Audio Roundup 2024:5

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by Joel Rich

From Maaseh Harav:
In the essay we are discussing, the Rav expresses his disgust at the prevalent preaching to the effect that “observing the mitzvot is good for digestion, sweet sleep, family tranquility and social status.” He had never attempted to interpret the Torah via “the categories of mental health, peace of mind and the like, despite the popularity of this approach amongst Jewish thinkers, Orthodox and non-Orthodox.” He had no enthusiasm for those who would “bedeck the Torah with modern-Bohemian crown and to demonstrate to those at ease in the suburbs of Boston, New York and Los Angeles, that it is worthy of entering their ornate living rooms. He follows this paragraph with blunt statement that “religious action is primarily an experience of suffering”
Me- “We go running for the shelter of our mother’s little helper
And it helps us on our way, gets us through our busy day” HT- The Rolling Stones

Over the last decade, robots continue to infiltrate the workforce, permeating occupations that once seemed immune to automation. This process seems to be inevitable because robots have ever-expanding capabilities. However, drawing from theories of cultural evolution and social learning, we propose that robots may have limited influence in domains that require high degrees of “credibility”; here we focus on the automation of religious preachers as one such domain

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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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