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 2019:2

by Joel Rich I recently was in a Shul in Aretz where they said the haftara from a Chumash yet the baal korei read it for the oleh. Apparently this is standard practice in this Shul – has anyone seen this in the US? A Father’s Story – Stephen M. Flatow. Steve has written a poignant book interweaving his family ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:1

by Joel Rich As I understand it, there was an El AL flight that was going to divert to Rome due to Shabbat considerations, but was given permission by the chief rabbinate to fly on to Israel due to Pikuach nefesh considerations of one passenger. Interesting trade off when you take a consequential approach. Want to have an entertaining and ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:50

by Joel Rich Anyone know of any writings on how to think about Amoraic statements that are not sourced but very basic (i.e., why weren’t they recorded earlier)? Two quick examples: 1.) Shmuel – dina dmalchuta dina, 2.) Rav-Tisha achlu dagan vechad achal yerek-mitztarphin. The Mishna in Sukkah (9a) discusses Sukkah Yeshana which one would have thought meant an old ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:49

by Joel Rich From a write-up on borer and peelers: “peelers for peels that are generally eaten with the fruit,” (are “viewed as a sophisticated knife”) Me-1.which requires definition of how we determine “generally” (wo, essex county, us, world……………) 2.Is a sieve a sophisticated fork??? 3.No doubt that minhag yisrael includes many who do it-it’s just not clear to me ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah USA 2018 Convention

by Joel Rich The complete program and videos can be found here:  https://www.agudahconvention.org/program My general comments are at the end of this post https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?a=71324 Agudah Convention: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head… Again – Halachic and Hashkafic Perspectives Antisemitism can be seen as a nes l’ra (a miracle with seemingly negative impact) as it forces us to be aware of the presence ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:48

My response to a Cross Currents post on the new popular chareidi music and literature: As far as the general low culture issue, can we at least agree that even the “frum” low culture does in fact represent some acculturation from the general society around us? Some would argue that conscious awareness of this acculturation allows us to better manage ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:47

by Joel Rich It is certainly preferable to either eat bread or stop eating before shekia (or close to it – beyond our present scope). If you partake in a full meal but refrain from bread for a certain reason, leniency has strong grounds. If you are picking at food according to your mood, and even more so if you ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:46

by Joel Rich Re: contact sports. I know there is a debate as to whether the ability to waive liability refers to both monetary and spiritual liabilities. I was wondering, according to those who said you can waive the spiritual liability, whether that would also work retroactively (e.g. would somebody escape lashes for less than a penny’s worth of damage ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:45

by Joel Rich From a post-The philosopher Thomas Nagel wrote a celebrated essay about consciousness called “What is it Like to be a Bat?” In some small yet significant way, my Selichot experience gave me some insight into the rarely considered question “what is it like to be an Orthodox Jewish woman (in a minyan)?” On the Beren Campus, I ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:44

by Joel Rich Question: I’ve been thinking about the number of times the shulchan aruch(or M”B) says that it’s worth giving deference to a minority opinion.I’m wondering if this is the result of the algorithmic approach rather than going through the entire sugya to come to a conclusion? Do we see this same propensity in prior authorities who were not ...

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