Audio Roundup 2022:34

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by Joel Rich

A letter to the editor included the following quote regarding the lack of statistics to back up assertions in a prior article, “…as a Modern Orthodox community we pride ourselves in applying nuanced and scientific analysis to complex issues”. It’s my anecdotal observation that the community has not invested much in the way of resources to actually get statistics. The only studies that I am aware of are self-reporting surveys which are certainly not the gold standard. As Ruskin said, “The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances and demonstrations for impressions.” Without data we make communal decisions which are not necessarily based on reality. For example, let’s say as a community we think too many of our children are going off the derech, it probably would be helpful to quantify the numbers and the reasons before committing to a specific approach to addressing the problem. I could speculate as to why there seems to be an aversion to gathering information but that would just be guesswork.

On a totally unrelated topic the July 21 issue also had a headline, “Senior gedolei hador to address bachurim”. I would’ve thought that one was either a gadol hador or not. Perhaps in a future edition you might expand on what differentiates a senior gadol hador from a plain gadol hador?

What ever happened to the concept of keeping a low profile in galut? What is the intended result of after the fact cheerleading? We’ll see how both Dobbs and Kennedy play out – be wary of Rich’s rule unintended/ unforeseen consequences.

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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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