Audio Roundup 2023:36

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by Joel Rich

Does the psak of bet din evidence the ratzon hashem or is it normative law to adjudicate in this world. Example – my friend and I agree that we will each purchase a mega millions ticket each week and if either of us win the big prize we will split it. I win – would bet din say it’s an asmachta so I get to keep it? If so, might I feel ethically bound to split it anyway or would that be wrong because HKBH wanted me to have the whole prize”? If I gave 1/2 would I still have to give maaser ksafim on the whole thing and my friend on 1/2?… (We never won 🙁 )

I recently heard a rabbi commenting on kosher in the US versus Europe. “We are so blessed in America…. companies run to us for hechsher… so we don’t buy anything without a hechsher “. I seem to remember the Rav saying that Jews have dealt with the challenge of adversity better than with the challenge of wealth. (e.g., let’s wait comfortably here for the Messiah)

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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