Audio Roundup 2022:29

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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[1] 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).[2] 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.


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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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