Audio Roundup 2020:37

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by Joel Rich

Question raised: That has reawakened in me the question of why did Chazal cancel shiva

because of Yom tov?

My answer:As one who sat shiva at the cemetery on erev Pesach, I tried to keep in mind R’YBS’s insight into true simcha as being lfnai hashem (which is what we’re supposed to be on shalosh regalim). Seeing it through HKB”H’s eyes it’s all good (we are human and so don’t experience it as such). So: She-nir’eh et nehamat Yerushalayim u-binyanah bi-mherah ve-yamenu, which will allow us all to see more clearly

Sheldon Solomon is a social psychologist at Skidmore College. He earned his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas. He is best known for developing terror management theory, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski which is concerned with how humans deal with their own sense of mortality

Sheldon Solomon – “I feel like there’s a real sense in which doing these studies and writing books and lecturing has been my way of avoiding directly confronting my anxieties by turning it (me – fear of death) into an intellectual exercise” [Me – sounds like it could’ve been said by R’Chaim]

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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