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.

Audion Roundup 2018:28

by Joel Rich Is the debate between LWO (for lack of a better term) and Orthodoxy which is not LWO concerning how to deal with mishkav zachor couples more rooted in traditional sources or in western liberalisms focus on the care/harm axis vs. the tradition and sanctity axes. So as long as we’re talking about those axes and how much ...

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Audion Roundup 2018:27

by Joel Rich From a blog: I think Mrs. Fisch hit the nail on the head. Whether or not learning Mishnayot for the deceased does something for the Nishama, it definitely does something for the living, both the person learning, and for the family of the deceased My response: and ongoing lifestyle changes even more though. I remember one maspid ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:26

by Joel Rich I was discussing with someone their attempt to be mlamed zchut on those who do not say al naharot bavel during the week before birchat hamazon. I looked into it a number of years back and cannot convince myself that any of those reasons were really valid(much the same as the heicha kedusha in most cases) I’m ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:25

by Joel Rich iGen (Jean M. Twenge) Me – while Dr. Twenge’s methodology may be subject to question, these trends need to give us pause as they would represent even more outside pressure in the wrong direction. “But technology is not the only change shaping this generation. The i Gen represents the individualism its members take for granted . . ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:24

by Joel Rich I guess the prayer efforts in schools are a good idea but I’ve always felt the problem is not having a relationship with HKB”H, the prayer issues are only a symptom, not the underlying disease. Anecdotally, it seems to me I’ve seen an increase in “individualistic” practices across the orthodox spectrum [e.g., davening at one’s own pace ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:23

by Joel Rich The more I learn S”A and M”B the more I understand the Maharshal’s opposition to codification vs. relearning the basic sources to obtain the clearest understanding possible of Chazal’s underlying theories for extrapolation to new cases (each iteration away from the primary source can cloud fine points, or Godel’s incompleteness theorem). I also see much more of ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:22

by Joel Rich Life can seem like a kaleidoscope going from an azkara for a close friend to a delayed flight “home” to pulling over for the Yom Hazikaron siren to the joy of Yom Haatzmaut, family, friends. . . I feel overwhelming thanks for being able to avoid the nihilism of post-modern existentialism by being part of the eternal ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:21

by Joel Rich In the discussion of the beer brouhaha, one source quoted is S’A M 99:7, which deals with a case where Reuvain signs over his assets to a third party, borrows money, but continues his business as if nothing happened. The Beit Din is to look through the sign over. If the lender comes to collect and Reuvain ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:20

by Joel Rich From “Scalia Speaks” – “The religious person – the truly religious person – cannot divide all his policy preferences into those that are theologically motivated and those that proceed from purely naturalistic inclinations. Can any of us say whether he would be the sort of moral creature he is without a belief in a supreme Lawgiver, and ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:19

by Joel Rich How widespread is the practice of reserving (through a bang on a table) one kaddish at the end of davening for someone marking their Yahrzeit? What is the source of this practice? (Me – perhaps the original practice of only one person saying Kaddish). 2 Rabbi Hershel Schachter-Berachos #89 47ab – L’shem Yichud, Zachor veShamor, Demai, Revoking ...

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