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Parashah Roundup: Vayishlakh 5772

by Steve Brizel R Soloveitchik ZL, based on Yaakov Avinu’s encounter with Esau, explains why ecumenical interfaith theological dialogue poses a threat to the integrity of any faith community that is a party to such dialogue and examines the personalities of Yaakov and Esau, link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF). For those interested in the background to and effect of ...

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by Joel Rich Recent daf yomi selection discussed Dolphins(?) which Rashi defined as mermaids. I asked someone who knows about the timing of the differing girsaot there which might have impacted Rashi’s decision to go with mermaids vs. dolphins. His response was: “It’s hard to say; Munich 95 (1342) is the only ms. with Rashi’s (and Tosafot’s) girsa; one of ...

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by Joel Rich I was forwarded the following as part of an email regarding an upcoming YU event. Curious as to the chevra’s reaction? “As a past captain of the Maccabees men’s basketball team, you symbolize the best of your alma mater, showing great passion for the team while completing a rigorous dual curriculum. “ What I love about practical ...

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by Joel Rich from a shiur by rav elchanan zohn- chevra kadisha of queens- “educate that there is no family greeting hour before funeral for nichum aveilim – it’s some American thing maybe for FD’s to make more money.” The most considerate of my friends say I march to a different drummer (nice way of saying I’m an odd ball). ...

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by Joel Rich Halakha, Reality, and the Relationship between Them by Rav Baruch Gigi OK – I know it’s a bit long but if you have any interest in the halachic system (other than “just tell me what to do”) this is very worthwhile reading. I especially liked “A visiting twelfth-grader once complained to me that students come to a ...

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by Joel Rich IQuestion: In an ideal Jewish community in a democratic country in the galut, is there any value to keeping up with politics or should one rely on community leaders (Rabbis?) to tell them how to vote? From R’ Aviner Learning during Repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei Q: Is it permissible to learn Torah during the repetition of ...

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by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner: Doves and Jaundice Q: Do doves cure jaundice? A: No. Q: But they cured my cousin. A: One must prove that without the dove he would not have been cured. From Theodoric of York: [ alias Steve Martin ] Well, I’ll do everything humanly possible. Unfortunately, we barbers aren’t gods. You know, medicine is ...

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by Joel Rich Readers comments requested: Dear Dr. Randall: I finished part one of Knocking on Heaven’s Door, which I believe has the material on religion that you referenced. I wanted to put a few thoughts on paper, perhaps inarticulately, to give you some sense of my reaction. I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss it with you because I ...

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by Joel Rich For those of you who remember our train (apparently trolley in the U.K.), ethical dilemmas (see link) a study was recently reported in “The Economist”: Dr. Bartels and Dr. Pizarro then correlated the results from the trolleyology with those from the personality tests. They found a strong link between utilitarian answers to moral dilemmas (push the fat ...

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by Joel Rich Coincidence? I was being maavir sedrah and read Dvarim 32:10 “Kishon eino” on which Rashi comments: As the apple of his eye: This is the black part of the eye from which the light comes forth. I thought to myself (I’ve been thinking a lot about sight lately), I wonder if there was a theory of light ...

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