From a book re: Dr. Jacob Katz: He had learned from his training in history and in the sociology of knowledge that the critical variable involved in an analysis of a legal holding was not determining whether that decision had a precedent. Katz knew that the author of such a ruling frequently had a welter of rules and principles that were capable of providing guidance in a given case. Rather, the point was to focus on the contextual factors that led an author to select one precedent over another, or to indicate what the concerns were that caused that author to reformulate precedents in a novel way. In this instance, Katz emphasized the innovative argument Hirsch used to combine precedents and contemporary language to reconfigure the tradition.
Me-this resonated with my thoughts based on empirical observation. Yours?
Isiah Berlin’s nickname was Shaya. Noah Feldman has a gadol hador mind. Oy, what losses for the home team!
<a https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/bwu2x9/Headlines_1-7-23.mp3″> Rabbi Hershel Schachter,Rebbetzin Chana Henkin-1/7/23 – Shiur 402 – Women’s role in society – Has our Halachic attitude towards women shifted over the years? R HS says a tzniut lifestyle in all facets of life is an aspirational goal for everybody, especially for women and especially today. Children need to be our primary focus, secular college is a no-no, and the American yoetzet halacha program is a mistake (they get things wrong and prevent the local rabbi from getting a full picture of his congregants.) In general, we are lacking in yirat shamayim today.
Rabbanit Henkin has a different view. She describes the Israel yoetzet program and points out that they don’t do psak (Psak=something novel/not just knowing what is written (me-actual examples might be helpful to understand the distinction.))
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz-Q&A: Davening, Mashiach, Honey, and more Q &A including: prayer is never wasted, why women can’t be witnesses, women’s personal prayer, mashiach/olam haba/tchiyat hameitim (me-why are people so fixated on this??), kashrut of honey, chupa, proof of Judaism’s approach, land division post-mashaich, and why HKBH cares about us.
Rabbi Osher Weiss-Parshat Vayechi: Yisachar & Zvulun Agreement R Weiss presents his unique take on Yissachar/Zvulun relationships. It’s a true shutfut and each partner gets 100% percent schar since it’s like they are a chavruta as Yissachar is able to learn without financial burdens on his equanimity. You can’t sell reward or punishment!
Then on to kaddish in a bet avel (best to have minyan where he died). We’d even give up shul minyan to have minyan in bet avel! Why don’t we say tachanun in a bet avel (and why don’t non-mourners have to say it later?)
Rabbi Yitzchak Blau-Ta’amei Hamitzvot and Halakha Sometimes the tora gives reasons for mitzvot (sukka-lman yeidu). Sometimes chazal/poskim assue reasons for psak. (Rosh-ktivat sefer torah). Sometimes they learn overarching principles (Chinuch – shiluach hakan). Are there details of the mitzvot that indicate which way to go in serious reasons? (Me-IIRC R M Rosensweig has a theory on how this differs from lo darshinan taama dkra).
Rabbi Dr. Jason Weiner -Jewish Hospitals in America Jewish hospitals were originally founded to show that we could take care of our own with good care and to have places for Jewish physicians to practice. When these needs were not as crucial, the numbers of hospitals dwindled. Today there are few that are left are all about values.
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.