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 2018:28

by Joel Rich Minhag is one of those Humpty Dumpty words ([like Chazakah?] “When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, ‘It means just what I choose it to mean—neither more or less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:26

by Joel Rich Yuval Harari 21 Lessons for the 21st Century “Secular Israelis also tend to argue that the ultra-Orthodox way of life is unsustainable, especially as ultra-Orthodox families have seven children on average. Sooner or later, the state will not be able to support so many unemployed people, and the ultra-Orthodox will have to go to work. Yet it ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:25

by Joel Rich Why do we take off tfillin before Hallel on Rosh Chodesh but before mussaf (for those who wear tfillin) on Chol Hamoed? Shimon (or Nachshon) Haamsoni is quoted in the famous darshening and undarshening of etim (e.g., Psachim 22b) saga. [For a somewhat different version of the story, see Yerushalim Sotah Chapter 5, which is worthy of ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:24

by Joel Rich https://www.thelehrhaus.com/commentary/compartmentalization-and-synthesis-in-modern-orthodox-jewish-education/#em Compartmentalization and Synthesis in Modern Orthodox Jewish Education By David Stein A long piece focusing on proposed approach to education. The entire piece is interesting reading but this statement alone is worth our consideration IMHO. “Modern Orthodoxy is a worldview that encompasses intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural, and professional dimensions, and which recognizes that there exist multiple ...

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich Etzion Foundation’s Jubilee Conference Panel, April 7, 2019, NYC Very thought-provoking!. I think the answers/approaches provided are less important than getting the general community involved in thinking about these issues and how to address them. https://kmtt.libsyn.com/from-the-yeshiva-to-the-academy-opportunities-and-challenges-in-academic-jewish-studies Rabbi Dr. Michael Berger,Dr. Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg ,Professor Chaim Saiman, Dr. Yael Landman Wermuth-FROM THE YESHIVA TO THE ACADEMY; OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:23

by Joel Rich Take a look at S”A O”C 441 (1 & 2) where there’s a loan/surety situation over Pesach between a ben brit and non ben brit where the whole space/time continuum thing is in play (the agreement is the surety belongs to the lender as of the date of the loan [prior to Pesach] if, and only if, ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:22

by Joel Rich Blessings and Thanksgiving- Reflections on the Siddur and Synagogue Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik The editors have drawn from a number of The Rav’s presentations to provide us with insights regarding prayer and the synagogue. These are two areas where we could all probably use a little chizuk(strengthening.) The use of the word reflections in the title is ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:21

by Joel Rich From a blog poster: amounted to a full-throated declaration: Halacha follows the majority. Me – me thinks R’ Chaim would disagree. In any event I think the issue here is whether “organizations” specifically call for EVERYONE (including the followers of the nameless gedolim who “err” in this case) to follow the majority Any thoughts on why the ...

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Audio Roundup Special: YU Yom Haatzmaut

by Joel Rich https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/924218/rabbi-hershel-schachter-rabbi-mordechai-i-willig/q&a-relating-to-ey-and-making-aliyah/ Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig-Q&A: Relating to EY and Making Aliyah         Q&A including:  Does YU promote Israel enough?; Why didn’t the roshei yeshiva make aliya?; Where to move in Israel?; Considerations in making aliya; Making it a shidduch consideration; Is it safer in the US?; What to do if you don’t feel connected; How ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:20

by Joel Rich Osna Haberman, Zachary’s sister said: “All of our prayers during these 37 years went to one place and we’re here. I thought about what I would do here in this place. I can’t even embrace you. So I thought to turn to the ground and ask the land to embrace you. After a few minutes I understood ...

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