Audio Roundup 2021:24

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by Joel Rich

ערוך השולחן חושן משפט סימן תכז סעיף יא
כמו שהזהירה התורה על נפשו וממונו של חבירו כמו כן הזהירתו על שמירת נפשו וממונו שאין להוציאם על דברים של מה בכך ואין לאדם להוציא ממונו רק על הכרחיותו כדרך האנשים המכובדים ועל צדקות וגמ”ח שהם מהדברים שאוכלין פירותיהן בעוה”ז והקרן קיימת לעוה”ב והשם יתברך יזכנו לעולם שכולו טוב ולעולם שכולו ארוך אמן ואמן: My Translation. Just as the Torah warns one concerning the life and assets of their friend, so too it warns concerning one’s own life and assets that one should not spend them on things of non-material value and one should only spend their assets on needed items as do honorable individuals and on charity and good deeds which are the things that one receives investment return in this world and return of principle in the world to come. HKB”H should grant us a world of all good and everlasting amen amen Thoughts?

ערוך השולחן יורה דעה סימן קטו סעיף ו
כולם על פניהם על חטאם הגדול שאכלו טרפות ובשר בחלב והבעה”ב התודה לפני וצעק בקול כמה גדולים דברי חכמים ובאמת כך מקובלני שכל גזירת חכמים לבד טעמם הנגלה יש עוד הרבה טעמים כמוסים שלא גילו אותם והשומע ישא ברכה מאת ד’ וישולם גמולו [וביחוד שמעתי שבאמעריקא יש רבים מהאומות ששותים חלב חזיר מפני שמצויים שם הרבה]:
Rough translation (after story of how some ignored chalav akum rules and then found out they had drunk basar vchalav cooked concoction “they all fell on their faces due to their great sin that they ate treif and basar vchalav and they cried out how great are the words of the sages, and truthfully thus I received that all the Sages enactments in addition to the revealed reasons there are many other hidden reasons that they did not reveal and he who listens will carry a blessing[and specifically I heard that in America there are many of the nations who drink pigs milk because there are many of them there]

Me-so how can we ever take into account changes in circumstances (e.g. Rabbeinu Tam on klei shir or how we skirt medicine on shabbat rules)

Research opportunity-pig milk consumption in the late 19th century?
Wiki says-Pig milk is not considered suitable for human consumption or commercial production for a number of reasons. Pigs are considered difficult to milk. The sow herself is reluctant to be milked, may be uncooperative or become spooked by human presence, and lactating pigs may be quite aggressive.

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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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