Author Archives: Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

Audio Roundup 2020:13

by Joel Rich An oleh this (Thursday) morning insisted on reading his own aliyah. I was surprised the gabbai/Rabbi did not waive him off (given the reason individual olim stopped reading was so as not to embarrass others). Is this at all common? When Rishonim read ukimtas into the gemara(e.g. the gemara really was dealing with a specific case even ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:12

by Joel Rich I The Mishna Brura in O”C 552 states that a “b’al nefesh” should observe the restrictions of Tisha B’av on the other minor fasts. Anyone know if any significant sub-community does this? How does observance of the compare with other b’al nefesh call outs? A rav visiting a high school spoke to the students concerning acceptable approaches ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Uvikashtem Misham

by Joel Rich These are recordings of a chaburah given by R’Rosensweig on R’Soloveitchik’s Uvikashtem Misham.  I don’t know when they were recorded or if more will be forthcoming so I’m summarizing what was put up on YUTORAH a few weeks ago. https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/947910/rabbi-michael-rosensweig/%D7%95%D7%91%D7%A7%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%9D-%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%9D-1-(introduction)/ ובקשתם משם 1 (Introduction)         One shouldn’t look at Ish Halalacha and U’vikashtem Msham from R’YBS as schizophrenic ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:11

by Joel Rich Listened to a shiur where the magid shiur said that R’X used to advise job interviewees to use the dead fish handshake, then later advised the iron man handshake until he was told that each of those would not get you a job. Now he advises a firm, quick business-like handshake. May I vent – I heard ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:10

by Joel Rich Beautiful thought for lonely people of faith everywhere: Here is what his wife, Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein, said after his passing: I tend to think that he played sports as a young man not only because he enjoyed the physical exertion of basketball and what he called “the moral value” of teamwork, but also because the game allowed ...

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Audio Roundup Special: YU Medical Ethics Society

by Joel Rich https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/946905/rabbi-mordechai-i-willig-dr-hannah-lipman/dementia-and-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-navigating-cases-of-diminished-capacity/ Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig Dr. Hannah Lipman-Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Navigating Cases of Diminished Capacity         How a doctor look at patient choices/autonomy in cases of partial and full dementia vs. how a Rabbi looks at them.  There may be cases where interventions are halachically permitted but not required.  All the general provisos about how halacha views personal ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Rav Soloveitchik Along the Daf 2

by Joel Rich https://alldaf.org/p/64138 Berachos 30: Davening Towards the Mikdash   Sanhedrin acts both as a decisor and as a representative of Klal Yisrael.   https://alldaf.org/p/64137 Berachos 30: Ya’aleh V’Yavo on Rosh Chodesh The aron kodesh facing east is a torah requirement.   https://alldaf.org/p/64139 Berachos 31: Davening Mitoch Divrei Torah Tfila and Torah are both avodah shebileiv attaching us to ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:9

by Joel Rich From R’Rimon in Hamizrachi: “In light of the above (me – shtarei hedyotot et al) it would be best if there were no ads at all in our Parshat Hashavua sheets”….. “However it is very difficult to abide by these demands in our times because it’s the ads that fund the publication”… “Still it would be worth ...

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Audio Roundup: Agudath Israel of America Yarchei Kallah

by Joel Rich   https://aiayk.org/audio-2020/ סוגיא ‬דכלה עניני תפילה – מס’ ברכות פ’ תפילת השחר – דף כ״ו – ל Agudath Israel of America Yarchei Kallah English Language shiurim   https://www.aiayk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020audio/ravWeiss.mp3 HARAV ASHER WEISS-Av Beis Din, Minchas Asher Rosh HaYeshiva, Mosdos Minchas Asher The Rambam holds that tfila is not a torah mitzvah but it is according to R’Weiss the “ratzon hashem” ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:8

by Joel Rich My comment on a piece concerning the use of “Halacha hi b’yadua she´Eisav soneh l’Yaakov.” Unfortunately I think the causation is the other way around. There’s a general philosophy in certain segments that all non-Jews hate us and are not to be trusted, appreciated etc. This medrash is used to prove the point but had it not ...

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