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by Joel Rich I recently heard from a well-respected talmid chacham that in Lita when the Maariv minyan was before tzeit but after shkia and there was no later Maariv minyan available except for one in the later hours of the night, it was the practice of well-respected talmidei chachamim to say only shmoneh esrai with the earlier Maariv minyan ...

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by Joel Rich One of the great put downs of all time by Ernest Rutherford describing an official (not about a Rabbi): “…..like a Euclidean point, he has position without magnitude” ——— The gist of a conversation concerning the halachic process: Him – The Torah gives us a finite number of specific halachot as data points and expects us to ...

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Audio Roundup by Joel Rich Question: What is the relationship, if any, between an individual who has already davened and the Chazzan’s repetition (chazzarat hashatz) of a minyan in a room in which he is sitting? Halachic and hashkafic input appreciated. From The Rebbitzen’s Husband: I expect to participate in a panel discussion next week on “Controversial Talmud” – dealing ...

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by Joel Rich From Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein on Cross Currents – Subjective Morality and Its Discontents: Rav Kook deals with the direction and path that each person’s sense of yir’as Shomayim leads him or her beyond the dictates of halacha. There is a huge world of reshus in which a person can and must make all kinds of decisions. When ...

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by Joel Rich Pretty wild test: There is a Kotzker maaseh that a major talmid chachom was visiting the Rebbe. When he came to shul Shabbos morning the Rebbe gave him a kiddush cup and told him to make kiddush before davening. He initially protested but was ordered in front of the entire shul to make kiddush by the Rebbe ...

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by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner Rabbi Meir Yechiel of Ostrovtza, one of the great Chasidic Rebbes in Poland, asked this question: what did they want from Moshe Rabbenu? Yosef saying that he was from Eretz Yisrael made perfect sense: he was raised there. But Moshe was born and raised in Egypt! Was he expected to lie and say he ...

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The acid test of the Jew is whether he can withstand the impact of an advanced material and technological culture that at the same time is morally and ethically very primitive” (R’YBS-Boston-1968). ——— R’YBS on the fact that we learn a minyan is ten men from the “evil” 10 spies. The message behind this scriptural derivation is that ten people ...

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Best answer I got to the question, If Orthodoxy rearranged itself so you had to choose between either a YCT or Bnei Braq Orthodoxy, where would you go? Down into the bunker! Does your adult education programming include discussions amongst speakers who may disagree on a topic or is it always a single viewpoint presented? Melvyn Bragg, Jonathan Rée, John ...

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Rav Soloveitchik (in Community, Covenant & Commitment, pp. 133-136) gives three reasons for his psak that one should stay home and not hear the shofar rather than going to a shofar blowing in a mixed sex crowd: The sanctity of the Synagogue prohibits mingling (thus any prayers therein are worthless) Separation was a hallmark of Jewish practice that differentiated us ...

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