Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2023:8

by Joel Rich In my Sunday Rambam chabura, we’re up to hilchot Sanhedrin. I’ve been suggesting trying to deconstruct the halachot to understand the underlying theories (of HKBH and chazal-eg predilection to not convict the innocent and why). When the Rambam (Hilchot Sanhedrin 1:10) lists the role of the 120 people required in a town to have a Sanhedrin, I ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Aguda Iyunim B’Hilchos Brachos 2023

by Joel Rich   Iyunim B’Hilchos Brachos 2023 פרק כיצד מברכין HaRav Asher Weiss 1/1/2023-Psakim In Hilchos Brachos Kol shyeish bo (5 grains) analysis – R Weiss holds that if it’s added to something for minimal taste, it’s shehakol (eg gefilte fish). Shehakol is best approach when there is a true halachic doubt. HaRav Eli Gersten ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:7

by Joel Rich My note on an argument why to buy life insurance: Just keep in mind that if you think it’s a good omen to buy insurance because the insurance company will benefit from your long life (owners are wealthy and wealthy have good financial mazal, it would imply that one should not purchase an annuity since insurance company ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Dr. Marc Shapiro

by Joel Rich Dr. Marc Shapiro-A Middle Ground Between Orthodoxy and Reform: Rabbi Zechariah Frankel and the Positive-Historical School  (Part 1) There were other responses to traditional orthodoxy besides reform. R Zecharia Frenkel created positive historical Judaism (seen by many as the forerunner of conservative Judaism) which sought halachic change while recognizing that history plays a role. He ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:6

by Joel Rich From a book re: Dr. Jacob Katz: He had learned from his training in history and in the sociology of knowledge that the critical variable involved in an analysis of a legal holding was not determining whether that decision had a precedent. Katz knew that the author of such a ruling frequently had a welter of rules ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:5

by Joel Rich From chat gpt3 (I hope it got this one right): It is difficult for me to say exactly what Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik would say to a student who regretted not learning more when they were younger. However, I can tell you a little bit about Rabbi Soloveitchik’s views on education and learning. Rabbi Soloveitchik was a ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Aguda Brachot 2022

by Joel Rich   Aguda Brachot 2022 and Chanuka and Miscellaneous  Chabura topics HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 11/8/2022-BRACHA ON SHEMEN ZAYIS AND HARMFUL FOODS Is “damaging” defined  for purposes of not making a bracha as the actual physical impact or just that it “doesn’t go down well”. HaRav Asher Weiss 11/6/2022-HALACHAH OF SUICIDE AND PIKUACH NEFESH ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:4

by Joel Rich From R’ A Lichtenstein on the shift in the view of baalei mesora on marital relations: “The allure of facile historicistic solutions in our case, of ascription to Sufi or Scholastic influences, regarding worldliness, in general, or sexuality, in particular – is palpably self-evident. In dealing with giants, however, we strive to avoid succumbing to its alluring ...

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Audio Roundup: NLI Special

by Joel Rich   NLI  Mid-Winter Yarchei Kallah Mrs. Olivia Friedman-Julia Haart’s Redeeming Quality: #unorthodox or Tanach Tradition Tanach (and later) villains have a good side as well. We should keep that in mind when dealing with people in general (people are complex).,-and-we-say-managing-conflicting-messages-about-our-values/ Mrs. Emma Katz-They Say, and We Say: Managing Conflicting Messages About our ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:3

by Joel Rich Response to a post: I am afraid you reflect the reality in that most modern orthodox people think that chareidim are more frum. That’s a tragedy As far as milchemet rshut I found a couple of commentators who say it is not an advise and consent function of the court but rather either to clarify the laws ...

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