Audio Roundup 2021:7

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by Joel Rich

“There are leaders of the community who have blood on their hands, and it’s the blood of my mother and of many others,” Meshi-Zahav said.

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav -“I called everyone asking them to stop the party. I called my mother and asked her not to do it and spoke to other family members,” he said.

“I said it’s dangerous, don’t do it. But they live in a place where the atmosphere was different than in other places.”

Me-Rambam Deot 6:1

It is a natural tendency of man to be influenced in his ideas and conduct by his fellows and associates, and to follow the usage of the people of his state. Because thereof, it is necessary for man to be in the company of the righteous….. and to distance himself from the evil-doers …….. Likewise, if a man be in a state where evil customs prevail and where the people are not following the righteous ways, he should go to a place where the inhabitants are righteous and follow the way of the good. If all the states known to him, or of which intelligence reached him, be followers of a path which is not good, even as it is in our own times, or if he be unable to migrate to a state whose rules of conduct are good, either on account of military operations or on account of sickness, he should isolate himself and live in seclusion, even as it is said on the subject: “Let him sit alone and keep silence” (Lam. 3.28). And, if the inhabitants of his state be evildoers and sinners, who deny him the right of residence in the state unless he become assimilated with them, and follows their evil conduct, he should go forth and dwell in caves, or cliffs, or deserts, but not accustom himself in the way of the sinners………………….


“You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with,” a quote attributed most often to motivational speaker Jim Rohn.

Interesting article by R’ S. Brody in the upcoming Hakira concerning parents waiving their “right” to mourning after shloshim. My question, almost partially addressed in the article, is assuming such a waiver is effective, is it what HKB”H wants of us?
Such a waiver certainly would help the children avoid difficult issues, not just event related such as weddings, but every day issues as well. Assumedly they could still choose to observe the strictures they choose but from a strictly halachic basis will their reward (as a stand in for HKBH’s happiness) be as great? From a hashkafic viewpoint is the waiver sending the right message?

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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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