 2014)
R’YBS’s methodology (inherited from R’Chaim) discussed (e.g. kiyum vs maaseh) with examples given.
- Dr. Yonatan Feintuch-Uncovering Different Approaches to Davening Between the Bavli and the Yerushalmi
The Bavli and Yerushalmi have parallel, yet differing, sugyot on individuals endangered by praying intensely in the presence of officers who could harm them. Perhaps one message is about how disconnected from the world one should be for tfila. Another message is related to how seriously to take prayer (but don’t give up your life for it)
- Dr. Moshe Koppel-Hazal’s Theory of Probability (Renewing Our Spirit 2013)
Perhaps the modern probability definitions (classical [=counting as in gambling], frequency (as in actuarial insurance) and subjectives [as in chance of war with china]) map onto Chazal’s ruba d’ita kamam [hachraa], ruba dleta kaman [hanhaga] and something they gave no halachic credence.
- Rabbi Morris Wruble-Next Year in Jerusalem: Do We Really Mean It?7
(The speaker is a tribute to MTA ’69 and YU ’73). Now (always) is the time to come home!
- Rabbi Benyamin Goldschmidt- Rav Yitschak Pindrus – Zeev Elkin-Eli Groner-6/20/20 – Show 277 – Being Frum in Politics Halachic challenges of being Frum in politics; behind-the-scenes stories and dilemmas from the halls of power; what is the opinion of the gedolei Yisroel on frum people in politics; why are many going to secular parties?
Money quote from a chareidi party representative concerning their challenges/role in the Israeli government (in decreasing priority order): (1) “To make sure the frum community in Eretz Yisrael should get the regular rights that every resident gets” (2) make a kiddush hashem (3) make sure the country should function. No decisions get made without R’Edelstein and R’Kanievsky (vs. Likud/frum representatives who take personal responsibility.)
Reminds me of the NY motto, “Where’s mine?” (whatever happened to the greater good?)
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Shelach Visiting a Cemetery: What is the Real Purpose?
Don’t pray to the dead, the rest is commentary – but follow your minhag.
- Rabbi Mordechai Willig-Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Jewish Law
Q&A including: Taxes and other financial obligations (pay them); Paying cash if you suspect it’s for tax avoidance; Moshiach from the dead; Shabbat issues with non ben brit help; Brushing hair on Shabbat; Heart transplants; Why didn’t R’YBS make aliyah; Fertility issues – who is the mother; Bulbs as candles and Shabbat make up.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Shelach 5780
Parsha insights including: R’YBS on why Moshe sent mraglim (me – saying they misunderstood just kicks the can down the road a bit); who counts for a minyan?; Admission of sin is key; R’Lessin – say vidui every year on old sins because as we grow we more realize how negative they are; Yehoshua could’ve been too humble to oppose other mraglim; Tzibbur is more than a large partnership; Hidden years of the beit hamikdash; Agricultural gifts outside of Israel and related brachot; Trumot, maasrot, challah and shechita-mitzva or matir?; Mkosheish penalty; Tzitzit – two mitzvot or one (tcheilet vs. lavan) and other related issues.
- Rav Binyamin Tabory -Understanding Minhagim #29 – Wedding Customs
Wedding customs including: Chatan renting the chuppah and/or yichud rooms; when to sign the ketubah; Drinking from the kos (birchat erusin) and who says the brachot.
- Rabbi Moshe Weinberger-Meaningful People – Conversation with Rav Moshe Weinberger
R’Weinberger’s history and approach to rabbanut.
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Riding to Shul On a Bicycle On Shabbat or Yom Tov
Don’t use a bike on Shabbat – mostly for meta-halachic reasons.
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-ואספת דגנך – Balancing Emunah and Hishtadlus – Part 1
Making sense of the various opinions (R’Yishmael and R’Shimon bar Yochai) on learning torah vs other (required?) activities.
- Dr. Ari Zivotofsky- Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim: The Oldest Animal Welfare Code Confronts Modern Issues (Part 1)
There are a number of mitzvot dealing with an mak (eg feed them first)
Discussion of tzaar baalei chaim – duraita or drabbanan and what is its scope?
R’A Weiss on ratzon hatorah being revealed through other mitzvot and tanach stories.
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-Demystifying Eilu v’ailu Divrei Chaim
Introduction to Eilu V’eilu – it’s all about the ratzon hashem.
- Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-The Basics of Korbanos: קרבן חטאת
Some details on the karban chatat – is it defined by kappara (atonement) or purification?
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-Hilchos Muktza – Reusing Disposable Cups
Muktzeh status is a function of how the owner looks at the item (not how you look at it!)
- Naomi Seidman-Beginnings: Sarah Schenirer between Vienna and Krakow (Part 1)
First in a series concerning the history of the beis yaakov movement which started as a response to mass OTD by young girls sent to outside schools by law. It wasn’t supported by Agudah and was diverse in a number of ways. (Belated spoiler alert – don’t listen to this series if you are subject to Colonel Jessup’s truth admonition)
- Rav Jonathan Ziring-The Process of Pesak Halacha 30: Chillul Hashem as a Factor in Pesak and Halachic Policy
Chillul and Kiddush hashem are meta issues often directly or indirectly taken into account in psak.
- Naomi SeidmanBeginnings: Sarah Schenirer between Vienna and Krakow (Part 2)
Further discussion of the mass OTD by young girls and the relationship to the sex trade. There was a realization that education was needed, especially in the Chassidish Community. Beis Yaakov was like a chassidus led by a woman (some might say cult)
- Dr. Marc Shapiro-The Making of My Most Recent Book, A Thirty-Year Story-Part 6
Topics include: Why don’t Rabbis stick with particular poskim when they don’t like the answer (channeling me?); Glatt Kosher; Fax on Shabbat; Eruv; R’Chaim on not fasting in modern times, and disagreeing with the Shulchan Aruch.
- Rabbi Adam Mintz-Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer Ben Hyrcanus: Forming the Rabbinic Tradition
R’Akiva and R’Eliezer – review of their bios and personalities which play an important role in understanding their torah.
- Rabbi Jonathan Muskat-Common Kashrut Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Kashrut basics including: taste transfer; kli rishon; ben yomo et al
- Dr. Daniel J. Lasker-Maimonides on Christianity and Islam
The Rambam viewed Xtian as idol worship and Isla as monotheism but both of them advance the world through spreading the idea of moshiach.
- Rabbi Reuven Ziegler-Self-Revelation in Rav Soloveitchik’s Writings
A brief bio of R’YBS and why he would discuss his personal experience in public shiurim but not in private. R’YBS looked at things through man’s eyes vs. Rambam who looked at them through HKB”H’s.
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Shitas HaRambam on Tefillah Part 1
Part I on the Rambam on prayer. Tfila as a Torah commandment reinforces its nature as avodah. It demonstrates our total dependence on HKB”H.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Considerations When Buying or Writing a Sefer Torah Part 1
Part I on the mitzvah of buying a sefer torah today. Should you do it? What should you look for?
- Dr. Kenneth Hart Green-Did Maimonides Hide What He Really Thought About Judaism?
Strauss’s take on the Rambam (especially in the Moreh). We need to develop the spirituality elite who seek to uncover the truth in their search for knowledge (within the law) while keeping the simple faithful in the system. Did the Rambam have any doubt?
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