Audio Roundup Special: Letters from the Rav

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by Joel Rich

Dr. Marc Shapiro-Letters from The Rav – Final Sessions


Part 17

Topics include: women learning torah (yes), Einstein medical school (kiddush hashem), and updating the classical yeshiva curriculum.


Part 18

Starts with some general follow up topics: cohen becoming a doctor, women’s organized learning, yosher in choshen mishpat and RBYS’ candidacies for various institutional positions. Continues with letters on JPS interdenominational bible translation (no participation), participation in interdenominational national/jewish celebrations (limited), memorializing the holocaust in the pesach seder (no) and mizrachi prayer additions for yom hatzmaut (no).


Part 19

Is there a need (or not) for hechsherim on something produced by someone who is muchza bkashrut. RYBSon yom haatzmaut practices (more liberal than many think), relations with non-Orthodox klapei pnim (internal) and chutz (external) [egBoards of rabbis vs lay councils], and heter meah rabbanim (avoid).


Part 20

Discussion of changes in the practice of duchening on Shabbat. Letters analyzed concerning why the RYBS didn’t visit eretz yisrael, land for peace, mizrachi issues, inter religious dialog and miscellaneous letters.


Part 21

R YBS saw Yiddish as not inherently holy but infused by its usage (tashmischei kdusha). Insights into Iyov (do your job) and R YBS as a natural teacher.


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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