Audio Roundup 2022:4

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by Joel Rich

John Kennedy said the ancient Greeks defined happiness as the full use of powers along lines of excellence.
It struck me that this was very similar to an insight I heard from Rabbi Nissan Alpert Z”L discussing Yaakov‘s blessing to Yissachar.
14 Issachar is a large-boned ass, couching down between the sheep-folds. 15 For he saw a resting-place that it was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant under task-work
How does the second half of working hard follow logically from the first half of finding a pleasant land? Rabbi Alpert commented that the Jewish definition of happiness or satisfaction is working hard to fulfill God’s will in this world.

A conversation re the future of MO:

Me- It will definitely be interesting to see. I feel that my generation (including me) was not successful in creating a MO model that would work in the United States.

Someone I respect-I agree with a diagnosis I just don’t think it was anyone’s fault I don’t believe that approach is sustainable long-term in the United States

It was a powerful and effective way of preserving post World War II Judaism facing Indescribable cultural pressure

Me- OTOH there’s the Rav’s 14th ani maamin -shekol hatora kula ychola lhiskayem bchol makom uvchol zman


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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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