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Audio Roundup CXXXVII

by Joel Rich LZ”N  Udi Fogel, 36, Ruth Fogel, 35, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and three-month-old Hadas. I  want to say something really meaningful but it all sounds so trite. May the Makom comfort all of the Jewish people, together, as mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim and grant us the final redemption we so desperately need (even ...

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Audio Roundup CXXXVI

by Joel Rich There are 2 traditions as to where to put the comma in R’Tsei by V’ishei– R’tsei, A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu, b’a-m’cha Yis-ra-eil v’li-t’fi-la-tam sh’ei. V’ha-sheiv ha-a-vo-dah lid-vir bei-te-cha(comma here) V’i-shei Yis-ra-eil (or comma here)ut’fi-la-tam b’a-ha-va t’ka-beil b’ra-tson. U-t’hi l’ra-tson ta-mid a-vo-dat Yis-ra-eil a-me-cha. The first implies prayer is that Ishei = sacrifices (be returned), the second is that the ...

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Audio Roundup CXXXV

by Joel Rich I was recently talking to a rav who told me he remembers learning (but couldn’t identify the source) that “there is an inyan” to say a keil maalei on the shabbat before a yahrtzeit as well as on the (closest) Torah reading day before (M or TH).Does anyone know of a source? (granted the whole thing seems ...

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Audio Roundup CXXXIV

by Joel Rich Aliens (R’ Aviner) Q: Is it permissible to believe that aliens exist? A: It is permissible, since it is not sanctioned or opposed by the Torah. There has yet to be any scientific proof, however, that they exist. (Me- Obviously R’ Aviner has never visited midtown!) Hmmmmm-Sounds familiar to me (Kach mkublani mbeit avi abba and from ...

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Audio Roundup CXXXIII

by Joel Rich Segula-From R’ Aviner Q: Our debt continues to grow. Is there a Segula to reverse this trend? A: Certainly. You should spend less than you bring in and not rely on the miracle of overcoming the rules of mathematics.(Me-ouch) In Minchat Shlomo Tanina (2-3) siman 86 R’SZA in discussing medical triage says (my translation) – see mishneh ...

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Audio Roundup CXXXII

by Joel Rich Very worthwhile reading – please forward to any askanim/ gedolim/ community leaders you know. Stability’s End Technologies with goofy names like Twitter and Facebook are replacing political stability with a state of permanent instability. By DANIEL HENNINGER ‘Stability” has been the goal of civilized foreign policy since the dawn of the Cold War and arguably since the ...

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Audio Roundup CXXXI

by Joel Rich Questions: How, if at all, has the increased level of Torah education and ease of access to Torah texts (technology driven) for baalei battim impacted the actual (vs. theoretical) halachic process? What are the competencies (see here for a Human Resources type model – link – PDF) that a leading poseik should have and how would you ...

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Audio Roundup CXXX

by Joel Rich The Rama in 3 places (O”C 621:6(yom kippur),Y”D 249:16(tzedaka) and O”C 284:7(shabbat)) mentions the custom of hazkarat nefashot. The S”A is silent on the matter but the Bet Yosef -O”C 621:6(yom kippur)-gives all the sources for it(mordechai, rokeach) even though the Tur has no mention. Any thoughts on the significance of the mechaber’s not bringing this down ...

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Audio Roundup CXXIX

by Joel Rich Question: According to those who do not accept brain death as a definition of death, and thus would consider harvesting organs as murder, but accept those poskim who say nonetheless it is permitted to receive organs harvested using such methodology; would such an individual who refuses to accept such organs due to halachic/ethical considerations be considered as ...

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Audio Roundup CXXVIII

by Joel Rich R. Y. Eisenman (Rav-Congregation Ahavas Israel – Passaic, NJ)   The other day I purchased a sefer which I was looking to acquire for a number of years. The sefer is titled “Toras HaNazir” by Rav Yitzchok Hutner Zt”l–Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, NY. As I opened the Sefer- which was originally printed in ...

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