Audio Roundup 2022:49

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by Joel Rich

As Leo Tolstoy said in starting Anna Karenina “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I’m sure there are many reasons why people attend kiddush clubs but imho the underlying cause is lack of connection with HKBH as mediated through halacha. That’s imho what we need to deal with, I only wish I knew how. Thoughts?

Jonathan Haidt uses the analogy of the elephant and its rider as a metaphor for the relationship between our reason and our emotion (passions). The rider helps the elephant make better choices but the rider cannot order the elephant to do something against its will. It occurs to me this is a good metaphor for what I’ve described as the delicate dance between the rabbis and amcha in the halachic process (eg gzeira shein rov hatzibur yecolim lamod ba). Thoughts?

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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