Audio Roundup 2021:1

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by Joel Rich

IIRC codifiers (Rambam, Tur et al) point to geographic and social upheavals (dating back to codification of the mishna) as the reason for the need for codes.

As my friend R’ OY Glickman Z”L once mentioned to me -no one rang a bell and said from 12PM tonight begins the time of the achronim. Much as R’ Schachter often comments that the amoraim could have argued with tannaim but chose not to, eras will be determined by the participants’ choices as whether to see themselves as a different era (I’ve heard we are in the era of the masfim -collectors)

IMHO the biggest corona impact will be the slippery slope/tipping point impact of the “shaat hadchak” psakim and the rethinking of attachment to traditional social models of our institutions


A recent podcast claimed that being terrified of our own mortality is a universal state of being. Is that empirically true of our community? Should it be? See Rambam Hilchot Tshuva 7:2.


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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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