Audio Roundup 2024:22

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by Joel Rich

Are there any Cohanim today who claim to be a cohain myuchasim (vs cohanei chazaka)? If so, is such a claim halachically valid?

The gemara (sukka 53a) records some herculean juggling by some leading rabbinic figures (R shimon ben gamliel, levi, shmuel and abaye). Would you assume this skill took practice or was it a supernatural gift. Is praying for the terminally ill a tfilat shav? A road to Emunah issues? Some forbid it, others allow in some form (eg pray the doctors are wrong). (me-my takeaway since 10/7 is to just pray for rachamim and tell HKBH what hurts, since I now more clearly realize I have no clue)If the former, what does that imply for our time allocation priorities?

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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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