Audio Roundup 2022:33

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by Joel Rich

Poster-I have always found it strange that those who have made Aliyah want others to do the same, yet are unconcerned about the large numbers of Israelis who leave Israel….Shouldn’t this be at least as important concern as making Aliyah?

Me-Sure, everyone has their own story. To me the question was, What will I answer HKB”H when he asks,”Why didn’t you try to come home? Was I unclear about the centrality of eretz yisrael?”
I think about the R’ J Sacks(as a university student) story of meeting the Lubavitcher Rebbe who asked him a question. When Rabbi Sacks began his response with “in the situation I find myself in”. The Rebbe interrupted him with, “one does not find oneself in a situation, one puts oneself in a situation”

Poster- What might not be “appropriate” about an aveil who, absent aveilut, would ordinarily daven on, say, Yamim Noraim, from doing so as an aveil? Neither Rama nor any other source I’ve seen has explained just why it is customary for a generic aveil not to daven on shabbat or holidays.

Me-That’s a great question on a meta-basis. What do we do when we have an ancient tradition which was not accompanied by an explanation. Two more extreme examples I can think of are drinking/ crossdressing on Purim and having a chutz laaretz minyan on the second day of yom tov in the land of Israel. From first principles neither of these would be the accepted practice and yet the practice is ancient and accepted.
There are a number of approaches that can be taken in these cases. The first is to ignore the old practice because we can’t root it in the law. This is rarely done because it might lead to mixed dancing. A second approach is to leave it on the books but chip away at it when possible- for example limiting drinking on Purim to just enough to take a nap. The third way is just to leave it as is and observe it as is.

It seems to me in this case the chipping away has already been done. For example, the original practice did not note an exception if there were nobody better.
To me It all depends how seriously one takes it. Putting oneself in the situation to take advantage of the exception would be viewed as a good thing by those who don’t think there was a good reason for the original practice. On the other hand I doubt that somebody would say it’s fine to go to a place a month before the new year that did not have a shofar and then just claim that they were ones when Rosh Hashanah came around.




  • Rabbi Howard Apfel-Does Da’as Torah Have a Place in Medical Decision Making ?

    R Apfel became a believer in daas torah through his anecdotal experience. Listen here for details. (Question – lshitato, why shouldn’t your one act of bechira be picking a rav to tell you what to do).

  • Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Inyanei Bein HaMtzarim
    Quick summary of many 9 days and 3 weeks practices.
  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Difference Between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Kesubah

    Understanding the halachic underpinnings of the differences between sefardic and ashkenazic ketubot.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Land for Peace and Beginning of Geulah

    R Schachter on the State of Israel including the implications of a continual state of war and defining atchalta degeula.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Disagreeing With a Parent

    One shouldn’t disagree with their parent but there are exceptions including: not in front of them, when you have clear proofs and/or its part of a give and take.

  • Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig-מנהג הסוחרים: תנאי, תקנה, רשאין בני העיר, ודרשינן לשון הדיוט
    Is minhag hasochrim driven by tnai shebmamon or the power of bnai hair?
  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Using Food as Utensils
    Using food (especially bread) for other than eating uses maybe bizui ochlin or baal tashchit. Does using it for effect (eg bread as a soup bowl) defeat these concerns? (Me-what a world – this presentation enhances simcha?!)
  • Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst-Making a beracha on Royalty and Presidents, place of miracles, place of Avoda Zara and the status of today’s religions

    Who qualifies for birchat hamelech, how must they be seen and how often?

    What personal miracles qualify for the bracha on a nes?

    Which spaces/places, and which religions, qualify for birchat avoda zara?

  • Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-When Will Mashiach Come? Part 4: Life in the time of Mashiach / 1503
    More on what will happen (especially with regard to eretz yisrael) when moshiach comes. Also discussed, historical calculations of Moshiach’s arrival date based on the Book of Daniel.
  • Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Q&A Mentors Mission – The Yeshiva System, Shidduchim & Truth

    Q&A including: Relations with gays (understand but don’t validate), Chareidi Yeshivas’ curriculum (R Dessler still reigns), conformity, focus on materialism, and dealing with intermarriage.

  • Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Lo sichanem part 1: Defining the Issur

    Lo tchaneim discussion – what’s included and who does it apply to? (idol worshippers, bnai noach, ger toshav …?)

  • Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst-Halachos of visiting cemeteries/kivrei yisroel, chachmei yisroel and chachmei umos oilam

    Seeing a cemetery brachot issues including: making it on Shabbat (yes), must you be in the cemetery (no), Jewish cemetery only (yes), multiple cemeteries, and not returning to the same grave twice in one day.

    Also discussed – brachot on talmidei chachamim and on the other wise.

  • Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman-The Right to Privacy in Halachah

    Privacy in the Talmud can be found under hezek riah which may be related to psychic pain, financial loss, or the impact on society. Is there a difference between seeing or hearing something private? Modesty is always important, the hardest cases are when there are competing values.

  • Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Parshat Pinchas: The Costs of Zealotry
    If you get joy out of being a kanoi, then you shouldn’t be one. Too much tolerance is also no good.
  • Rabbi Michoel Zylberman-Historical Geirus Controversies

    Some interesting statistics and anecdotes based on the RCA/GPS experience. So why do we allow conversions for love (of humans)?
    How do we treat zera yisrael who are not halachic Jews?

  • Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst-Halachos of Dreams: known cases of Gedolai Yisroel paskening from dreams

    Examples of poskim who have rendered psak based on dreams and why it’s OK. (me-doesn’t mention that most obvious {to me} rationalization – it’s your subconscious speaking.)

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Medinas Yisrael and It’s Milchamos Part 2
    Summary of part one plus analysis of atchalta dgeulah/Jewish government.
  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Bitul Torah for Hachnasas Kallah

    What are the triggers for giving up learning (full time or part time in order to) attend a wedding? (TBD how close {distance/relationship}is it)

  • Rav Asher Weiss-באיסור העברת נחלה
    Why does chazal discourage haavarat nachala yet allow bypasses (which continued throughout the generations)? R Weiss believes it’s only discouraged if the focus is on taking away, not on giving it to someone else.
  • Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst-Concise Halachot of Yerusha

    General rules of inheritance plus very specific applications including who inherits, what’s included and redirecting around default torah inheritance rules (e.g. chatzi zachar and secular wills).

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Balak The Berachos of Kerias Shema

    Insights into saying “brachot” (especially when in doubt) in general and for kriat shma specifically. The rules for birchat kriat shma may be different because the brachot may be integral to the mitzva of kriat shma.

  • Rabbi Yehoshua Wolfe , Dayan Dovid Grossman,Rabbi Yaakov Siemiatycki,Mr. Baruch Cohen esq, Mr. Gary Snitow -7/16/22 – Shiur 379 – Beis Din in contemporary society

    Insights into the functions of bet din, both in Choshen Mishpat and Even Haezer. Also discussed, involvement of lawyers in bet din.

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes-Why is Yerushalayim So Special to Us? An Overlooked Aspect

    In addition to being our spiritual center, Yerushalayim is also our center for building a proper society.

  • Rabbi Dani Rapp-Meeting in a Non-Kosher Restaurant

    Marit ayin sources, leniencies and applications.

  • Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst-Matters Related to a Person in a Vegetative State ( Comatose, Alzheimer, Dementia)

    Any life is worth living!

  • Rabbi Tanchum Cohen-Why I Shave during the Three Weeks: An Adventure in Halacha and Mussar

    R YBS on kol davad rachmana and the patterning of tisha bav, nine days and the three weeks after aveilut.

  • <a href=” Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-The Issur To Cut Peyos

    Peyot cutting involves both the cutter and cuttee. How do these interact as far as prohibition and punishment?

  • Rabbi Zvi Zimmerman-The Churban Aggadeta in Gittin

    Review of the basic tisha bav agadot.

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – Are Grasshoppers and Locusts Kosher?

    There are many types of locusts in the world. Can we rely on other Jewish communities’ mesorah in this area? ( we can’t with birds).

  • Rabbi Ya’akov Trump-Josephus the Roman Jew: Preserving Jewish Identity in Times of Crisis ; The Conflicted Identity of the Diaspora Jew

    Josephus was a nuanced figure with allegiances to both Rome and Jerusalem (HT – Moses Hess)! R YBS on ger vtoshav and finding the right balance between being a stranger and a citizen (wouldt be been interesting to hear R Trump’s evaluation of his community on this scale).

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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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