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 Special: Bein HaZmanim – Hilchos Brachos+Hadlakas Neiros

by Joel Rich https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lm_1yqUdSGjKVAlyAGzsLDfsfWqORkC5/preview ברכת הריח-1         How parallel are the birchat hareach to the birchat hanehenin and why are they a separate category?  Our basic understanding of the reasons will explain whether we say yatza/motzi, say a make-up bracha after smelling them and what we do in case of doubt. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F6s7t1C94T1HCmiCTDjNQ4hxuC1azPTe/preview ברכת הריח-2         More on whether birchat hareach is a ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:8

by Joel Rich I am learning the AH”S hilchot tzedaka and am struck by the poverty in the communities he relates to. This reminded me of imi morati ZL”“HH relating her father’s description of the grinding poverty in the shtetl. (lots of sociological history in halacha). Of particular interest was his description of how the universal practice of a kupat ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Iyunim B’Hilchos Shabbos

by Joel Rich   Iyunim B’Hilchos Shabbos – Winter Zman-2020   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g02rOZzgAL0OvK-n_iJd8tInoAMxHX6l/view HaRav Asher Weiss-יסוד מלאכת זורע ובישול         Zorea and mvashel are both mlachot whose results are not immediate, but are they existentially equivalent?  (e.g., taking the pot off the fire has a similar halachic result to uprooting the planting).  R’Weiss thinks they are not existentially equivalent because cooking results are more ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:7

by Joel Rich “There are leaders of the community who have blood on their hands, and it’s the blood of my mother and of many others,” Meshi-Zahav said. Yehuda Meshi-Zahav -“I called everyone asking them to stop the party. I called my mother and asked her not to do it and spoke to other family members,” he said. “I said ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:6

by Joel Rich For trolley enthusiasts: Reuvain (falls, jumps off from) the sixth floor balcony. As he passes by the fourth floor a bullet from Shimon’s fourth floor apartment is released (accidentally, just to let off steam, to kill Levi across the street) piercing Reuvain’s brain and destroying it. As Reuvain’s body passes the third floor and awning (which he ...

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich Agudas Yisrael- Iyunim BHilchos Shabbos-summer 2020 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1abZHuVOXgct5Trh0L4rSWph3I0jbOlLv/preview HaRav Lipa Geldwerth-דברי חיזוק         We live in challenging times and our response should be more msirat nefesh for torah. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18Wlh6FSXcbpnyfTSIqMhxI3C75VQJ96R/preview HaRav Yosef Kushner-מסחרבשבת – הלכהלמעשה         A “Jewish business” operating on Shabbat employing non-bnai brit is a big problem.  The question is who are they really working for (who is running it, ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:5

by Joel Rich On belief based on personal experience: A pure rationalist would separate himself from his own experience and analyze starting with how many people there are, how many situations similar to his own,….. and determine based on the entire sample space (ex. one person has a dream that someone they know got sick, and they actually did. analysis-how ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:4

by Joel Rich About 50 years ago if I recall correctly I heard R’ N Alpert ZT”L say that the reason we don’t say a bracha sheasani yisrael is that HKBH can only give us the opportunity to be so but it is up to us to make ourselves so. It has stuck with me a long time. Thoughts on ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:4

by Joel Rich Why didn’t Yeshoshua ask HKB”H (or do so himself) to appoint a successor as his teacher Moshe Rabbeinu had done? A note to a podcaster: I’ve listened to most of your podcasts and find them of great interest. I may have missed it but I’m surprised you haven’t had a religious thinker on who would answer some ...

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Audio Roundup: Agudah Special

by Joel Rich   Agudas Yisrael-Yerach Ha’Eisonim Series   https://agudah.org/yerach-haeisonim-series/ Yerach Ha’Eisonim Series       https://drive.google.com/file/d/19MVOJ-qS6DI8IlUxw2Rn_z68jfAPSpud/preview HaRav Asher Weiss-פתיחה להלכות ד’ מינים: הדור מצוה         What is the nature of hiddur mitzvah?  It’s been posited as a duraita, duraita w/ rabbinic definition or hanhaga tova.  Perhaps there are two categories (generic and specific to a specific mitzvah).   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O_5U2a-xJWExUzOtj4y3uB1ythZusaf6/preview HaRav ...

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