Audio Roundup Special: Beyond Agriculture Shemittah Conference

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by Joel Rich

Beyond Agriculture Shemittah Conference -Kollel Elyon Chaburah


Just a Thought to a maggid shiur:

Certainly if one looks at expected return on investment, the lottery is not a good deal and your reflection on it as a tax on the foolish is appropriate.

My mother zll”hh quoted my paternal grandfather Z”L as saying that for some people it was a worthwhile investment because it gave them hope. I might actuarialize it by saying if you feel that you have no better chance at life having that extra dollar or dollars over time, it may be worthwhile to gamble everything because losing will not leave you any worse off

Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Beyond Agriculture Shemittah Conference Introduction

The Wexner Kollel is producing future torah leaders (R’YBS hesped for R COG -tzitz and choshen)

Rabbi Robbie Schrier-Exploring the Parameters of Accepting Charitable Funds and Tuition Assistance

Under what circumstances and conditions can the needy (TBD) take communal funds? How much can they take?,-voluntary-unemployment,-and-the-implications-for-society/

Rabbi Shai Kaminetzky-Stimulus Checks, Voluntary Unemployment, and the Implications for Society

The lesson of shmita is that HKBH is in charge of our finances (both borrowers and lenders). While an ideal may be to eliminate poverty, another ideal is to provide for oneself.,-morality,-and-the-ideal-jewish-society/

Rabbi Tzvi Benoff-Bankruptcy in Halakha, Morality, and the Ideal Jewish Society

The scope of the application of a secular bankruptcy law to our community is dependent on the intersection of minhag hasochrim, dina dmalchuta, and halacha. If permitted, is it worthwhile for us to adopt or even embrace it?

Rabbi Shimmy Steinmetz-The Moral Implications of Debt Transfer

Halacha establishes both a shibbud haguf (personal liability) and a shibbud nechasim (monetary liability) when a loan occurs. The shibbud haguf survives the sale of the loan! This may only be for loans but not for other debts. Why? The message of shmita is that HKBH is in charge.

Rabbi Meir Finkelstein-Capitalism vs. Socialism: The Torah’s View of Private Ownership

The torah wouldn’t like communism but what about capitalism versus socialism? It’s all about recognizing torah values – shmitta shows us we need to maintain a healthy balance in society.

Rabbi Tyler Pere-Should the Rich Pay More? A Torah View of Progressive Taxation

It seems that for some community needs (defense, water) everyone in the community could be forced to pay, while for others, only those who use the facility pay. Perhaps the difference is essential vs. non-essential “needs”. How are costs allocated amongst community members? (minhag!)


About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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