Audio Roundup 2021:28

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by Joel Rich

From David Brooks: Over the past few decades, social media, the meritocracy and celebrity culture have fused to form a modern culture that is almost pagan in its values. That is, it places tremendous emphasis on competitive display, personal achievement and the idea that physical beauty is an external sign of moral beauty and overall worth.

From Jeremiah (and the Rich family coat of arms): ירמיהו פרק ט פסוק כב – כג
(כב) כֹּ֣ה׀ אָמַ֣ר יְקֹוָ֗ק אַל־יִתְהַלֵּ֤ל חָכָם֙ בְּחָכְמָת֔וֹ וְאַל־יִתְהַלֵּ֥ל הַגִּבּ֖וֹר בִּגְבֽוּרָת֑וֹ אַל־יִתְהַלֵּ֥ל עָשִׁ֖יר בְּעָשְׁרֽוֹ:
(כג) כִּ֣י אִם־בְּזֹ֞את יִתְהַלֵּ֣ל הַמִּתְהַלֵּ֗ל הַשְׂכֵּל֘ וְיָדֹ֣עַ אוֹתִי֒ כִּ֚י אֲנִ֣י יְקֹוָ֔ק עֹ֥שֶׂה חֶ֛סֶד מִשְׁפָּ֥ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה בָּאָ֑רֶץ כִּֽי־בְאֵ֥לֶּה חָפַ֖צְתִּי נְאֻם־יְקֹוָֽק: ס

Your thoughts?

Thought experiment: In the near future, virtual reality [VR] becomes available in a manner in which once connected, no difference can be perceived from actual reality. A physical support system is also available such that there is never a need to be physically disconnected from VR. In the virtual world one could “do” more mitzvot than in the real world. Is one permitted, required or forbidden to live full time in this virtual world? Would your answer be different for one suffering from ALS?

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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.

One comment

  1. Rabbi Asher Weiss-Q and A with Rav Asher Weiss in North Woodmere
    PLEASE NOTE: I humbly request that you listen beginning at 54 minutes, and share your thoughts

    Rabbi Weiss takes the position which certainly is consistent with Chasidus of a very expansive form of hashgachas pratitis.
    Rabbi Weiss claims that all achronim essentially pasken unlike Rishonim who are split in terms of how expansive hashgacha parties is.. IIRC in the first few issues of Torah Umaddah there was an exchange on this issue.
    Issue is certainly worth a post.FWIW the view of Rabbi Weiss on this issue is different than the general viewpoint I believe I was taught. Worthwhile discussing- with the history and different viewpoints on this issue.

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