Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2018:32

by Joel Rich The Rambam [codified in S”A E”H 22:7] states that, if a man’s business is such that he can’t avoid even only rabbinic yichud issues, he should yifneh l’mlacha acheret (find another line of work). We also know that many times rabbinic rules are set aside in the case of great loss [but see Pitchei Tshuva Y”D 157:4] ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:31

by Joel Rich Chumash Mesoras Harav – Sefer Devarim: Chumash with Commentary Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik What can be said that hasn’t already been said about Rabbi JB Soloveitchik. Learning through the final volume (Dvarim) is, of course, struck by his brilliance, poetic communication ability and the breadth of his sources. However what truly comes ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:30

by Joel Rich Scholarly Man of Faith – Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Edited by Ephram Kanarfogel and Dov Schwartz. This book contains a series of essays on the thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik. Perhaps its essence is best captured in this line from the Introduction: “It is possible to suggest that the dynamism of ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:29

by Joel Rich Should advanced Talmud studies for women be a high priority goal for MO or an option?(i.e. do we push for it for all but those who resist or have it as an option for the motivated?) Why? What about for men? What is the state of play today? Memorial Day Musing—should we reflect the contemporary urban Memorial ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:28

by Joel Rich Is the debate between LWO (for lack of a better term) and Orthodoxy which is not LWO concerning how to deal with mishkav zachor couples more rooted in traditional sources or in western liberalisms focus on the care/harm axis vs. the tradition and sanctity axes. So as long as we’re talking about those axes and how much ...

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Audion Roundup 2018:27

by Joel Rich From a blog: I think Mrs. Fisch hit the nail on the head. Whether or not learning Mishnayot for the deceased does something for the Nishama, it definitely does something for the living, both the person learning, and for the family of the deceased My response: and ongoing lifestyle changes even more though. I remember one maspid ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:26

by Joel Rich I was discussing with someone their attempt to be mlamed zchut on those who do not say al naharot bavel during the week before birchat hamazon. I looked into it a number of years back and cannot convince myself that any of those reasons were really valid(much the same as the heicha kedusha in most cases) I’m ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:25

by Joel Rich iGen (Jean M. Twenge) Me – while Dr. Twenge’s methodology may be subject to question, these trends need to give us pause as they would represent even more outside pressure in the wrong direction. “But technology is not the only change shaping this generation. The i Gen represents the individualism its members take for granted . . ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:24

by Joel Rich I guess the prayer efforts in schools are a good idea but I’ve always felt the problem is not having a relationship with HKB”H, the prayer issues are only a symptom, not the underlying disease. Anecdotally, it seems to me I’ve seen an increase in “individualistic” practices across the orthodox spectrum [e.g., davening at one’s own pace ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:23

by Joel Rich The more I learn S”A and M”B the more I understand the Maharshal’s opposition to codification vs. relearning the basic sources to obtain the clearest understanding possible of Chazal’s underlying theories for extrapolation to new cases (each iteration away from the primary source can cloud fine points, or Godel’s incompleteness theorem). I also see much more of ...

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