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by Joel Rich Is there a philosophical or practical halachic difference between the concepts of yuhara (halachic presumptuousness?) and mechzei k’yuhara (looks like halachic presumptuousness)? Consider the following case – an individual has rabbinic ordination but has moved to a community where no one is aware of it and he does not tell anyone. On Simchat Torah the gabbai asks ...

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by Joel Rich A recent article subdivided orthodoxy by kippah type, My black srugah types me as RW MO. Does my writing come across as that? Question: The source concerning getting maftir the Shabbat prior to a yahrtzeit aiui.is kabbalistic. Given that the maftir aliya is considered not as highly as a regular aliyah, if you had the choice between ...

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by Joel Rich sometime ago I wondered whether Sanhedrin majority rule was a binyan av or exception based on the beit hillel/shamai gemara as to bet hillel getting nod based on headcount even though bet shannai were sharper as well as r’ chaim’s famous position (al pi hashmua) that if he were convinced he was right, it didn’t matter if ...

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by Joel Rich The Gemara Moed Katan 5a discusses the source for marking a grave. Amoraim give about 7 different psukim. The Rosh and Rif quote 3 of the amoraim in bringing this halacha down. Would you understand that each pasuk has a different force and all the reasons apply (for purposes of halachic analysis of new cases) or that ...

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by Joel Rich There are some in the addiction therapy field who say change does not come until the individual has hit rock bottom. Some disagree: MYTH #8: Nobody will voluntarily seek treatment until they hit ‘rock bottom.’ FACT: There are many things that can motivate a person to enter and complete substance abuse treatment before they hit “rock bottom.” ...

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by Joel Rich My thoughts on some of the finger pointing in (Israeli) politics: I’m reminded of Rashi on Numbers 11:28 when Eldad and Medad continue prophesying within the camp,Yehoshua said to Moshe, “Adoni Moshe kela’em – My Lord Moses, destroy them.” Rashi on the spot comments “imprison them: Heb. כְּלָאֵם. Impose upon them communal responsibilities and they will be ...

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by Joel Rich Here is a simplified scenario of evolution according to the standard theory of natural selection. A successful thief furthers his own interests and those of his offspring, but his actions weaken the remainder of the group. Any genes proscribing his psychopathic behavior will increase within the group from one generation to the next – but, like a ...

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by Joel Rich If you always reach a conclusion on an issue based on a vote of 3 authorities (assuming the only choices are permitted or forbidden), if you then codify the results without the reasoning and then try to produce a function to project results in other cases, won’t this data set of results yield a function which is ...

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by Joel Rich Rav Chisda was a third generation amora. In the 3 cases where the gemara questions learning a seeming torah requirement from a source in Nach (and each case is a quote from Yechezkeil), it quotes Rav Chisda ending with “gemara gmirei,vata Yechezkeilv’asmecha akra” (But, according to your argument, what of R. Hisda’s statement: This matter we have ...

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