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 2020:36

by Joel Rich From R’ Gil: Medieval Ashkenazic authorities prescribed a variety of strong acts of self-induced suffering as part of the teshuvah process, including long-term fasting, lashes, exile and more. Rabbeinu Peretz (Gloss to Semak, no. 53) lists four kinds of teshuvah: 1) teshuvas charatah, in which you regret the sin; 2) teshuvas ha-geder, in which you set additional ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:35

by Joel Rich From the Art Scroll Talmud – I find the English and Hebrew comparison fascinating. Which translation do you think he’s referring to? Why? HaRav Elyashav said “Because of the times we live in it is a mitzvah gedolah, a great mitzvah to proceed with this project”. He requested that the following be inserted into this volume in ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:34

by Joel Rich Question someone I know got concerning a contribution: Do you want your donation to the shul to be לעילוי נשמת ……… Response: I’d go with anonymous and pray that hkbh directs his accountant to allocate it to where it’s most needed. As a matter fact maybe that should be The inscription Thoughts? Talmud Chulin 13b “… amar ...

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Audio Roundup: A New World View Out of the Sources of Halakhah

by Joel Rich   Seminar RECORDING: “A New World View Out of the Sources of Halakhah” is now available at www.Hakirah.org.       The seminar’s title is based on the last line of The Rav’s “Halachic Mind”.  Much of the seminar dealt with The Rav’s approach outlined in “Halachic Mind” and possible avenues for the new world view.   Heshey ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:33

by Joel Rich My response to a post on the wonderful Tisha bav videos Nice narrative, as someone I know says, “We’re not entitled to our own facts but we all seem to be entitled to choose the facts that fit our narrative”. In any event IMHO, much like the fasting itself per the Rambam, the question is what does ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:32

by Joel Rich Note to a speaker: I honestly don’t see how A Rabbi could have enough bandwidth to have in-depth discussions with each of his students and congregations in the manner you describe as aspirational On retirees learning certainly it’s good to encourage them but ur younger and middle aged folks should know that if they don’t continue some ...

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Audio Roundup: NLI (Chicago Kollel) Yom Iyun

by Joel Rich   https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/966135/dr-naomi-marmon-grumet/how-do-you-feel-about-the-mikveh-an-open-discussion/ Dr. Naomi Marmon Grumet-How Do You Feel About the Mikveh? An Open Discussion         Participatory discussion – what does mikveh mean to you? https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/966118/mrs-simi-peters/the-king-and-the-matrona-meaning-and-methodology-in-the-mashal/ Mrs. Simi Peters–The King and the Matrona: Meaning and Methodology in the Mashal         The Medrash of the matron reflects three stages of the Jewish peoples’ history.  The prophets reflect fear, ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:31

by Joel Rich Boltzmann brain? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain Boltzmann brain argument suggests that it is more likely for a single brain to spontaneously and briefly form in a void (complete with a false memory of having existed in our universe) than it is for our universe to have come about in the way modern science thinks it actually did (I was mchavein ...

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Audio Roundup: R’YBS Daf Special #6

by Joel Rich   https://alldaf.org/p/72597  Shabbos 119; Kavod Yom HaKippurim  There’s a separate mchayev for kavod yom kippur.    https://alldaf.org/p/72700  Shabbos 122: Kol HaKeilim  Do all keilim have a sheim kli for muktzah purposes?    https://alldaf.org/p/72825  Shabbos 128: Chai Nosei Es Atzmo  What is the nature of the gezeirah concerning carrying (dragging) a tinok?    https://alldaf.org/p/72943  Shabbos 129: Pikuach Nefesh  ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:30

by Joel Rich Note to presenter on triage: Enjoyed your class, especially you’re putting it in terms of consequentialist versus formalists (I might’ve said deontologists) Especially interested in the issue of not using the priority categories in horiyot The statement that it’s difficult to do these days somehow doesn’t seem to have sufficient force for me. The more general question ...

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