Author Archives: 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.

Audio Roundup 2023:5

by Joel Rich From chat gpt3 (I hope it got this one right): It is difficult for me to say exactly what Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik would say to a student who regretted not learning more when they were younger. However, I can tell you a little bit about Rabbi Soloveitchik’s views on education and learning. Rabbi Soloveitchik was a ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Aguda Brachot 2022

by Joel Rich   Aguda Brachot 2022 and Chanuka and Miscellaneous  Chabura topics   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fF4Chxkd8NfDD13LNKQgd0rc8tjQ1Q7b/preview?usp=share_link HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 11/8/2022-BRACHA ON SHEMEN ZAYIS AND HARMFUL FOODS Is “damaging” defined  for purposes of not making a bracha as the actual physical impact or just that it “doesn’t go down well”.   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hzbe6NhLQjxFC59sLh-q5Cy71-6w38WH/preview?usp=share_link HaRav Asher Weiss 11/6/2022-HALACHAH OF SUICIDE AND PIKUACH NEFESH ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:4

by Joel Rich From R’ A Lichtenstein on the shift in the view of baalei mesora on marital relations: “The allure of facile historicistic solutions in our case, of ascription to Sufi or Scholastic influences, regarding worldliness, in general, or sexuality, in particular – is palpably self-evident. In dealing with giants, however, we strive to avoid succumbing to its alluring ...

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Audio Roundup: NLI Special

by Joel Rich   NLI  Mid-Winter Yarchei Kallah   https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/1053928/mrs-olivia-friedman/julia-haarts-redeeming-quality-unorthodox-or-tanach-tradition/ Mrs. Olivia Friedman-Julia Haart’s Redeeming Quality: #unorthodox or Tanach Tradition Tanach (and later) villains have a good side as well. We should keep that in mind when dealing with people in general (people are complex).     https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/1053941/mrs-emma-katz/they-say,-and-we-say-managing-conflicting-messages-about-our-values/ Mrs. Emma Katz-They Say, and We Say: Managing Conflicting Messages About our ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:3

by Joel Rich Response to a post: I am afraid you reflect the reality in that most modern orthodox people think that chareidim are more frum. That’s a tragedy As far as milchemet rshut I found a couple of commentators who say it is not an advise and consent function of the court but rather either to clarify the laws ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:2

by Joel Rich I heard an interesting comment from a Rabbi during a recent shiur. He stated that he had been contacted by an international bone marrow registry telling him that he was a partial match and to come down for further testing. He consulted with a number of poskim and they told him he was not required to get ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:1

by Joel Rich To J Haidt: First, let me say I really enjoy your work, especially The Righteous Mind in getting a better understanding of some of the differences in America today. Unfortunately, recognition of this issue doesn’t seem to be making things much better just yet. ☹ Full disclosure I am an Orthodox Jew, who has been wondering about ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:50

by Joel Rich Part of an email exchange – process and ethics? Your comments on internal versus external sevara reminds me of a discussion that I had recently about eiva vs darkei shalom. Someone proposed an algorithm to define them based on avoiding murderers versus good relations. I said that’s very nice. Let’s give the eight or so cases the ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:50

by Joel Rich From correspondence on a philosophical debate – One should not take one maamar chazal as the basis of jewish philosophy on a matter. Of course, it’s a bit of a challenge that even those greats who have seen the whole forest of maamarei chazal come to different conclusions on proper conclusions! So why is that? Another snippet: ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Convention 2022

by Joel Rich   https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?a=214305 Agudah Convention 2022: Technology: Addressing The Challenge Social media is very dangerous. Kids today need to feel understood. We need to understand how precious every minute is.   https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?v=214304 Agudah Convention 2022: The Secret Sauce to Klal Ventures We are all one family and we can all do something for another including starting organizations.    ...

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