Audio Roundup

Audio Roundup CLIV

by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner Long Hair (cue Kenny Loggins – Your mama don’t dance) Q: Is it permissible for a boy or man to have long hair? A: No. There are three severe Torah prohibitions that are transgressed by having long hair: 1. Creating an impediment between one’s head and Tefillin, and therefore causing a blessing to be ...

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Audio Roundup: Special Reisman Edition

by Joel Rich You can download these shiurim for a fee from Ishiur. Thanks once again to Counselor K for his continued contribution to Torah True Judaism! · J-3 – Serious Philosophical Questions I must start with this one because while I wouldn’t compare myself to R’Reisman, his first two questions have been high on my list for a while ...

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Audio Roundup CLIV

by Joel Rich Without comment. “Serling fought furiously against censorship and ads, asking how you could write meaningful drama when it was interrupted every 15 minutes by “12 dancing rabbits with toilet paper?” In one “Twilight Zone,” an inept screenwriter conjures up Shakespeare to help him. The Bard produces a dazzling screenplay but then storms out when the sponsor demands ...

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Audio Roundup CLIII

by Joel Rich I recently saw the following question raised to R’ Aviner: Question: I am always hearing that mixed society is forbidden according to the Torah. I hear this from all of the rabbis – Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Charedim, National Religious – except for a small minority of rabbis who do not belong to the first line of great halachic ...

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Audio Roundup CLII

by Joel Rich Here’s my story, sad but true (cue Dion/Runaround Sue)! Waiting for the late Maariv last night; I walk to the pushke (Question: Am I the only one whose minhag is to give Tzedakah before Tfila (see Bava Batra 10a, S”A O”C 92:10)) and hear one YU guy talking to another. (Me – paraphrasing) – “You have to ...

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Audio Roundup CLI

by Joel Rich Any idea on how yizkor got tied to shalosh regalim given that Vsamachta is directly in opposition to the emotions of yizkor? (I have one source with an answer but it’s not overly satisfying-and the original minhag ashkenaz was clearly not to say it on shalosh regalim). What about why not give tzedaka first rather than after ...

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Audio Roundup CL

by Joel Rich Spending time in aretz always puts me in a contemplative mood.  The majority of my thoughts are not shareable due to my double mesorah (Kach mkublani/Brisker) that the more intense the emotion the more private it should be. In the present case hashgacha pratit had me trying to occupy my 6 month old grandson (my wife, the ...

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Audio Roundup CXLIX

by Joel Rich Paging Rabbi Slifkin and Rabbi Meiselman (my take coheres with R’ J Mitchell “We are stardust – Billion-year-old carbon – We are golden- Caught up in the devil’s bargain And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden) Link to WSJ article In the End Is the Beginning A daring theory of how the universe, instead ...

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Audio Roundup CXLVIII

by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner: Flag of the State of Israel Q: Does the flag of the State of Israel possess holiness? Does one have to kiss the flag if it falls on the floor? Must it be put in the Geniza if it is worn out? A: No. It does not contain holiness. But one must obviously treat ...

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Audio Roundup CXLVII

by Joel Rich This feeling of accomplishment contributes to what the ancient Greeks called eudaimonia, which roughly translates to “well-being” or “flourishing,” a concept that Dr. Seligman has borrowed for the title of his new book, “Flourish.” He has also created his own acronym, Perma, for what he defines as the five crucial elements of well-being, each pursued for its ...

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