Audio Roundup 2021:4

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by Joel Rich

About 50 years ago if I recall correctly I heard R’ N Alpert ZT”L say that the reason we don’t say a bracha sheasani yisrael is that HKBH can only give us the opportunity to be so but it is up to us to make ourselves so.
It has stuck with me a long time.

Thoughts on the following as applied to Rabbi JB Soloveitchik?

James Gleick-“There are two kinds of geniuses: the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘magicians’. An ordinary genius is a fellow whom you and I would be just as good as, if we were only many times better. There is no mystery as to how his mind works. Once we understand what they’ve done, we feel certain that we, too, could have done it. It is different with the magicians. Even after we understand what they have done it is completely dark. Richard Feynman is a magician of the highest caliber.”

The Feynman Algorithm:
Write down the problem.
Think real hard.
Write down the solution.
The Feynman algorithm was facetiously suggested by Murray Gell-Mann, a colleague of Feynman, in a New York Times interview.

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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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