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 2020:28

by Joel Rich Sean Carroll interviews Maria konnikova on his Mindscape podcast It’s almost monkly or Saintly this idea that the process and what we do is what we should be focusing our judgment on not the outcome. In the real world the idea of being results oriented sounds like accomplishment Me-Sound familiar? ============================================ From a blog post on diversity: ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:27

by Joel Rich II wanted to bounce an idea off of you all. I’m doing an ongoing class in Rambam’s Hilchot Yesodei Hatorah Last week we compared the Rambam’s concept of “knowing” (cognitively) Of God’s existence with Rav Lichtenstein’s Source of Faith piece which focuses on experience. It seems to me that there was a fundamental paradigm shift (as defined ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:26

by Joel Rich There are four identical quadruplets brothers, Robert, Simon, Larry and Judah. Robert , Larry and Simon are all asymptomatic carriers of the corona virus but Judah is not. The local law and rabbinic authorities require wearing a mask when going out in public but none of them do. The four brothers are not clearly identifiable, when seen, ...

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Audio Special: Rav Soloveitchik Daf Yomi

by Joel Rich   https://alldaf.org/p/71102 Shabbos 87: Kal V’Chomer from Korban Pesach         Sippur ytziat mitzrayim as a kiyum in matzah, maror and emunah. https://alldaf.org/p/71137 Shabbos 88: Or’yon Tlisa’i         When the gemara says that the reason for having three aliyot are to parallel Torah, Neveim and Ketuvim, it meant that Torah includes all of those themes/elements.  Cohain, levi, yisrael ...

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Audio Special: Responses to Coronavirus in Jewish Ritual and Theology

by Joel Rich   R E Zuckier-YU Course-Responses to Coronavirus in Jewish Ritual and Theology   https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/954594/rabbi-shlomo-zuckier/aaleh-et-korona-al-rosh-simhati-recent-theologies-of-mourning-and-rejoicing-in-a-time-of-pandemic/ Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier-‘Aaleh et Korona al Rosh Simhati’: Recent Theologies of Mourning and Rejoicing in a Time of Pandemic         Three tracks of rabbinic response to corona virus:  (1) Embrace the challenge  (2) Cling to normalcy  (3) Go with the flow.  Specific example discussed. ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:25

by Joel Rich To a pulpit rabbi: I strongly support a recent discussion concerning return to synagogue. I do have to say that there’s one point that I deeply disagree on. Maybe it’s a matter of nuance that cannot be communicated in trying times to the general public. I don’t believe that flattening the curve has no halachic import. In ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:24

by Joel Rich I’ve posted a number of comments over the years relating to the delicate dance between poskim and their communities. IMHO (for a long while), as microelectronics become more embedded in society, the result will be micro-halachic justified allowances where shabbat is not compromised (even as the definition of compromised changes with time. (data points- r moshe-timeclocks, refrigerators…) ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:23

by Joel Rich The mishna brura is full of examples where the author suggests avoiding the issue rather than providing an answer by picking one authority’s approach over another. It’s an approach – not sure why it found so much favor ( as in a ben tora doesn’t eat granola bars because of the difficulty in determining the appropriate blessings). ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:22

by Joel Rich Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality. Socrates ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:21

by Joel Rich In a discussion of who has daat torah, I commented: There’s a much more basic issue which is does any knowledge or exposure outside of ”pure Torah” pasul you or at least make your output more suspect The purists argue that this is in fact the case because you can never be sure where your results come ...

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