by Joel Rich
When the Rambam defines tshuva gemura, his example includes the sinner returning to the same circumstances including place. (I thought about studies concerning addiction and triggers – place matters!)
In his Q and A (to Stern College IIUC) R Asher Weiss stated that one’s childrens chinuch was a reason not to make aliya. Wouldn’t that imply that the US MO community should commission a study of educational outcomes in the US and Israel to give its constituents base rate information (paging Kahnemann/Tversky) for decision making? (of course this would require some definitions of desired outcomes – might that be too scary?)
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Dealing With Mitzvos That Seem Immoral
How do we deal with mitzvot that we find ethically challenging? One strategy is to assume they are an accommodation to the yetzer hara. Another is to live with questions -but have a positive attitude towards the overarching systems is important. (Me-also you might question the source of your moral intuition.)
- Rabbi Michael Taubes-Parshas Ki Savo Lifting Up the Torah for “Hagbah”
Why doesn’t society accept the gemara’s statement that hagba is the highest honor? Various details discussed. Is it a din in kriat hatora or kavod hatora?
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – The Case of the Stolen Tzitzis
Stolen tzitzit strings later put on a beged involve a mitzvah haba baveira. If the thief pays for them later, it’s questionable whether it works since we may invalidate tzitzit which are min haasui.
- Rabbi Mayer E. Twersky-Chizzuk Before First Selichos 5782
Tshuva is a return to oneself. Remember you can change and should maximize your delivery on your potential.
- Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider-Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Shofar
Man must be an active subject (nosei) not a passive object (nisa). Shofar has both a maaseh (act) and a kiyum (completion). The message of the shofar is to awaken us and be a part of our prayer.
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Prof. Twersky. R’ Lessin. Existence of American Jewish History. Philosophy in Mishneh Torah. Encouraging Less Observant to Observe More. Marriage. R’ Menashe Klein Mishne Halachot: Ultrasound to Determine Sex of Fetus. Proper Treatment of One’s Wife.
More on non-Orthodox mikveh (Lubavitch was Ok with that based on who knows the ultimate impact!) R Lichtenstein of male/female relationships. R M Klein on determining fetus’s sex by ultrasound. (TBC) Jewish philosophy in the yad hachazaka.
- Rabbi Doniel Osher Kleinman-Parshat Be’halot’cha: Davening For A Sick Person – Must You Know Their Full Name?
Why do we use mother’s names for cholim? Do the reasons given extend to other identifications as well? Is it required to always use a name when praying for a choleh and what do you do if you don’t know the name?
- Rabbi David Hirsch-Halachah Chaburah 2022: Talking between Yishtabach and Barchu, the Importance and Types of Kaddish
Don’t interrupt kaddish and don’t say it at the drop of a hat. Includes a description of the role of different types of kaddeishim and when they are said.
- Rabbi Doniel Osher Kleinman-The Halachot of Tevilat Keilim
A Keurig (and I would assume any computer chip driven apparatus which will be ruined by immersion in water) should not require tevila since tevila is primarily a mitzvah/matir for use and toveling the kli will make it not usable.
- Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff-Satmar Rav and Helmitzer Rav: Building a Mikveh for a Mixed Seating But Otherwise Traditional Synagogue
The Satmar Rav was OK with building a mikveh for a traditional mixed seating shul as long as the construction plans followed standard mikveh format and an appropriate mashgiach was found.
- Rabbi Zev Smith-Common Chinuch Questions
In general, the mitzvah of chinuch is on a parent (and maybe others) and would prohibit giving children food prior to kiddush. The exceptions would be for something needed for health or a time related rather than object related issur. Specific other examples reviewed. Giving candy to children before kiddush is very questionable.
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Hilchos Tefillah on Rosh Hashanah 2
Understanding why various phrases are not included in yamim noraim davening including; slichot, sason, zikaron, laalot and more.
- Rabbi Ya’akov Trump-The Impact of our Environment on our Choices
“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with” -Jim Rohn
- Rabbi Doniel Osher Kleinman-Parshat Va’eira – Taking Things Into Your Own Hands….
If someone is about to damage your interests, everyone agrees you can take the law into your own hands. If someone admits (me-do you need witnesses?) a debt but refuses to pay, maybe you can as well. Can you use a third party (Jewish or not) to collect such a debt?
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-The Dos and Don’ts of Shidduchim
Don’t date till you’re ready to have kids, don’t insist on your wedding minhagim, don’t expect your spouse to change, let the chatan give a dvar torah, define nsuin, rush the couple to the yichud room, have two tnaim one given to each family, give the rabbis the brachot, out of order brachot and ring giving, witnesses for what?, ktuba issues, no kissing or getting on your knees, form dressing required and sheva brachot for those already living together.
- Rabbi Mayer Twersky-How Machlokes is Ruining America, and Can Ruin Us or Sustain Us
Disagreement doesn’t mean machloket (with all its negative connotations). Sometimes you must find a middle ground but even if you can’t, be respectful.
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Hashkafa Shiur – Teshuva and Our Relationship with Hashem
Tanach uses father/king/husband metaphors for our relationship with HKBH. Tshuva shows the uniqueness of our relationship with HKBH = even betrayal can’t destroy it.
- Rabbi Asher Weiss-Q&A Session With HaRav Asher Weiss
Q and A (sounds like Stern College) including: be good role models for your children, yishuv eretz Yisrael is ratzon hashem (exceptions for mechanchim and your childrens chinuch (me=this is worth its own post)), reading secular self-help books – ok with care (me-wait a few years and a kosher version will appear), mental health issues, women’s relationship with Rabbis (be careful), homes need walls (paging Col. Jessup) and joy, coed programs should be avoided, parental support for young marrieds shouldn’t be an expectation, and learning is important as a basis for marriage but most should earn a living at some point.
- Rabbi Doniel Osher Kleinman-Parshat Vayechi – May You Take Food Out Of A Bais Avel?
The widespread practice of not taking food out of a beit avel is widely quoted but shakily sourced. Primary sources don’t differentiate food and seem limited to tuma, items set aside for the beit avel and maybe the room where the niftar died. Bal tachshit should be an important counter balancing factor.
- Matan: One on One Parsha Podcast-Episode 74 – Ki Tavo: Happiness in the Service of God
Bio of Dr Avraham Twersky plus insights on true simcha. One can be bsimcha (happy and yet sad at the same time). We need to respond to pain with growth and take responsibility for our simcha as a opportunity to deepen our relationship with HKBH.
- Rabbi Yoni Mandelstam-The Humble Vasikin Minyan vs. The Booming Late Minyan: Choosing Between Zrizin Makdimim and B’Rrov Am
Brov am vs. zrizut – which trumps? Does it depend on the specific mitzvah involved? Are they klali (extrinsic) or prati (intrinsic)? How many people make up a rov am and is there a concept of the bigger the rov am the better?
- Rabbi Daniel Stein-The Seder and Significance of Simanim on Rosh Hashanah
The simanim of Rosh Hashana are there to help us change but they do raise some halachic issues: sheheciyanu when fruits are available all year, what order should the foods be eaten? (what brachot) and what is the proper order of brachot, yhi ratzon and eating?
- Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky-Rosh Hashanah 3: Inyanei Selichos, Simcha on Rosh Hashanah
Slichot potpourri including: best time to say them, what to say (structure and priorities), shalich tzibur tallit issues and remembering what the point of all this is.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Absolving Monetary Loans at the End of Shemitta: Pruzbul & Shemitas Kesafim
General introduction to the philosophy and practical application of shmitat ksafim and pruzbol.
- The Roots of Teshuva: The Hidden Depths of Return and Renewal in the Thought of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt
Tshuva is part of a spiritual self-examined life. One feels both worthless and worthy. The goal is tshuva mahava with a positive outlook on life.
- Rav Asher Weiss- בדיני שמיטת כספים
Defining “loans” for shmita purposes. Specific applications include checks and government of Israel childrens’ investments. Worth listening to just for R Weiss’s concise history of money and banking.
- Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Parshas Shoftim
Parsha insights including: minui shoftim, eidim definition and their punishment, lashes as a deterrent, different segments of halacha, when to rebuild the bet mikdash, yishuv eretz Yisrael, kapara for meitim and much more.
- Rabbi Shay Schachter-Parshas Ki Savo: Relevant Halachos Learned From the Mitzvah of Bikkurim
Rachmana liba bayi.
- Ari Wasserman,Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Lowy, Dr. Ross Andel , Naftali Horowitz ,Rabbi Yechiel Greenblatt and Jordan Odinsky,Rabbi Berel Wein-9/17/22 – Quick Retirements – Should it be our goal to retire as quickly as possible? Is retirement a good idea
Life is about dynamic balance. Retirement requires planning and a plan.
(Me-interesting example of the trend towards targeted giving – choose your future gadol)
- Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner-Shir haShirim 1: Introduction, Part 1
First in a series. Shir hashirim is beautiful but confusing as evidenced by the different mfarshim’s differing storylines. Who wrote it? (was there more than one author?)
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