Audio Roundup 2022:30

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by Joel Rich

Looking for mamarei chazal making these points:

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

There is no
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?


The Rambam (Malachim 5:2) codifies the Mishna (Sanhedrin 20b) “umotzi lmilchemet hareshut al pi bet din shel shivim vechad” When studying this, I wondered what criteria bet din would use to approve the war. I was surprised to find that Rashi (Brachot 3b) {the court prays} and Maharsha (Sanhedrin 16a) (they clarify halachic issues in war) do not see it as a consent function. Do you assume that other authorities (other than chidushei hararn who agrees there’s no consent function) think it’s a consent function? If so, what are the criteria that Sanhedrin should use in deciding whether to consent? Also why then is kibbush yachid so different in result than kibbush rabim (see hilchot mlachim 5:6)


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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, 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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five 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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