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 2021:39

by Joel Rich Note to a podcaster: Enjoyed your why trust science podcast. One thing you discussed was how more intense analysis indicated that certain counterintuitive results turned out to be based on faulty work. I would just point out that when results match our intuition one rarely sees anybody say we really should make sure the study was done ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:38

by Joel Rich The Mishna (Shabbat 22:1) says חָבִית שֶׁנִּשְׁבְּרָה, מַצִּילִין הֵימֶנָּה מְזוֹן שָׁלֹשׁ סְעֻדּוֹת, וְאוֹמֵר לַאֲחֵרִים, בֹּאוּ וְהַצִּילוּ לָכֶם, וּבִלְבַד שֶׁלֹּא יִסְפֹּג. אֵין סוֹחֲטִין אֶת הַפֵּרוֹת לְהוֹצִיא מֵהֶן מַשְׁקִין, וְאִם יָצְאוּ מֵעַצְמָן, אֲסוּרִין. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, אִם לְאֳכָלִין, הַיּוֹצֵא מֵהֶן מֻתָּר, וְאִם לְמַשְׁקִין, הַיּוֹצֵא מֵהֶן אָסוּר. חַלּוֹת דְּבַשׁ שֶׁרִסְּקָן מֵעֶרֶב שַׁבָּת וְיָצְאוּ מֵעַצְמָן, אֲסוּרִין. וְרַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר מַתִּיר: From a ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Iyunim B’hilchos Shabbos

by Joel Rich Iyunim B’hilchos Shabbos Summer Zman 2021   Me-Think of shir hashirim as a metaphor for the relationship between HKBH and the Jewish people as he asks us to stay one more day after sukkot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2BJUGJR5fw   Chaver-This version might be more appropriate, if after 7 days of Sukkot you might be Running on Empty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3bUg8wsgVE   Me- ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:37

by Joel Rich How should community leadership (Rabbi/Tovei hair) think about the trade-off between number of attendees and appropriateness of timing when setting time for slichot (including PM)? I recently heard a story that the chafetz chaim prayed that he die al kiddush hashem. Is this true? How do you understand such a prayer? Rabbi Efroni Schlesinger -Building Your Hashkafa- ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:36

by Joel Rich Bava Batra 60b seems to imply (by the comparable reactions) that the destruction of the temple was not as bad as the harsh decrees of Rome (against torah study and mitzvot.) Your thoughts? Brachot 58B says a dead person is not forgotten from the heart for 12 months whereas Moed Katan 8b says 30 days. How do ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:35

by Joel Rich Every morning I repeat the verses (Breishit 22:7) “Vayomer Yitzchak el Avraham aviv vayomer avi, vayomer hineni bni, vayomer hineh haeish vhaetzim vayeh haseh lolah”. The obvious question is why didn’t the verse simply read “vayomer Yitzchak el Avraham aviv hinei haeish . . .”? What did Yitzchak say prior to this? (Similar question Breishit 4:8.) A ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:34

by Joel Rich Bava Batra 164b quotes R’Sheshet as saying there are three sins “ein adam nitzol mehen bchol yom.” Sounds like free will can’t overcome? Praying for one in excruciating pain to die has some halachic underpinning. Others suggest one simply pray for HKB”H to do what’s best for the individual. Why isn’t this what we should pray for ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:33

by Joel Rich Bava Batra 164b quotes R’Sheshet as saying there are three sins “ein adam nitzol mehen bchol yom.” Sounds like free will can’t overcome? Praying for one in excruciating pain to die has some halachic underpinning. Others suggest one simply pray for HKB”H to do what’s best for the individual. Why isn’t this what we should pray for ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Rabbi Sacks zt”l

by Joel Rich   The Philosophy and Writings of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z”l https://torahinmotion.org/system/files/Israel-The%20Philosophy%20and%20Writings%20of%20Rabbi%20Jonathan%20Sacks%20z_l%20%28Part%201%29.mp3 Introduction: Rabbi Sacks. His Life and Works. R’ Sacks was a master communicator both to the Jewish and Non-Jewish communities.  His message was that all of today’s recognized,  positive values are in the Torah.  He chose to write in and engaging manner to get his message ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:32

by Joel Rich This particular topic has always fascinated me (do the dead know what’s going on in this world) as the people seem to have concluded that they definitely do now as evidenced by all the wedding speeches I’ve heard 🙂 I always wondered whether they’re familiar with Rabbi Desslers insight from Rav Eibshitz that the extent they know ...

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