Author Archives: Joel Rich

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by Joel Rich Rabbi Sobolofsky: Shev Shmaasa I’ve been fascinated for a long time by rov, chazakah, karov, vadaii, safeik, Hachraah …… I can’t say I have clarity but I’m working on it J http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/760518/rabbi-zvi-sobolofsky/shev-shmaysa-sugyos-(sfeika-draissa-lchumra)/ Shev Shmaysa Sugyos (Sfeika d’Raissa l’chumra) We all know that sfeika d’uraita (doubt in a Torah prohibition case) l’chumra (we are stringent) but is that a ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:49

by Joel Rich Question: I note that the S”A O”C 158:10 (Hand Washing) quotes the Gemara (R’Chisda) in support of using more than the minimum required amount of water for hand washing. Given the Mechaber’s goal that the Shulchan Aruch be a halachic summary of his magnum opus, the Beit Yosef, does anyone know of a theory as to why ...

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by Joel Rich http://www.thejerusalemkollel.com/download/KlaleiHoraah/KlaleiHoraah1a_Does_Hashem_care_about_the_details.mp3 Rav Berkovits- K’lalei Hora’ah 1a – Does_Hashem_care_about_the_details         HKB”H doesn’t “take revenge” against us when we sin, rather, our neshamot (souls) are intrinsically impacted by sins much the same way our bodies are impacted by good food or poison.  The Torah is a reality and a complete, practical guide to life. http://www.thejerusalemkollel.com/download/KlaleiHoraah/KlaleiHoraah1b_What_Moshe_received_at_Sinai.mp3 Rav Berkovits- K’lalei Hora’ah ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:48

by Joel Rich Comment on blog re Balfour Him- The Chofetz Chaim saw it is a harbinger of redemption, while wisely cautioning that the wrong people might assert ownership or control of the new enterprise. This is about thirty six years after the Zionist movement started in 1881, and twenty years after the first Zionist Congress in 1897 (led by ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:47

by Joel Rich My comment to a recent post on Lehrhaus on women and intensive talmud study: Is encouraging intensive study of Talmud for women a community priority or is the priority to make such study available for those who choose to avail themselves of the opportunity? Especially if the former, where does it stand in relation to other community ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:46

by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner: Musical Instruments during Davening Q: Is it permissible to play instruments during Hallel? A: It is forbidden on account of “Chukat Ha-Goyim – following the non-Jewish practices” (Shut Chatam Yoreh Deah #84-96, Choshen Mishpat #192. Kaf Ha-Chaim, Orach Chaim 151:19. Shut Minchat Yitzchak 5:96). (Me-didn’t they do so when tehillim were written?) Bringing the ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:45

by Joel Rich A letter to the editor Gary Rosenblatt ends “Between the Lines: ‘Huge’ moment for advocates of Orthodox women rabbis” with a quote from Jonathan Sarna stating, “the issue of women has long been a lightning rod” in Jewish life, and it has become “the decisive issue in America today.” I would submit that the decisive issue today ...

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Audio Roundup: YU and the World of Tomorrow

by Joel Rich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC73PtFt-v8 YU and the World of Tomorrow: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Interviewed by Rabbi Ari Lamm Judaism alone balances the universal with the particular and focuses on community (a real face-to-face one) and truth as important values. Technology, and education always go and grow together. R’Sacks wishes we wouldn’t use the label Modern Orthodoxy because it’s too ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:43

by Joel Rich What is (was) the “elevator speech”of the HS/post-HS educational institution that you attended? How did it differentiate itself from other institutions competing for similarly situated students? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From the WSJ Nationally, the High Holy Days period, which incorporates Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, translates into roughly $480 million in sales of Jewish products ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:42

by Joel Rich Interesting article in the Journal “Ohr Yisrael” #16 by R’Avraham Rubin on Timtum Halev (spiritual pollution – an old favorite of mine). His general conclusion was that eating something that would be classified as “forbidden foods,” if you know it is such, will cause timtum halev (spiritual character defects) even if you are permitted to eat it ...

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