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by Joel Rich I recently came across an interesting piece taking a position on whether rabbis should play ball with their students or congregants. It gave me a good laugh as it reminded me of a conversation with one of my former managers who lectured me on the need for a more aggressive consulting personality (what he described was surprisingly ...

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by Joel Rich Does Hakarat Hatov engender a measurable “liability” (e.g. require a marginally greater action) between the recipient and the provider of the “Tov”, or is saying “Thank you, I appreciate it” the only requirement? ~ ~ ~ I’m collecting sources regarding retirement as a Jewish concept. Any contributions are appreciated. Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff -The Life and Legacy of ...

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by Joel Rich “Things that bother me” If you want to eat from a mehadrin hashgacha (which bothers me to start with, why do we want different levels of Kashrut?) in Israel in a shmita year, you have to eat “nochri” which may well be funding our enemies or permanently reducing the bnai brit share of the market (let alone ...

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by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner (In addition to the age old question – is everything in life assur unless there is a heter?) Q: Is there a problem to… A: The question is not phrased correctly. One should ask whether something is permissible or forbidden, since a person was created in order to serve Hashem. The Mitzvot are not ...

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by Joel Rich Any parallels in our world? Peter Brown explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul between 250 and 650 CE, showing how personal wealth in the pursuit of redemption led Church doctrine concerning the afterlife to evolve from speculation to firm reality. This new relationship to money set the stage for the Church’s ...

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by Joel Rich From a recent Yated: Is this a complimentary story? Every ordinary chiloni invariably asks the same two questions whenever he has an argument with a chareidi: Why don’t you – meaning, the chareidim – join the army, and where was G-d during the Holocaust? “I can understand why they ask that,” Rav Kamenetsky replies. “From their point ...

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by Joel Rich Ray Kurzweil in “The Singularity is Near” describes himself “as a patternist”, someone who views patterns of information as the fundamental reality. This description immediately brought to (my) mind R’YBS and the Brisker method (reality). I, thus, can’t help but wonder what Kurzweil’s projection of exponential technological and biological growth resulting in the merger of human technology ...

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by Joel Rich The Rama (O”C 17:2), commenting on the S”A’s statement of women doing positive time bound commandments, says women could put on Tzitzit with a bracha but it appears as Yuhara (halachic arrogance) and thus they shouldn’t (since it’s not really a personal requirement). Question – Why does the personal requirement (chovat gavra) make this any different than ...

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by Joel Rich I wrote these posts prior to R’ Aharon’s ptirah. They resonate with me even more now. From R’A Lichtenstein: I have been strongly influenced by the teachings of my revered teacher, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik z”l, who refrained, categorically, from providing answers as to why given events took place. I do not know the extent to which ...

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by Joel Rich I think we’ve discussed R’YBS’s famous statement on ontological chazakot on a number of occasions. I was glad to see that I have giant shoulders to stand on (hat tip-Isaac Newton): Tradition – Winter 2014 (Rabbi N. Helfgot) In a famous episode in 1975, the Rav strongly denounced a proposal raised by R. Emanuel Rackman, z”l to ...

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