Audio Roundup 2022:31

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by Joel Rich

The Grasshopper Effect and Other Defects in Modern Orthodox Leadership |
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.

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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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