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by Joel Rich I guess I was wrong about HKB”H not wanting us to seek data torah on shirt colors (seriously though how many frum Jews have this type of conversation outside (or inside?) tfila? Should they?: “In 2006, the Pew Foundation reported that 26% of Americans said they had had a direct revelation from God. A few years earlier, ...

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by Joel Rich • R’HS Q&A Bad news – The recorder (not me) did not change batteries and thus no recording of the shiur exists – here is my summary: Freewheeling Q&A direct from the heart of the Vilna of Essex county. Aficionados of R’HS would have appreciated his bob and weave (B&W) technique – it’s interesting to try to ...

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by Joel Rich question I never got clarity on -why is one allowed to move into a Manhattan high rise and put oneself into the position of having to rely lchatchila on a combination of kulot What is the (is there a) role of (for) a public intellectual in orthodoxy? If that individual is not viewed as primarily grounded in ...

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by Joel Rich The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the eligibility of a child for survivor’s benefits in the following sequence/situation: Mom and Dad married, Dad provides some sperm to the sperm bank, Dad dies, Mom is impregnated with this banked sperm through IVF, Mom gives birth, Mom applies for survivor’s benefits for child as a survivor of Dad. Question: ...

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by Joel Rich The Rambam (Sanhedrin 18:6) explains why in capital (and the like) cases we don’t accept a confession as evidence due concern of suicidal individuals looking for “suicide by bet din”. However, the Rambam concludes the section by saying the general rule is it’s a gzeirat hamelech (fiat of the King without reason). The Radbaz (ibid) explains that ...

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by Joel Rich Thought experiment:: The JFK(an imaginary kashrut organization) gives a hechsher on packaged frozen shlumkies as well as an industrial mix for the same made on the same machines. Industrial mix is used in stores to use in a shlumkies machine used only for making individual shlumkies . Assumedly no objections (maybe not) even though these individual shlumkies ...

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by Joel Rich Question: Are there family minhagim with regard to whether to say tachanun on 7 Adar or is this a community based minhag? If the “your” minhag is not to say it, and you happen to be in a shul which says it, what do you do? JPOST-mid February: Shas leader Eli Yishai has also pointed to the ...

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by Joel Rich From Majesty and Humility (R’ Ziegler) Emet L’Amito IMHO – Point 1 describes why The Rav so resonates with me, point 2 why everyone can quote something that supports them, but that doesn’t make it so: 1.Dialectic, complexity, plurality of demands – these are the fundamental difficulties in studying and teaching the Rav; but they also represent ...

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by Joel Rich From a recent Gush VBM: Studies conducted among radically conservative religious communities that exist alongside a modern and liberal society (such as the Amish sect in the US) have indicated common characteristics in their perceptions of isolation and have developed parameters for measuring the extent and depth of the isolation that is maintained. (me-anyone know where to ...

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by Joel Rich Question: Is on permitted to learn while taking a haircut and not wearing a kippah? Can one be thinking torah thoughts then? From R’ Kook In general, this is an important principle in the war of views: that for every view that comes to contradict some matter in the Torah, we must not start out by negating ...

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