Author Archives: Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

Audio Roundup 2024:13

by Joel Rich The gemara in chulin (105b) has a series of cases where abaye originally had a rationalist reason for certain practices (eg handwashing) and Raba corrected (?) him and gave an esoteric reason. While there’s discussion of the individual cases in the commentaries, I didn’t see any overarching discussion of Abaye’s original approach (why?) or his (possible) acceptance ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:12

by Joel Rich I was asked from an individual who posted concerning a chayal kadosh’s family whether they wanted nichum from folks they didn’t know. The person responded : I take it as a Mitzva to visit the Avelim. Besides, you never know, they might be looking for an Asiri for the Minyan. My response That is certainly true The ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:12

by Joel Rich From a WSJ piece, was the current structure of Chabad intentional? Part of Schneerson’s brilliance was to ensure that no one would succeed him as Chabad’s rebbe, with the result of distributing responsibility for his formidable legacy as far and wide as possible. In doing so, he reminded his many admirers that true spiritual genius is vanishingly ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Dimensions of Jewish Ethics

by Joel Rich Dimensions of Jewish Ethics with Dr. David Shatz   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181Dk0e4ZuA&t=2s Divine Command and Human Decision making We believe that “ethics” were revealed at Sinai (as in pirkei avot = ethics of the fathers – given to Moshe at Sina). How do we respond to Euthyphro’s dilemma (“Is the pious to be loved by the gods because it ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Two TIM Series

by Joel Rich Two Torah-In-Motion Series Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody-Civilian Casualties in Halakha: Jewish Perspectives on Military Ethics  Rabbi Aviad Tabory-From Judicial reform to War in Azza – Religious and Halachic Challenges in the State of Israel   1) Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody-Civilian Casualties in Halakha: Jewish Perspectives on Military Ethics  https://torahinmotion.org/tim-torah/civilian-casualties-in-halakha-jewish-perspectives-on-military-ethics-part-1 Civilian Casualties in Halakha: Jewish Perspectives on Military ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:11

by Joel Rich Just some thoughts on AI psak. It’s not clear to me that if all of an authorities rulings were recorded in full detail, including litigants details, that AI would not reproduce emotional intelligence included in such decisions. It’s also an interesting thought as to whether sod hashem lyreav is based on the individual or the ruling, if ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5784

by Joel Rich Shiurim are here: https://agudahyarcheikallah.org/yyk-shiurim-2024/ Program is here: https://agudathisrael.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EU9s2XsljRpPudhVETsLTj4B1F16tp-k5MwBflrGKJO6uQ?e=56cqqh   https://agudathisrael.sharepoint.com/:u:/g/EdN4kfADSoZHlZi0XScnE3MBV2DNELdFk7NnDJNYCoYRdg?e=h80cmQ Shiur Hakdama-HaRav Asher Weiss There are three models of halachic financial liabilities: avel (damages), tmura (you benefitted) and hitchayvut (obligated oneself). Where do shomrim fit in? Is a shomer’s obligation based on a standard set by the torah, what the average person perceives or some combination of ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:10

by Joel Rich Comment on rabbinic workarounds/loopholes: I’ve often thought of the process as a three-part algorithm involving how much is at risk what is the cost and how does it fit into our overarching sense of purpose? Of course, this won’t stop the cynics because they will question who gets to decide. I also wonder whether we might look ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:9

by Joel Rich The mishna in chulin (100b) features a machloket as to whether gid hanasheh applies only to kosher animals (tanna kama) or all animals (R Yehuda). In the Mishna itself R Yehuda brings a proof from the fact that bnai yaakov were commanded in gid hanasheh even though non-Kosher animals were permitted t o them. The response to ...

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Audio Roundup Special: R Avi Zakutinsky

Myths and Misconceptions In Halacha   https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/1090842 Part 1 Practices and possible explanations including: kashering utensils in a flower pot, mishloach manot requiring two brachot, holding chatan /kala jewelry segula, pointing pinky at the torah, chazan not saying the end of the gael yisrael bracha, sleeping or forgetting during six hours allows eating chalav after basar, one time utensil use ...

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