by Joel Rich
There’s a difference of opinion as to whether a parent can waive the twelve month aveilut for their child. What are the arguments both ways for doing or not doing so?
To a pulpit rav:
Might want to tell your community members or individuals who are thinking about secular college experience about this: The base rate fallacy, also called base rate neglect or base rate bias, is a type of fallacy in which people tend to ignore the base rate (i.e., general prevalence) in favor of the individuating information (i.e., information pertaining only to a specific case). Base rate neglect is a specific form of the more general extension neglect.
You might also want to consider setting up programs so some of those role models who are in the workforce can connect with younger folks who are not going on the rabbinate track. Only setting up folks who are in the rabbinate as role models may not be that effective in these cases
Lastly on going into the rabbinates/teaching, I think the need for realistic expectations is important. We should certainly try to increase the supply with competitive compensation but in my humble opinion it more starts at a very young age understanding what it means to be a part of the people of destiny. I’m not sure we’ve done such a good job at that.
- Rabbi Nosson Rich-The Dangers of Pas Haba Bkisnin
Defining pot haba bkisnin is not simple issue nor is what the proper bracha to make in various situations. The magid shiur’s fatherr always had bread at a meal because he liked bread and he avoided brachot issues. He obviously was not a pure-bread (pun intended) Brisker (who only allow you to have one reason for any particular halacha).
- Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal-The Challah Crisis: An exploration of daily dilemmas in Jewish business law
How does halacha view damages from a contracted repair not delivered timely? Also covered takanat hashavim and rules concerning cash or replacing a lost item. Pshara is generally a good idea.
- Rabbi Shraga Kallus-Marriage And Sheva Berachot Mishaps
Lots of interesting sheva brachot technicalities – did he mention that there’s no chiyuv to make sheva brachot after the wedding?
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Use of Orthodox Built Chicago Mikveh by Conservative and Reform for Their Conversions. How and Why R’ Ahron Soloveichik Differed from The Rav and Rav Ahron’s Position on the Chicago Mikveh Dispute.
R Rakeffet seems OK with form over substance in conversions in Eretz Yisrael, if necessary. In terms of mikveh, there are meta-issues on both sides of the question of usage for conservative conversions.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Bava Basra Chaburah 149a-149b: Mitzvah Lekayem Divrei Hameis
Topics include: When is it required to follow divrei hameit? When does the saying something commit you to it? When is haarama appropriate and R Moshe on civil wills.
- Dr. Daniel J. Lasker-JUN 9, 2022-Karaism: The Other Judaism (Part 1)
The Rabbinates and Kariates each tell an origin story, neither is provable (or likely accurate). We have more information on Karaites starting from the ninth century concerning where they went and how they self-identified and why. How did they relate to Rabbinic Jews and vice versa?
- Rabbi Avishai David-Roe and Wade – Abortion in Halacha and Agada (Part 1)
Sources in the Talmud and Rishonim concerning halachic opinion on abortion. Is the halacha based on the unborn not being a nefesh (Rosh) or on being a rodef (Rambam)? How do we view a non-Jew qualitatively qua Jews.
- Rabbi Oren Neiman-Visiting Israel? The Halachic Implications Of Missing A Parsha
Is the chiyuv of kriat hatora on the individual and/or the tzibur and/or the individual within a tzibur? How does this inform on the traveler from Ch”ul who misses a parsha due to calendar issues?
- Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig-מנהג במוכר את הבית ואת הספינה ומנהג לעמוד בדין הסוחרים
What’s included in any standard sale is a function of the meaning of words used in this discussion, minhag hasochrim, and torah law. How these interact is subject to debate.
- Rabbi Beni Krohn .Rabbi Aharon Ciment-Mashgichim Q&A About Hashkafa
Topics include: dealing with kavod, shidduchim and marriage, learning from rebbeim and parents, “wherever you go, there you are” (HT Bukaroo Banzai) (It’s where you’re supposed to be); how to know what to do next (lol-one planner and one go with the flower), learning emunah, and working on midot.
- Rabbi Yehuda Turetsky-Loving Torah: Even In Trying Times? Achiezer and the Rogochover
We should learn joyfully and out of love for HKBH.
- Rabbi Moshe Kurtz-Star-Spangled Synagogue: Do National Flags Belong in Our Houses of Worship?
Is a flag a type of idol worship or representative of higher ideals? Maybe it doesn’t belong in a shul either way, but is it worth fighting about?
- Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Q&A- Plastic Surgery, Machlokes & Infertility Testing
Topics include: kochi vortzem yadi (It’s not all about you), homosexuality, (hate the sin love the sinner), hear death experiences (not dispositive about the existence of a soul, but nice), why are we only mkadesh with kesef? (good question), not everything that’s permitted should be done (kach mkublani mbeit avi abba), cosmetic surgery (OK in certain circumstances but consider inner beauty), fertility testing (OK), siyum (good idea, not chiyuv), Lubavitch moshiach/rebbi (wrong, but not heretical), history of mishna/gemara, women learning (individuals yes), shidduchim, (date till you know, then short engagement), precedent in halacha (strong but not omnipotent), social justice/kashrut certification (both are important but may be separate), smicha, baruch hu baruch shmo, and why we don’t learn nach (too challenging).
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Middos as an Indispensable Part of the Torah Experience
Bein adam lechaveiro is very important!
- Rabbi Zev Smith-Hurting Someone’s Feelings- Is It Ever Permissible?
Malbin pnei chaveiro is very bad but it sometimes happens in pursuit of toelet a greater (TBD). Do it as painlessly as possible when necessary. Specific applications discussed include: teachers, parents, students and baalei kria.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Talking Chinuch
Tips for effective Yeshiva HS chinuch.
- Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig-יישומים של מנהג הסוחרים: ירושת הבעל, חלוקת הנכסים בגירושין, תנאי שכירות, ופשיטת רגל
Examples where local practices (eg divorce settlements, rent control), “override” what halacha might’ve decreed. Is this all minhag hasochrim? Based on implied consent.
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich-Agunah
Agunot of different types have been an issue throughout history (eg soldiers, mumar) and halacha has dealt with them. The real problem started when the community no longer had enforcement powers granted by host societies. Review of various approaches provided.
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich -Bais Din forcing someone to give a Get
When can a bet din force a get? Usually when there are possible long periods of separation. A number of specific cases discussed.
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich-The Mechanics of Kinyan
The common law requires only a meeting of the minds but no physical act to transfer ownership. Halacha requires a “maaseh kinyan” which either creates gmirat daat or is that simply a required ritual. R Bleich views baalut as a reification of a metaphysical concept (attaching property to owner via tentacles).
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich-Names of cities
There are rules about city names in gittin to help with identification – State boundaries may change but rivers generally don’t! The main goal is exact identification.
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich-Heter Iska
A heter iska should not be a haarama! Description of how it works and when it doesn’t.
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-Can We Use Secular Dates
Opposition to secular use of dates seems rooted in Hungarian resistance to the haskala. TBC.
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-When Will Mashiach Come? Part 1: What is Mashiach?
Is moshiach about a person or a process of return and restoration? What’s the deal with Gog and Magog and Ben David vs. Beit Yosef? TBC (Me-Just do your job and let HKBH worry about the rest).
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-יחס של הרב עמיטל לחילונים, אידאלים בחיים שאינם בר מימוש במצב ה”נוכחי”
Torah is part of every Jews DNA and every Jew is part of Jewish destiny. We are in it for the long game and understand that there’s a long-term ideal but also short-term practical applications.
- Rav Asher Weiss- שאלה בחלה שהופרשה ע”י שליח
Who can be shoel on a reder bkodesh – the sholeach, the mishaleach or both?
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Parshas Behaalosehca
Parsha topics include: upside down nuns (separate sefer or go against the tide, brachot not in the gemara, R YBS on brachot of ozer and notein blayaeff, defining apikores, ikkarim, Moshe’s nevuah, kedushat cohain v levi, and thetwo functions of Sanhedrin.
- Mrs. Michal Horowitz-“We Are Journeying”: Longing, Continuing, and Realizing The Age Old Journey to the Promised Land
Lessons of the upside down nuns and the importance of yishuv eretz yisrael and our resistance there.
- Rabbi Michoel Zylberman-Parity of Litigants and Remote Appearances: A Recent Psak
Bet din has certain discretion to require litigants to appear in reason or of to have a representative to appear by zoom.
- Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich-Sheimot B’Get
What names are used in gittin when the birth name is never or hardly ever used? (goal=exact identification)
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