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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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Audio Roundup: R. Reisman Special

by Joel Rich Hat tip to Counselor K for providing the CD’s even as he busied himself with all the hachanot and tikkunim required by one who is so Pesach pedantic that he is only meikil to eat the minimum required so as to reduce the chance of exposure to chameitz. I’m told he stores water from the mighty Peckman ...

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by Joel Rich “The halacha was firmly convinced that man is free and that he is master not only over his deeds but over his emotions as well”. Rabbi JB Soloveitchik. Do you agree that one can will one’s emotions? Do you think that Rabbi Soloveitchik was able to? ~ ~ ~ String Theory and the Scientific Method – Richard ...

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by Joel Rich The gemara uses the expression “Nikra Choteih” or “Nikra Rasha” from time to time. Has anyone seen anything written on the relative ranking of such categories? (e.g. since it doesn’t say “assur…” does it mean it’s not a complete prohibition but something less?) Question: If one doesn’t view eilu v’eilu as multiple truths but rather one truth ...

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