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Audio Roundup CLVII

by Joel Rich Fact or Fiction? Retina reattachment surgery includes being put under deep sedation while a local block to the eye is administered. Deep sedation is then relaxed and the patient is then aware of the surgery/voices around him. Upon completion of the surgery (whose final outcome will likely only be known a number of weeks later) the surgeon ...

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Audio Roundup CLVI

by Joel Rich From a recent study quoted in “The Economist” The human impulse to be kind to unknown individuals is not the biological aberration it might seem…. No need, then, for special mechanisms to explain generosity. An open hand to the stranger makes evolutionary as well as moral sense. Except, of course, that those two senses are probably, biologically ...

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Audio Roundup CLVI

by Joel Rich One of the members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of the United States told me recently that the gedolim cannot even discuss questions surrounding poverty because if they did the “street” would just label them fake gedolim. (See J. Rosenblum Cross-Currents 12/13/2009) When I was back there in seminary school (somewhere between the ages of 14 and ...

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Audio Roundup CLV

by Joel Rich So I think my recent unscheduled trip to the dentist was so that I should see an old Time magazine cover story (me – when you read the rest, you’ll realize this is a witty opening J).  See here for the entire piece: link.  While the whole article is worth reading, two points in particular made me ...

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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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