Audio Roundup 2021:5

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by Joel Rich

On belief based on personal experience:
A pure rationalist would separate himself from his own experience and analyze starting with how many people there are, how many situations similar to his own,….. and determine based on the entire sample space (ex. one person has a dream that someone they know got sick, and they actually did. analysis-how many dreams were dreamt in the world, how many about friends, how many sick, how many did get sick…)

Me-How do we take this into account in our emunah process?


Understanding how certain practices change over time:
Imho this is a process which plays out historically without a clear algorithm. Only through the eyes of retrospection (e.g. the aruch hashulchan) is the result koshered (see hilchot aveilut as an example)

Thoughts? 2


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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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