Audio Roundup 2023:49

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by Joel Rich

The gemara (chulin 95b) makes a very straightforward statement: והאמר רב: כל נחש שאינו כאליעזר עבד אברהם וכיונתן בן שאול אינו נחש!
Numerous commentaries seek to reinterpret this statement (AIUI) based on a presumption that it can’t mean that Eliezer and/or Yonatan employed prohibited nichush. If that is the case, why would rav use them as examples in the first place?

The Rambam (talmud torah 3:4) states that mitzvot talmud torah is pushed off by another mitzva if the other mitzvah can’t be done by someone else. What are the halachic considerations taken into account (by an individual or community leadership) to determine the application to mitzvot that require group effort? (eg protests, home front support efforts …)

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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