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 2022:5

by Joel Rich I’ve never really resolved myself how I feel about the concept that the first people who do something are sinners but if enough of them do it becomes the norm and acceptable. Thoughts? MB (3:11) points out that shir hamaalot is said before birchat hamazon on Shabbat (and non-tachanun days) in place of al naharot bavel. So ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Rabbi Lopiansky 2

by Joel Rich RABBI LOPIANSKY – Special – Part Two  (Last 21 on 42 Shiurim)   My comment to a magid shiur-Just wanted to mention that I thought your point about active learning versus edutainment is an underappreciated one. It’s probably true at all ages but I would reinforce that if you don’t keep up an active participation in learning, ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:4

by Joel Rich John Kennedy said the ancient Greeks defined happiness as the full use of powers along lines of excellence. It struck me that this was very similar to an insight I heard from Rabbi Nissan Alpert Z”L discussing Yaakov‘s blessing to Yissachar. 14 Issachar is a large-boned ass, couching down between the sheep-folds. 15 For he saw a ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Rabbi Lopiansky

by Joel Rich RABBI LOPIANSKY – Special – Part One (First 21 on 42 Shiurim)   I’m currently reading “Taaroch Lfanai Shulchan” based on the writings of  R’ Henkin HY”D. Besides helping improve my Hebrew, the insights into R’ Epsteins rabbanut as he wrote the Aruch Hashulchan put a sharp point on the difference between a rabbinic authority for a ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:3

by Joel Rich My note to a utilitarian podcaster who interviewed a utilitarian and honestly questioned him on some obvious challenges to philosophical utilitarianism: Just something to think about. Is it an example of confirmation bias to say that the challenges to utilitarianism can be overcome by use of practical application rather than saying that the challenges to deontology can ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:2

by Joel Rich I’ve never really resolved myself how I feel about the concept that the first people who do something are sinners but if enough of them do it becomes the norm and acceptable. Thoughts? MB (3:11) points out that shir hamaalot is said before birchat hamazon on Shabbat (and non-tachanun days) in place of al naharot bavel. So ...

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Audio Roundup 2022:1

by Joel Rich Interesting explanation: Mduraita we don’t have to be mvarer(clarify) but can rely on chazaka or rov. It’s only drabanan to do so, so as not to appear as ignoring a possible issur. So if there’s not much bother, we should clarify. If it’s a bother, no one will suspect you of looking away from an issur (Shut ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:47

by Joel Rich Why, in general, do poskim write “yesh min harishonim” or “yesh mi sheomer” or “yesh omrim” rather than quote the source by name? Sorry but I just had to send this out to get me to stop laughing a bitte gelechter (bitter laugh-per imi morati zll”hh) From an article in today’s WS journal on the OU not ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:46

by Joel Rich A discussion: Me-Just curious. Do you have a sense of why so many MO feel the need to post the details of their lives on Facebook and not see this as a contradiction to hatznea lalechet? Response: From a Pulpit Rabbi-I don’t think it has anything to do with MO. The social media world has become obsessed ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:45

by Joel Rich I’ve noticed that sometimes the Aruch Hashulchan will say “haminhag pashut” and sometimes “Kdamnuni (it appears to me) haminhag.” I wonder what his algorithm was for these categorizations. In terms of practical application, does lev mlachim byad hashem have an impact on our actions or is it still we do our hishtadlut and HKBH controls the results? ...

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