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 2020:45

by Joel Rich I listened to a podcast from earlier this year interviewing Brian Greene a well-known physicist. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/108-brian-greene-until-end-time-mind-matter-our-search/id1352860989?i=1000468647766 If anyone has a chance to listen to it I’d be interested in hearing their thoughts, my understanding (or lack) follows. One topic was free well. Brian is a physicalist but tries to explain how we might have free well or ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:44

by Joel Rich The phrase “ad hayom hazeh” appears 76 times in Tanach and “ad hayom” another 12 times. Some authorities understand it generally to mean until the time the Torah was written while others understand it as forever. Does the latter interpretation mean that some avenues of free will are foreclosed? According to the former, why bother telling us? ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:43

by Joel Rich The Rama frequently use the term bmidinot eilu to describe where a practice exists. Much less frequently the term aratzot is used in the same context (actually – see Y”D 39:18). Any ideas as to the (halachic) difference and why just in this one case? Rabbi Y. Sacks notes that the targum for “vayeavek” (as in “vayeavek ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:42

by Joel Rich Catholic Judges in Capital Cases Amy Coney Barrett, Notre Dame Law School John H. Garvey Whole thing is here https://scholarship.law.nd.edu/law_faculty_scholarship/527/ I found the statements below particularly interesting and would love to discuss parallels with our thought: CATHOLIC JUDGES IN CAPITAL CASES      To anticipate our conclusion just briefly, we believe that Catholic judges (if they are faithful to ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:41

by Joel Rich Rosh Hashanah has been difficult for me for a long time. Rosh Hashana is both a Yom Din and a coronation night(malchiyot). F Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” So how can we ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:40

by Joel Rich R’ Soloveitchik zt’l writes: “Interesting is that when G-d reveals Himself to Moshe and told him that he should prepare the people for kabalas haTorah, He told him ‘and you shall be unto Me a priestly kingdom and holy nation’, ‘ki li kol ha’aretz (Ex.19:5)’ – because the earth is Mine. What’s it got to do with ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:39

by Joel Rich Compare: שו”ת חוות יאיר סימן ט תשובה כתב ראש הפילסופים היוני אהוב סקראט אהוב אפלטון רק האמת אהוב יותר Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas is a Latin phrase, translating to “Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend (literally: Plato is friend, but truth is more friend (to me than he is)).” The maxim ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:38

by Joel Rich I was wondering whether r’ moshe would’ve said the same thing had he known the impact of koshering 10 pm slichot in the MO community שו”ת אגרות משה אורח חיים חלק ב סימן קה אך אם הוא באופן שא”א מחצות ולהלן ויתבטלו אותו הצבור מסליחות יש להתיר בגדר הוראת שעה גם מתחלה…………………. אבל צריך לפרסם ולהודיע שהוא ...

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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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