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: Agudah Convention 2021

by Joel Rich   https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?a=169101 Fighting for Orthodoxy in an UnOrthodox world This session discusses fighting anti-chareidism in tradition and social media.  We should be treated the same as other groups (not singled out).  Of course we follow daas torah but it’s not top down (me sounds like a dynamic tension.)  Don’t defend the indefensible   https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?a=169839 Friday Keynote Session: ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:44

by Joel Rich Note to a Rabbi re: “family room” at chapel: Just curious whether you’ve ever gotten any traction with people not doing the open house at the funeral chapel. I’m sure there are some people who know you’re not allowed to comfort it just seems like a big chukat hagoyim/lfnei iver. Fwiw my sister and I told people ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Hilchos Shmita Series

by Joel Rich   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_tshaRCmdajKFGWtVP020XFqO9VHyRIf/preview HaRav Asher Weiss: Sunday 10/10/21-Principals of Shmitta Is there a mitzvah to eat peirot shviit?  Does the owner or the torah make them hefker?  Can shamur and nevad be eaten?  Is not working the land a din in gavra, cheftza or both?  Don’t buy a piece of land, do support farmers who keep shviit.   ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:43

by Joel Rich Rabbi Soloveitchik on Transcending Death Link to video IMHO while he specifically speaks of his father, it can be applicable to each of us as part of the eternal nation and the mesora chain The Tzitz Eliezer (12:40) outlines (what I thought to be) normative psak in kavod sefer torah, that people should go to kiss the ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:42

by Joel Rich I was looking at ger katan and thinking that he must be patur from 7 mitzvot for, if not, conversion to Judaism would be a case of going to kedusha kala if chayav as a ben noach but not as a jew. Thoughts? I always wondered what titanu (you let us wander) was doing at the end ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:42

by Joel Rich How widespread is the practice of having an aveil daven on rosh chodesh up to, but not including, yishtabach? What is halachically gained by this practice? (During a regular shacharit as well?) From Nefesh Hachayim loose translations – addressed to whom? Chapter 3:8: “With my eyes I saw one place some men who were habituated in this ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Shiurim of Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst 2

by Joel Rich Shiurim of Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst http://www.psak.org/Audios/2017/Rabbi%20Fuerst%2006-11-17.mp3 Misc. Shailos in Halacha Part 4         Topics include selling cigarettes to someone who says they will smoke on Shabbat (OK, if legally required) and keeping your word on a pledge.   http://www.psak.org/Audios/2018/Rabbi%20Fuerst%20Shiur%202018-12-23.mp3 Misc. Shailos in Halacha Part 5         Renter ruined two tiles but no matching ones are available (only ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:41

by Joel Rich Think about the six zchirot that we’re commanded to remember. Do you sense something about the language sometimes using to remember and sometimes not to forget and sometimes both. To the thine own self be true is particularly appropriate because of the second half which is for then thou canst not be false to any other man. ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Shiurim of Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst

by Joel Rich Shiurim of Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?a=140389 Seudah for Bar/Bas Mitzvah, Birthdays         How should a bar (or bat) mitzvah be celebrated and must it be “bo bayom”?  a number of approaches discussed.         Birthday celebrations?  There are a range of opinions (ignore, introspect, give a drasha) especially for landmark ones.         [Interesting side point.  If a non ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:40

Joel Rich Given the hashkafa (if not halacha?) of being trustees (not owners) of our bodies, shouldn’t obesity rates in the frum community be lower than those in the surrounding community? Are they? While the Talmud refers a number of times to the yikirei Yerushalayim, there’s at least one girsa (sukkah 37a) which has Yihirei Yerushalayim. Interesting how the same ...

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