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 2022:37

by Joel Rich My comment concerning a shiur which discussed eulogies: From Your shiur it seems like the earliest sources were pretty clear that it’s for the honor of the departed and it was only later that the dual nature (also for the living)you articulated became accepted. In particular it seems strange that nobody before the gesher hachaim proposed that ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:36

by Joel Rich When the [Ukrainian] wedding celebrations were coming to the end (after a few days), wedding guests would put the parents of the bride or groom on a wagon and take them to the village inn (bar) for the so-called “selling of the parents,” which meant the parents had to buy everyone a drink. If the parents married ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Kriat Hatorah

by Joel Rich   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bvkEF5GddXOEqJgLxhJ8OGUoW7VXeUi_/preview Inyanei Krias HaTorah -1 Which “neviim” established the cycle of not going three days without kriat hatora? Why do we read on Monday and Thursday?   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ijLlohE6TTGTBekZWsfJIv5_kCfUaE6O/preview Inyanei Krias HaTorah -2 The gemara has two sources on requiring kriat hatora. How do we reconcile them with the timeline of the torah’s writing? Perhaps one is ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:34

by Joel Rich A letter to the editor included the following quote regarding the lack of statistics to back up assertions in a prior article, “…as a Modern Orthodox community we pride ourselves in applying nuanced and scientific analysis to complex issues”. It’s my anecdotal observation that the community has not invested much in the way of resources to actually ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:33

by Joel Rich Poster-I have always found it strange that those who have made Aliyah want others to do the same, yet are unconcerned about the large numbers of Israelis who leave Israel….Shouldn’t this be at least as important concern as making Aliyah? Me-Sure, everyone has their own story. To me the question was, What will I answer HKB”H when ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Iyunim Bhilchos Shabbos Summer 2022

by Joel Rich   https://drive.google.com/file/d/19cRedSKCkUSDIcmY1UldacONscJsBwMP/preview?usp=sharing HaRav Shraga Kallus 5/4/2022-INTRODUCTION TO HILCHOS SHIHIYA This shiur sets out some of the basic concerns for shhia, hatmana and hachzara and then discusses some practical implications. There’s a difference between a psychological concern that you’ll want to continue cooking and one that your act will look like cooking.   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p9p3keDXUn9cLQR1HZCPbKNa2p3c1luc/preview HaRav Asher Weiss 5/1/2022-SEFIRAS ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:32

by Joel Rich Is a psak forever? Example- a pulpit rabbi holds a unique lenient position concerning grama on Shabbat. After his retirement, is every future congregant (and Rabbi) “bound” by that leniency? Are members of that congregation bound to inform visitors of their utilization of the leniency? I wonder in the case of the next generation inheriting the non-kosher ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:31

by Joel Rich The Grasshopper Effect and Other Defects in Modern Orthodox Leadership | jewishideas.org https://www.jewishideas.org/article/grasshopper-effect-and-other-defects-modern-orthodox-leadership There’s an awful lot in here. In general, I certainly agree that if one has self-esteem about their approach to life, then they need not worry about somebody having a different approach. In my mind, and this is not something that I’ve ever been ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:29

by Joel Rich There’s a difference of opinion as to whether a parent can waive the twelve month aveilut for their child. What are the arguments both ways for doing or not doing so? To a pulpit rav: Might want to tell your community members or individuals who are thinking about secular college experience about this: The base rate fallacy, ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:28

by Joel Rich My Shavuot Learning – Coincidence? Rambam Hilchot Mlachim Chapter 5: 9-10 Similarly, one may leave Eretz Yisrael to conduct commercial enterprises. However, it is forbidden to leave with the intent of settling permanently in the Diaspora unless the famine in Eretz Yisrael is so severe that a dinar’s worth of wheat is sold at two dinarim. When ...

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