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 If there are no known chiyuvim at your minyan but there are strangers there, does someone (a gabbai?) ask if there are any chiyuvim or does someone just get up to daven? ~ ~ ~ May a frum therapist suggest to a client who feels guilt about not learning enough that he not strive to spend more ...

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by Joel Rich From The Rav – I’m writing this on the day of the levaya of the 3 kedoshim, I hope I remember the pain and the message by the time this is posted “Man should not ask: Why evil? He should rather raise the question: What am I supposed to do if confronted with evil; how should I ...

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by Joel Rich Hypothetical question: Are there any halachic bounds restricting or forbidding a member of an investment committee of a community institution from profiting on the investments of the institution (e.g. a hedge fund manager investing the organization’s money in his hedge fund)? I was wondering if you know of any academic research into the custom of mourning for ...

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by Joel Rich Words to live by (kach mkublani mbeit avi abba) Maimonides repeatedly emphasized that a bad composition is long on words an short on content. One should be more sparing of his speech than of his money; he should not augment speech and diminish subject matter. When Maimonides wants to denigrate the value of the few existing works ...

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by Joel Rich An important recent email chain (read from the top down): From: Sent: To: Subject: [WestOrangeJewishCommunity] Morocco Aug 13-24 2014 Travel to Morocco with renowned Jewish Scholar, Rabbi Hershel Schachter of Yeshiva University, and Raphael Elmaleh on August 13, through August 24, 2014. Travel includes Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, Meknes, El Jadida, and more. Guided tours and torah lectures ...

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by Joel Rich Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having A Daughter Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues? (link In this paper, we ask whether personal relationships can affect the way that judges decide cases. Political science scholarship on the courts has mostly focused on the decision-making impact of two important attributes: preferences (e.g., ideology, partisanship) and ascriptive characteristics (gender). Less ...

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by Joel Rich From a recent WSJ article, which is relevant to rabbinic lecturers: I”n times gone by, you might send a message internally that didn’t get outside,” says Mr. Sorrell. “Now, everything you write, everything that you say, you should think about it being on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.” Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal ...

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by Joel Rich I’m musing about transitions in law and regulations over time. Does the NBA’s evolved mattiring (allowance) of palming (carrying) tell us anything about halachic evolution in Rabbinic regulations? link Thinkers as profound as Kant have grappled with this question. In the old days, before the death of God, the faithful believed that their talents were gifts from ...

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by Joel Rich From a recent daily reyd: link The picture obviously captured people’s imaginations — two gentlemen who appeared to be around the same age seated on park benches across a chessboard table. One was a Jew dressed in traditional chassidic garments with a beard and thick peyos, his hand on a white bishop, deeply involved in deciding his ...

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Audio Roundup: R. Reisman Special

by Joel Rich Thanks again to my chaver Counselor K for obtaining these CD’s! Rabbi Reisman’s shiurim are available for purchase at: www.mp3shiur.com J-87 – Sichon, Og and the Front Door Doorways (and mezuzot) are reminders of our opportunity for change and increasing our avodat hashem; especially the entryways to our homes (husbands and wives need to prepare to interact ...

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