Audio Roundup 2023:28

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by Joel Rich

In a recent shiur R H Schachter mentioned that one of the reasons for the attempted restart of smicha in tzfat was in order to be able to give malkot (and associated kapara) to those who submitted to christianity. He then mentioned that those rabbis assumed a court of smuchim could do this even without hatraa having being given to the sinners. Any guesses as to why they thought so?

It seems to me that the gemara doesn’t spend a lot of space on hilchot tzdaka a or loshon hara? Perhaps there’s a message there (for me-it requires ongoing thought/attention – not a rule book).

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

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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