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by Joel Rich The well known 2019 Tanakh Study Days at Herzog College / Yeshivat Har Etzion shiurim are reviewed below but first a book review:   Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein – Return and Renewal: Reflections on Teshuva and Spiritual Growth     These essays are taken primarily from R’ Lichtenstein’s teshuva drashot and are food for thought year round (we pray ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:41

by Joel Rich “We have seen that halachic scholars throughout the centuries have exerted great effort to justify the common practice of women to wear jewelry on Shabbat. In today’s milieu, however, there is a greater consciousness of legal texts among the general populace, and many people wish to adopt an optimal standard of halachic practice. How should a woman ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:40

by Joel Rich Recent correspondence: Sholom u’vracha, I ran across an article that was fascinating to me in The Lehrhaus. It strikes me that both of you might enjoy it. I’ve noticed that, in particular, RJR, many of your comments on Avodah, as well as in your Audio Roundup (btw, I love Audio Roundup, and I also enjoy your lead-off ...

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Audio Roundup Special – Orthodox Union Torah New York 2019

by Joel Rich https://www.ou.org/torahny/ Torah in NY INDOORS AT CITI FIELD ONE PLACE. ONE TORAH. ONE PEOPLE     Two insights from the R’YBS machzor:   How accurately is kavod defined here when measured against the definition used by most seekers?     Kavod becomes a negative trait, however, when it gets confused with gedulah, which can be loosely translated ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:39

by Joel Rich I’ve received a suggestion that I pick three shiurim a week as my top picks. What do you think of the suggestion? If you like it, what basis would you suggest (e.g. comprehensiveness, entertaining, out of the box…)? A thought for Tu B’AV: R’SBG (taanit 30b) designates the two most yamim tovim (holidays) Yom Kippur and Tu ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:38

by Joel Rich “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” — Oscar Wilde Does this reflect orthodoxy? I recently heard a shiur where the presenter described the “bad scholarship” of the Torah Tmimah when offering the “misread abbreviation” explanation (e.g. v’hazmanim really means fill in the holiday name). I thought it a ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:37

by Joel Rich Is there an Israeli (law) equivalent to the Agudah/RCA halachic living will? From someone’s post: A tenet of our belief is that the Torah is unchanging; the oft-repeated adage, ‘we do not adapt the Torah to the times, we adapt the times to the Torah’ is our creed. My reply: Perhaps your next piece might be on ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:36

by Joel Rich What is daat? When we say a cheresh, shoteh or katan doesn’t have it, it seems like intellectual acuity. Some commentaries link daat to bechira (choice – as in eitz hadaat tov v’ra). Is it possible to have intellect without choice or choice without intellect? I’d be interested in approximate statistics from communal Rabbis in the daat ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:35

by Joel Rich According to the Pew Research Center, which has analyzed the ATU surveys, Americans age 60 and older sleep just over 8½ hours a day, on average. About seven hours are spent on leisure; three hours on chores and errands; a little more than one hour on eating; about one hour on personal activities, such as grooming and ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:34

by Joel Rich The Drashot Haran (Drasha #6) posits that while HKB”H set varying “gmul” (reward) for the 613 mitzvoth, he didn’t tell us which (me-positive ones) had greater reward in order that we not focus only on those mitzvoth but rather try to do all in hopes that we include the high value targets. It would be interesting to ...

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