Audio Roundup 2022:26

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by Joel Rich

So perhaps you can help me think this through? The Rambam in hilchot tshuva (8:1) seems to imply that the punishment for the wicked is that they will cease to exist – meaning to me that they will not participate in the world to come. If this is so, it seems to me that Pascal’s wager seems less of a challenge. It would seem that the player could take enjoyment in this world and only risk nonexistence (and thus not know what he missed out on) and take his chances that reward in the world to come would be more pleasurable but he’ll never really feel that loss. Since he’ll never be aware of the downside how would you convince him not to take the immediate gain? Perhaps this is the reason that other commentaries read into the Rambam elsewhere that he did believe in eternal damnation?

My note to a tora yid about my company’s automatic email response:
It’s a long story 🙂 but in any event as I told people I only retired from the Segal company but there is no Jewish full retirement. My current single boss’s compensation plan is much more lucrative but so much more demanding. His motto seems to be the day is short, the work is much, the master’s demanding and the workers are lazy.

My correspondent then asked for a specific bracha

My response: I don’t give brachot- you’re not an apple 😁
I do pray, but I’m not smart enough to know what’s best so it’s a much more simple prayer – that U always fulfill the ratzon Hashem to the greatest extent possible

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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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