by Joel Rich
The Grasshopper Effect and Other Defects in Modern Orthodox Leadership | jewishideas.org
There’s an awful lot in here. In general, I certainly agree that if one has self-esteem about their approach to life, then they need not worry about somebody having a different approach. In my mind, and this is not something that I’ve ever been able to gather data on so it’s just observational, the grasshopper effect for modern orthodoxy is that many of its adherents are not truly grounded in a philosophy but are MO because it supports their compromises in lifestyle. In other words, they view themselves as grasshoppers because they think that they are living a life of compromise.
Just a thought. Sometimes it seems to me that there may have been original reasons for a practice but that practice then becomes something more like normative law detached from the reasons. An example might be turning around for lcha dodi. Originally and they have been to face the worst or to face the doors etc. but in many communities, it has just become to turn around.
- Rav Giftar ,Rav Soloveichik , Eric Baxter Esq,Rabbi Efrem Goldberg,Reb Yaakov Sasson-7/2/22 – Shiur 377 – The Court’s ruling: LBGTQIA clubs at Yeshiva University: What comes next?
Excellent presentation by the attorney for YU concerning the issues in the court case. Is the formation of a LGBTQ+ club considered chanifa/yehareig val yaver? How do we relate to people/groups of violators?
Historical parallels discussed – when is there a threat of a change in the basic nature of the Yeshiva (and what were the historical reactions in such cases)?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Camp Kaylie Counselors Shiur – Hats for Davening
Davening dress should reflect one’s “seriousness” of purpose as defined by local standards (me-hat = subjective practice turned into normative law)
- Rabbi Zev Smith-Tefillin: Lefty Righty, The Switch Hitter
What criteria do we use to determine which arm to put tfilin on in non-standard cases (eg ambidextrous, multi dexterous, etc)?
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Chukos Akum part 6: The Red Bendel (string)
Red bendels are probably against the tosefta but we are mlamed zchut for people who have that mesora (me-perhaps see Rambam avodah zara 11:16)
- Rabbi Yoni Mandelstam-Halachik Perspectives on Breakaway Shuls and House Minyanim
How do we view breakaway or newly formed minyanim in a community with a minyan – is the default position guilty until proven innocent or vice versa? The key is what’s the motivation for the formation.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Shiur Pesichah to Geirus
We are required to love the convert and not to afflict him (lo tonu) especially in court. Why must he respect his (former) parents? (Perhaps a universal requirement of hakarat hatov)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Hilchos Geirus Shiur 01 – Discouraging Geirim, The Mitzvah of Geirus
There are a number of interpretations of the Talmud’s statement concerning a convert’s being a sapachat (me- are these based on a mesora or the individual poseik’s worldview) How do we understand what mitzvah is implied by the birchat hamitzvah and how do we understand the concept of kkatan hanolad dami?
- Dr. Tova Ganzel-Ganzel-From the End of the Kingdom of Judah to the Return to Zion (Part 2).mp3
Why did Yechezkeil give such a detailed description of HKBH?
Yechezkeil(Bavel) was in conversation with Yirmiyahu(Israel). Yerushalyaim, even with the Bet Mikdash existing, was no longer the Jewish national center. HKBH moved on to Bavel (this becomes theology of galut)
- Rabbi Yona Reiss-Presentation on Chalitza
Review of the chalitza process from the triggering of the requirement to the last step (pun intended). Specific cases discussed.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Musical Hallel
Do musical Instruments and song have a place in prayer? Are there issues of chukat hagoyim or lo titgodidu by some orthodox groups following reformers)? It’s probably best to save the music until after the formal davening.
- Rabbi Yehuda Mann-Prisoner exchange in Halacha
The gemara tells us of circumstances where we can’t redeem hostages (impoverish the community or encourage hostage taking) and exceptions to the rule.
- Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman-Living a Full Life of Avodas Hashem
All of life is about avodat hashem (both in planting and davening)
- Rav Asher Weiss-תורת כלי בדיני התורה
The definition of kli differs b application (eg tuma, Shabbat, netilat yadayim and kiddush)
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Korach Speaking Lashon HaRa About Contentious Individuals
A shliach bet din can report to the bet din, even if the report contains lashon hora. The Yerushalmi seems to allow lashon hora about a baal machloket but not everyone quotes it lhalacha and there may be significant restrictions.
- Rabbi Michoel Zylberman-Korach: Pidyon Haben with Paper Money
Is fiat money like coinage or a shtar (contract)? Might the answer differ between applications (eg pidyon (lamakom) vs loan payment (lchaveiro). Different opinions provided.
- Rabbi Isaac Rice-The Case of the Pidyon HaBen and the Non-Jewish Father
What’s the status as far as pidyon habein for the son of a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father? Is it best for him to wait till he’s bar mitzva and podeh himself or should the bet din to do it at day 30?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Geirus Shiur 03 – Serarah
Focus on R Moshe’s tshuva on defining srara for application to women and geirim – which roles/positions might be problematic?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbi’s Desk – Splitting the Last of the Sheva Berachos
What are the requirements for nissuin/chupa? How existentially equivalent are shomea and oneh?
- Shulie Mishkin–Sanctuaries and Sanctity-The Development of the Synagogue in the Land of Israel (Part 4).mp3
Interesting history of Tzfat (crusaders, marmaluks and kabalists) and its prayer practices and shuls (Ari and R Yosef Karo)
- \Rabbi Shraga Kallus-Burying In Layers Of Controvesy At Har Menuchot
Jerusalem’s building of graves into a mountainside has halachic precedents but it’s not being done properly.
- Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Rambam’s Shmona Prakim – The Kochos of Soul
First chapter of Rambam’s shmoneh prakim defining five parts of human soul: zan, margish, mdameh, mtlaveh and the seichel.
- Rabbi Ari Shvat (Chwat)-Decisions: When Should We Use Experience, Logic or Kabbala to Decide?
The proper order of application in decision making is experience first, then logic and only then Kabala.2
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Kaylie Counselor Shiur – Jackets for Davening
The Aruch Hashulchan says to wear a jacket or tallit for davening. The jacket should be worn properly (not on one arm or hanging on the shoulders). It’s also best that one’s arms be covered during tfila. The respectful dress test.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Attending a Parent’s Second Wedding
There’s a custom in some circles for children not to attend a parent’s 2nd marriage. It doesn’t seem well grounded but there are lots of guesses as to where it came from
- Rabbi Sariel Malitzky-Pay to Travel: Understanding Tefilas Haderech
Is tfilat haderech about asking permission or gaining protection? Is it different today because of changes in society and transportation? What were the actual practices of the gedolim?
- Rabbi Daniel Hartstein-Will Smith In Halacha: Can One Rebuke?
One should give rebuke for the right reasons and consider the impact on the recipient and the giver.
- Rabbi Sariel Malitzky-Here is a Dollar: Giving Shaliach Mitzvah Money
Shliach mitzvah money is a relatively recent minhag. Perhaps it seeks to make a chibur with HKBH and thus is a segula/inyan. There’s much discussion of shluchei mitzvah einan nizakin vs. shicha hazeika perhaps then it’s not as a punishment.
Nice R YBS insight – bitachon starts where histadlut ends.
- Rabbi Judah Kerbel-The Million Dollar Question: How Long Should Davening Be?
Tfila should be meaningful but not a burden (tircha dtzibura). (Did I mention finding a balance dynamic is important in life?)
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Providing Non Kosher Food to a Cancer Patient Who Has a Craving
While we generally won’t allow someone to sin at a lessor level in order to keep someone else from sinning at a higher level, violating a negative commandment to save a life is a mitzvah and thus allowed.
- Rabbi Shraga Kallus-Why Don’t Women Wear Yarmulkas? (Mishna Berura Series E10 – Siman 1 Part 10)
Walking bkoma zkufa (haughtily) is totally prohibited unlike walking without head covering (except in bet medrash).
Why don’t women wear kippot?
What’s the deal with saying hitkabel mchubadim when entering the bathroom
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