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.

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by Joel Rich From Cross Currents: Our tour guide, Avi Gal – who called himself secular – was a delight. He was thoroughly versed in Christian scripture, but understood exactly when to throw in something to put Israel and Jews in a good light without propagandizing. We had frequent discussions/arguments about Yiddishkeit. By the end of the six days, though, ...

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by Joel Rich From a recent headline: MK Moshe Gafne announces that he remains at the forefront of the system, always looking out for chareidi interests, making sure the chareidi tzibur gets what it is entitled to : My questions – how is entitlement defined? Who worries about the overall health of klal yisrael? From: https://www.torahmusings.com/2016/03/nature-sanhedrin-people/ If each tribe had ...

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by Joel Rich Great Big Ideas: An Entire Undergraduate Education While Standing on One Foot Series of essential lectures, which try to summarize the current state and importance of individual fields of knowledge with an eye towards convincing students to study them more deeply.  Chochma bagoyim taamin –I think it’s important for a ben torah to understand the world we ...

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by Joel Rich Lmaan Achai is a charitable organization whose business model (smart chessed) seems blindingly obvious – teach someone to fish rather than give them fish. Outcomes measurement for all charitable spending would be valuable but in their absence, I wonder how folks think about breaking the cycle of poverty. In the U.S. Secretary Clinton is being attacked for ...

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by Joel Rich The set of lectures is organized differently than most psychology lectures I’ve seen.  This approach allows one to dial into specific applications.  I thought about listing out where current research might inform on halachic applications but will settle for pointing out how important (IMHO) it is for poseik (and individuals) to have a firm grip on the ...

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by Joel Rich Unfortunately, I recently spent a week in Aretz at the shiva for my niece. One of the menachamim (comforters) was Rav Asher Weiss. As Rav Asher began to speak to the aveilim, I automatically took out my pen and began taking notes (much easier listening at regular speed rather than double). On his way out I asked ...

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by Joel Rich I’m struck by how the ability of technology to make information available (including Torah information) in our day might mirror the impact of literacy and publishing on earlier generations. Was there rabbinic reaction back then? ~ ~ ~ See this post for an issue that I’ve been trying to understand for years: link That the judiciary must ...

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by Joel Rich Worthwhile listening for those looking for outside context https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3Zx-qcNZf4&index=1&list=PLFFD1C791A86FB485 History 2D: Science, Magic, and Religion, Lecture 1, UCLA Introduction to the course. In prehistory, there were no boundaries between science (natural), religion (supernatural) and magic (bringing the supernatural to the natural world). At the start of the enlightenment, these were separated and science became the public language ...

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by Joel Rich I’m struck by how the ability of technology to make information available (including Torah information) in our day might mirror the impact of literacy and publishing on earlier generations. Was there rabbinic reaction back then? ~ ~ ~ See this post for an issue that I’ve been trying to understand for years: link That the judiciary must ...

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by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner-Does anyone else say this: “Al Naharot Bavel” Q: Should one say “Al Naharot Bavel” before the Birkat Ha-Mazon on weekdays? A: It is proper to do so, but is not obligatory since it is not found in the Gemara, Rambam or Shulchan Aruch, but in the Shelah (Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah, would not ...

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