Audio Roundup 2023:24

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by Joel Rich

Landes closes with this powerful passage:

I am overwhelmed by the realization that Rav Lichtenstein took this religious philosophy that he developed when he was 24 years old and proceeded to live his entire life by it. A life without simple solutions, a life with constant maximum effort, and a life lived continuously and consciously in the presence of God.

Me- What else can I say-this is what I aspire to


From Maaseh Harav:

Frank public self-criticism by the individual and the community is not widespread in the Orthodox world. Partly this is because orthodoxy, in twentieth-century North America, faced enormous handicaps and its spokesmen are likely to feel justified in congratulating themselves for the revitalization of religious life under daunting conditions. Partly, as the Rav sometimes noted, it is the social insecurity combined with smugness, typical of a middle-class culture. Self-confidence and triumphalism were typical of the American outlook of this time; the Rav frequently lamented the volatility of American moods which swung from the overconfidence of post-war years to the corrosive self-doubt of the ‘6os and ‘7os.

Me- “When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?” HT-Pete Seeger


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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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