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: 2017:47

by Joel Rich My comment to a recent post on Lehrhaus on women and intensive talmud study: Is encouraging intensive study of Talmud for women a community priority or is the priority to make such study available for those who choose to avail themselves of the opportunity? Especially if the former, where does it stand in relation to other community ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:46

by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner: Musical Instruments during Davening Q: Is it permissible to play instruments during Hallel? A: It is forbidden on account of “Chukat Ha-Goyim – following the non-Jewish practices” (Shut Chatam Yoreh Deah #84-96, Choshen Mishpat #192. Kaf Ha-Chaim, Orach Chaim 151:19. Shut Minchat Yitzchak 5:96). (Me-didn’t they do so when tehillim were written?) Bringing the ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:45

by Joel Rich A letter to the editor Gary Rosenblatt ends “Between the Lines: ‘Huge’ moment for advocates of Orthodox women rabbis” with a quote from Jonathan Sarna stating, “the issue of women has long been a lightning rod” in Jewish life, and it has become “the decisive issue in America today.” I would submit that the decisive issue today ...

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Audio Roundup: YU and the World of Tomorrow

by Joel Rich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC73PtFt-v8 YU and the World of Tomorrow: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Interviewed by Rabbi Ari Lamm Judaism alone balances the universal with the particular and focuses on community (a real face-to-face one) and truth as important values. Technology, and education always go and grow together. R’Sacks wishes we wouldn’t use the label Modern Orthodoxy because it’s too ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:43

by Joel Rich What is (was) the “elevator speech”of the HS/post-HS educational institution that you attended? How did it differentiate itself from other institutions competing for similarly situated students? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From the WSJ Nationally, the High Holy Days period, which incorporates Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, translates into roughly $480 million in sales of Jewish products ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:42

by Joel Rich Interesting article in the Journal “Ohr Yisrael” #16 by R’Avraham Rubin on Timtum Halev (spiritual pollution – an old favorite of mine). His general conclusion was that eating something that would be classified as “forbidden foods,” if you know it is such, will cause timtum halev (spiritual character defects) even if you are permitted to eat it ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:41

by Joel Rich Rabbi Jason Weiner’s new book, “Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making” provides a valuable service to a wide audience. The main text of the book provides a valuable overview and the chapter endnotes provide both secular and halachic citations for those interested in a deeper dive into the complex issues raised. The book covers some important general ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:40

by Joel Rich The S”A in O”C 53 discusses what to look for in a Shlicah Tzibbur. We seem to not fully actualize these recommendations (rationalizations include the fact that he is no longer being motzi those who can’t pray). Do you think this result is sociological or halachic driven? Does an individual (e.g., avel) who pushes to be a ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:39

by Joel Rich I note the following practices at a chareidi shul in RBS which has multiple minyanim: At the appointed starting time for each minyan, there is often not a “volunteer” to lead the services. The amount of time that it takes to start varies as everyone looks at each other trying to influence someone to start. If there ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:38

by Joel Rich In one of his shiurim, R’Reisman questioned a common (my) understanding of how those who are no longer with us could be judged based on the future impact of their deeds on an ongoing basis. The specific example was two individuals (A & B) separately caused two other individuals (C & D, who were totally equivalent) to ...

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