Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2018:40

by Joel Rich In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence occurs when “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” meaning the whole has properties its parts do not have. These properties come about because of interactions among the parts. Emergence plays a central role in theories of integrative levels and of complex systems. For instance, the ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:39

by Joel Rich If you were in a situation where you could only pray with a minyan once that day (Shacharit or mincha—assume a non-Torah reading day), which would you choose? Would your answer be the same if it were an ongoing situation? Perhaps this explains our practice-in order to avoid chukat hagoyim? Matthew 6:1-4 New International Version (NIV) 1 ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:38

by Joel Rich According to my numerology, this is audio roundup #520, which my advanced mathematical skills lead me to believe means I’ve been doing this for ten years. Thanks to HKB”H–It’s been a great discipliner for me and I hope has not been silent raindrops fallin in the well. The gemara (Bava Metziah 83b) discusses what hours a worker ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:37

by Joel Rich Assume that “surveys” show that the percentage of “top” (TBD) scientists who consider themselves religious is dramatically lower than that of a similar demographic of non-top scientists (and non-scientists). How would one go about explaining the causes of this differential theoretically and then testing the theory? The Rama in O”C 132:2 states that the “kaddish yatom” (mourners’ ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:36

by Joel Rich As part of my continuing search for understanding why an atheist might feel bound to ethics, I read an interesting book, “Finding Purpose in a Godless World; Why We Care Even if the Universe Doesn’t” (Ralph Lewis, MD). How can you not love a book that quotes Ozymandis, the introduction to the Stone Chumash, R’W Goldstein and ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:35

by Joel Rich More related to my theory on acculturation of western liberal values: I discussed this topic with my friend, Rabbi Kerry Olitzky from North Brunswick. Formerly a long-time director of Big Tent Judaism (originally the Jewish Outreach Institute), an agency that focuses on outreach to intermarried couples and families, as well as to the unengaged, Kerry has been ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:34

by Joel Rich I’ve posited that the main challenge to orthodoxy today is being acculturated by the surrounding post-modern society which believes there is no objective truth. I found listening to this discussion at the London School of Economics really eye opening as the participants (at least it seemed to me) struggled to discover meaning while analyzing post modernism. http://www.lse.ac.uk/website-archive/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=3892 ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:33

by Joel Rich Reuvain awakes in the middle of the night and, forgetting that it is Shabbat, blurts out, “I really want to sell my chametz.” Then, realizing that it’s Shabbat, he makes a mental note to take care of it after Shabbat. He then forgets about it until after Pesach has already started. However, Alexa heard his pronouncement, made ...

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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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