Audio Roundup 2023:26

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by Joel Rich

Question: I was wondering if you have any thoughts on why the mechaber said he was going to give psak based on the 2 of 3 rulel(which in my mind was a huge chiddush that I was never sure of the basis for) but it seems to me if one were actually to read his work without knowing that algorithm, that one would ever come up with it given all the alternative opinions he quotes, etc. Wondering if you have any thoughts on that.


I’ve noticed sometimes that prior to giving someone an aliya at shabbat mincha, a gabbai will ask whether the individual had an aliya (assumedly anywhere) that morning. I’ve also seen prospective aliya recipients (e.g the gabbai comes over and asks their name) volunteer that they had an aliya that morning. In both cases the result is usually that another oleh is found. If I am correct, what is the basis for this practice (other than maximizing aliya distributions


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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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