Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2018:48

My response to a Cross Currents post on the new popular chareidi music and literature: As far as the general low culture issue, can we at least agree that even the “frum” low culture does in fact represent some acculturation from the general society around us? Some would argue that conscious awareness of this acculturation allows us to better manage ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:47

by Joel Rich It is certainly preferable to either eat bread or stop eating before shekia (or close to it – beyond our present scope). If you partake in a full meal but refrain from bread for a certain reason, leniency has strong grounds. If you are picking at food according to your mood, and even more so if you ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:46

by Joel Rich Re: contact sports. I know there is a debate as to whether the ability to waive liability refers to both monetary and spiritual liabilities. I was wondering, according to those who said you can waive the spiritual liability, whether that would also work retroactively (e.g. would somebody escape lashes for less than a penny’s worth of damage ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:45

by Joel Rich From a post-The philosopher Thomas Nagel wrote a celebrated essay about consciousness called “What is it Like to be a Bat?” In some small yet significant way, my Selichot experience gave me some insight into the rarely considered question “what is it like to be an Orthodox Jewish woman (in a minyan)?” On the Beren Campus, I ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:44

by Joel Rich Question: I’ve been thinking about the number of times the shulchan aruch(or M”B) says that it’s worth giving deference to a minority opinion.I’m wondering if this is the result of the algorithmic approach rather than going through the entire sugya to come to a conclusion? Do we see this same propensity in prior authorities who were not ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:43

by Joel Rich As I write this prior to Yom Kippur I want to again tip my hat to R’Arnie Lustiger. While there was (hopefully by now) an event celebrating the completion of the Mesorat Harav Chumash, and that certainly is worth celebrating, I once again thank him for allowing me to spend my yamim noraim where “I have the ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:42

by Joel Rich Two “M.O.” community members on different occasions recently articulated that M.O. means picking and choosing what one observes (e.g., the classic “I don’t hold of not putting on makeup on Shabbat”). Perhaps one of the first projects the new OU data guy can work on is figuring out what percentage of M.O. holds this view? In his ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:41

by Joel Rich Kim lei bdraba minei: Given the difference in the requirements for accepting testimony in capital and civil cases, could one be found not guilty for the death penalty for an act with capital implications but have to pay damages for the monetary damages from that act, or do we say lo palginon (we don’t split)? “Reb Aharon ...

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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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