Audio Roundup 2023:35

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by Joel Rich

Interesting magen avraham (O”C 144:7) concerning rollin a sefer torah if you took out the wrong one. Even though kavod honor hatzibur would say to take out the torah which is already at the right spot rather than roll the one you took out to the right spot, the MA says “in a beit knesset which has less people (than the beit mikdash on yom kippur) mistama (possibly, likely, apparently) they waive their honor. How do you understand this mistama? Is it a best estimate of what survey would reveal? (if so why not just ask), a projection of what chazal assume people would do if they knew what chazal wanted of them? A descriptive explanation rather than a prescriptive case? Something else?

The WSJ had an article concerning Americans not going back to house of worship post covid even though they still felt connected to religion. It occurs to me that had covid not occurred, these folks would still be attending (think newton’s law). My anecdotal observation of the jewish community is that there was more of a snapback to pre covid material standards (eg smachot) than to spiritual standards (eg synagogue attendance). Thoughts?

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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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