Audio Roundup 2023:40

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by Joel Rich

To a maggid shiur: Just wanted to tell you that I very much appreciated your bringing in the social sciences to your discussion of tzedakah. Blum’s work on empathy is especially interesting, I always find it fascinating that people think that pure logic can answer moral questions.
Anyway, that’s the tora umada I was raised on and try to live, but unfortunately see very little of it

In Moscow in 1936 Rav Moshe was asked (Y”D 1:54) concerning a situation where non-religious children were the only source of food for their religious parents. Could such children be relied upon concerning the kosher status of the food provided. He was mchadeih that while such individuals don’t have neemanut, if the parents “knew” that the children would not lie to them on this issue, they could be relied upon in a case of great need. A “yedia brura”, based on actual experience would be required as well as an underlying theory as to why the child would not do such a thing.

It occurred to me that, even if a rabbi gave such a ruling, the ruling would be conditional on the parent’s judgment as to whether he had “yedia brura”, rather than the rabbi’s evaluation of the knowledge. Quite a burden to put on somebody who will certainly be impacted by the result, any thoughts appreciated.

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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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