Audio Roundup 2022:24

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by Joel Rich

Orthodoxy/Abortion/Roe comment:
Nuances always hard to communicate. I would simply say that we shouldn’t be taking a position on the cases but just explaining what our general position is on the issues.

I also appreciate it what you said concerning abortion and authorities who are stringent don’t get asked questions anymore. I think this is a dynamic that bears further analysis. Similarly, what are the factors that have turned from the stringent opinion to the lenient opinion being the majority over a generation. Do we see something similar about who is the parent in all the various fertility approaches?

Comment to someone on sources concerning paying doctors:
In general, these are all examples of not being paid to do mitzvot. There is room to say that you can get paid for ancillaries as in transportation. Pretty much the same arguments Are made for paying Rabbis to teach as for MDs been paid. In my humble opinion the rabbi’s realized that society generally would not function without paid doctors and rabbis and thus found workarounds. Life is complex and sometimes requires compromise. Of course, the challenge is who decides on which compromises and for whom?

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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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