Audio Roundup 2024:1

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by Joel Rich

Blogger- Several rabbinic figures have emphasized that the message of the disaster (and the IDF’s failure to defend citizens) is that “we have no one to trust but our Father in Heaven.” But this cannot be the only message. Along with relying on Divine compassion and an understanding that “when I am to myself, what am I?” we must also internalize that “if I am not for myself, who will be for me?”

My response – Actually, I think it could be the message, if properly interpreted. It’s not a cry of despair but a realization that if we do what our Father in Heaven asks (including hishtadlut), then it will all be OK (much like a roller coaster-just keep your hands and legs inside the ride at all times). What you are suggesting is that we do our hishtadlut in the natural world, which I think many believe to be exactly what our Father in Heaven wants (but if the einei haeida disagree?) Thoughts?


From R ‘ E Goldberg: “If you needed to leave Israel or your child needed to come home, nobody should judge you, but talk about your experience sensitively, thoughtfully, and intelligently.” (Me-and why should nobody judge actions either way? And if not for an individual’s actions, should not a community be judged on its actions? ) 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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