by Joel Rich
My comment concerning a shiur which discussed eulogies:
From Your shiur it seems like the earliest sources were pretty clear that it’s for the honor of the departed and it was only later that the dual nature (also for the living)you articulated became accepted. In particular it seems strange that nobody before the gesher hachaim proposed that the Gemara was saying that it really was for both purposes.
Lulai dmistifina i’d say that the exception for great leaders was expanded because the people demanded it. I think I heard one of the participants in your class say what about the needs of the speaker to get closure. I think that’s a great example as funerals today seem often to be more about the speakers than the departed. Thoughts?
Your thoughts on the halachic appropriateness of this post which was on a community list?
A good friend had a bad fall, and was approved to get into xxxx rehab after her surgery-but needs to wait for an available bed
Does anyone have proteksia- someone who might be able to make this happen ASAP?
Review of practical applications concerning tisha bav restrictions.
- Rabbi Yonason Sacks-Re-aligning With Eretz Yisroel Through Krias HaTorah (followed by Tisha B’Av Chizzuk and Q&A)
The whole cycle of splitting up and catching up haftaras seems to revolve around praising (and not denigrating) Eretz Yisrael.
Counselors’ avodat hashem should be transformative (for them and their charges). Baalei batim need to find a balance (and need a rebbi to help them). It’s more important to have a rebbi in hashkafa then halacha (eg making aliya). How you spend your marginal time defines who you are! (Me-repeat 100 times) Always set (me-stretch) goals.
- Talking About Eicha and More with Dr. Yael Ziegler
Dr Ziegler seeks to meld academic technique with the heart of the beit medrash. (me-and when they take you in different directions?) Eicha is about contending with adversity and finding faith in it.
- Dr. Tova Ganzel Ganzel-From the End of the Kingdom of Judah to the Return to Zion (Part 7)
Megilat Esther’s ending (still focused on galut) was another example of the Jews in galut making peace with their status while those in Israel were never sure of theirs. It took the last of the Neviim to reassure those who returned home to Israel that HKBH was with them.
- Mrs. Emma Katz-Kol Ha’Omer Davar B’Sheim Omro- Our Role in the Geulah
Quoting your sources shows: humility, care for others, and your realization that HKBH is in charge of all. It is a mitzvah and an act of geula.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Poskim and Pesakim – The Seridei Eish (Rav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg)
The Sridei Eish was a brilliant, complex and tragic figure. His tshuvot included: shchita after stunning, teaching torah to non-Jews, bat mitzvah, kol isha and woman’s hair coverings
- Rav Asher Weiss-הלכות תשעה באב נדחה
Tisha bav nidcheh issues including: choleh/yoledet fasting, havdalah (for women), and talmud torah.
- Rabbi Dr. Jacob J Schacter-A Different Conception of Tisha B’Av: The Dialectic of Exile and Redemption
Tisha bav is a dialectical day (moed) which may explain some seemingly odd historical practices of the day.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Emotional Connection to Kedusha, Q and A
We need an emotional connection with Eretz Yisrael and HKBH. Q&A: aliyah, asei lecha rav and increasing yearning for moshiach.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-The Role of Tefillah and Teshuva on Historical Taaniyot
Tfila on a taanit is about accepting both that HKBH and our punishments are fair and we must fix our problems.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Torah L’shma and Shelo L’shma
Three resolutions as to why the Rambam grounds lo lshma in talmud torah only, while the gemara says talmud tora and mitzvot.
- Rav Chaim’s seforim with Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Brodt
In his sefer kiryat melech, R CK provided citations for many of the rambam’s psakim.
- Rabbi Yosie Levine-Words to Live By: Eulogy in Halacha, History, and Practice
While the earliest sources state the hesped is for the kavod of the niftar, it has “halachically” evolved to an inspirational statement of vision.
- Rabbi Daniel Hartstein-Lessons From The Lev: Hishtadlus & Emunah
Be mindful and try to find the proper balance between emuna and hishtadlut.
- Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Q&A- Kiruv Techniques, Daf Yomi & Relating to Churban
Q&A including: istinis (subjective definition), does the source or the content of information make it Torah (unclear), reward for making shiduch (no guaranty), if tfilin are halacha moshe msinai, how is there machloket? do we need to seek out voluntary mitzvot (eg peter chamor-no), kiruv authenticity and materialism (got to do what you got to do!) making early Shabbos, “identifying” as other sex for legal advantage (don’t), eilu veilu explanations, tu bav/Sadie Hawkins, targum onkelos (source), neshamot, kabala (how it got accepted), keeping pace with tzibur vs. maintaining kavana (it depends), geula and missing the beit mikdash, learning sexual gemara (it depends), tora as refuah, when changing times allow for changing enactments (it’s complex), bameh eida – can we forfeit HKBH’s promise, and Eliyahu’s losing faith in the people.
- Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Brodt -Rav Chaim’s Seforim Explored (Part 2)
R CK was very influenced by four gedolim – the Chazon Ish, The Steipler, The Mishna Brura and the Vilna Gaon.
The Chazon Ish was very enamored by the Maharsha, R CK(at age 20) wrote taam dkra which explained what the Maharsha implied when he simply noted that the matter could be explained. There will also be more of the hanhagot of the Chazon Ish coming out.
R CK also took the orchot chaim myuchas lrash (a musar work) and provided mareh mkomot for it. He also added missing mareh mkomot for the yofeh einayim.
- Rabbi Zvi Romm-Rav Moshe Feinstein on the purpose of Galus
The purpose of galut is to instill in us the sense lhashem haaretz umloah – we are totally dependent on HKBH.
- Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu-הלכות ראש חודש | חוקת
Rosh Chodesh related topics (eg special meal, hallel, yaaleh vyavo etc.)
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-Halachos For the Lefty’s
If one’s arm became inert (eg through a stroke), does he put on tfillin on the other arm? Does being a lefty affect where you place a mezuza or how you step back after saying shmoneh esrai?
- Take 2 with Rabbi Aaron Kotler
Is the Lakewood yeshiva (and community) today consistent with R A Kotler’s original vision? A natural progression?
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Selflessly Dedicating Ourselves to a Life of Public Service
Everyone should become a giver and be involved in tzarchei tzibbur.
- Rabbi Yosie Levine-When the Halakhic World Stops Turning: Rav Goren and the Curious Case of Met Mitzvah
Meit mitzvah is a mitzvah supercharged by kavod habriyot and a desire not to have the land violated.
- Rabbi Adam Mintz-Tisha B’Av Through the Ages: How Did the Crusades Become Associated with Tisha B’Av?
R YBS on tisha bav as the day on which all Jewish tragedies are commemorated. The crusades are associated with the death of the righteous (as in the 10 martyrs) which is associated with the destruction of the temple (and the loss of mesora and what could have been).
- Sara Wolkenfeld-Mourning the Destruction of Doubt
The destruction of the temple also reflected our loss of societal institutions which had allowed us to deal with doubt/uncertainty. We need to hold onto our religious humility (recognize what we don’t know).
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Do We Snap Right Back After Tisha B’Av? Without Eretz Yisrael and Beis Hamikdash!?
Focus on the centrality of eretz yisrael to all Jews.
- Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Brodt -Rav Chaim’s Seforim Explored (Part 3)
R Chaim focused his writing on mesechtot not generally learned and mitzvot that can’t currently be fulfilled while at the same time generally reflecting that all torah is interconnected. Following the pattern of the minchat chinuch, he breaks everything down to component parts while reflecting his broad scope of knowledge.
- Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Tu B’Av: The Happiest Day of the Year
Review of the reasons why the Talmud says tu bav is a happy day.
R YBS on why we stand for eli tzion – it’s like getting up from aveilut – we remember the loss but move forward. This is the story of Jewish history.
- Rabbi Ezra Schwartz-The Need to Pray and The Prayer of Need
Rambam vs Ramban on tfila duratia/drabanon
- Dr. Naomi Seidman-Bais Yaakov in Historical Perspective (Part 2)
A fundraising brochure for Ohel Sarah provides an insight into the bet Yaakov reality (including working class target student market, relation to eretz yisrael and vocational training). Also covered – tu bav celebrations at beit yaakov back in the day (a real blast!!!)
- Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein-Understanding Da’at Torah
Certainly, one should seek spiritual advice from those with spiritual expertise but many issues require a mix of spirituality and practical knowledge. Chachamim are not prophets regarding future events.
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