Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup 2019:51

by Joel Rich I heard a shiur that in some ways was one of the saddest I’ve heard and it applies to all streams of orthodoxy. Those who are able to retire who become a burden on their spouses are a reflection of our failure to properly prepare them by having them live a life connected to real limud Torah. ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:50

My response to a Thanksgiving post a bit back: 1. the opposition IMHO in the orthodox community is meta-hashkafic not micro-halachic (in perhaps a positive way)-how much ger and how much toshav?(mother’s day? Veterans day?) 2.The treatment we’ve gotten (BTW it wasn’t always so great but as Churchill (or Abba Eban )said : The Americans will always do the right ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:49

by Joel Rich On eating fish and meat together I’m hoping somebody can help me out with this. We’re looking into the question of eating fish and meat together. The Tur in o”c states that his father, the Rosh, would wash between eating meat and fish. טור אורח חיים הלכות בציעת הפת, סעודה, וברכת המזון סימן קעג וא”א הרא”ש ז”ל ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:48

by Joel Rich The story of Reish Lakish’s (r”l) leaving the banditry business and becoming a leading amora is fairly well known (see bava metzia 84a). Less well known is that with the seeming exception of rashi, everyone (see tosfot) seems to believe [based on the language here of hadrat = return and some chronology elsewhere] that he was a ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:47

by Joel Rich Excerpt from – Losing Reality – R.J. Lifton. Worth some consideration by our community? I have insisted upon retaining the word “cult” for groups that meet three criteria: first, a shift in worship from broad spiritual ideas to the person of a charismatic guru; second, the active pursuit of a thought reform-like process that frequently stresses some ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:46

by Joel Rich Three important lessons (Kach mkublani mbeit avi abba v’imi morati and the R’YBS machzor) were reinforced in my Yom Kippur experience (1) HKBH owes us nothing, anything we get is chesed (2) Our efforts are up to us [and that’s what we’re judged on] the results are up to HKBH (3) In the end (sim shalom) we ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:45

by Joel Rich Anyone aware of any women who do not do mlacha after shkia during the period between Pesach and Shavuot? Men? (see S”A O”C 493:4) The chavot yair (252) was asked by a talmid chacham (TC) about the following circumstances: The TC’s cousin vowed to provide the TC with weekly wine for Kiddush. The TC would rather use ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:44

by Joel Rich An old question of mine but I’ll try again. Why is the minhag haolam (common practice) to ask for mechilla (forgiveness) during asseret ymai tshuva (10 days of repentance) rather than before Rosh Hashana (when the initial judgment is written down)? Dream, Dream, Dream (HT – The Everly Brothers). Chazal seem to have mixed feelings about dreams ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:43

by Joel Rich A caterer recently told me that a segula for parnassa is to wrap leftover bread separately for disposal. Anyone know the source (I couldn’t find it) although I’m guessing it’s based on Chulin 105b (getting rid of even crumbs directly can cause poverty – at least in certain cases). So should all bread (food?) be treated like ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:42

by Joel Rich I’m thinking that practical psak (or really a poseik) may develop less like Brisker Booleanism and more like machine learning/deep learning/neural networks with back propagation and I’m not sure how much of the weight adjustments are conscious vs. not.(OK-just shake your head and move on) Just a thought – the gemara tells us that any bracha given ...

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