Audio Roundup 2021:39

by Joel Rich Note to a podcaster: Enjoyed your why trust science podcast. One thing you discussed was how more intense analysis indicated that certain counterintuitive results turned out to be based on faulty work. I would just point out that when results match our intuition one rarely sees anybody say we really should make sure the study was done ...

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When to Attend a Levaya

by R. Daniel Mann Question: It is difficult for me (a part-time working woman with school-age children) to know when to attend a levaya (lit., accompanying the deceased) of people I know but am not close with. Can you give me guidelines? Answer: It is more feasible to provide background and perspective than exact guidelines.  The basic sources seem clear. ...

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Petihah Kollelet, Third Part, Letters 15-23

by R. Gidon Rothstein Finishing with the Senses, On to the Punishments We’ve been spending some time on thought and how it impacts halachah. In this week’s segment, Peri Megadim will finish that quickly, go back to other senses (he briefly again discusses sight and hearing), then move to the punishments the Torah prescribes for sins. It is an example of an element ...

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Rabbi Sacks’ Theology of the Stranger: A Halakhic Defense

by R. Gil Student Rabbi Jonathan Sacks zt”l opened up Jewish thought to a broader audience with his prolific writing and speaking about ideas in ways that were both eloquent and accessible. To a surprising degree, he was able to transcend denominational, ethnic and religious communities without sacrificing his traditional Orthodox Jewish beliefs. However, some people contend that in his ...

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Pidyon Shevuyim for Someone Guilty

by R. Gil Student Pidyonim Shevuyim means redeeming a captive, paying someone’s ransom. It is among the highest priorities of mitzvos. Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah 252:1) is more important than feeding and clothing the poor. If we fail to redeem captives, we risk rampant death and assimilation of upstanding members of our community. Some people think pidyon shevuyim is a ...

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Hineini: Abraham’s Test and Our Future

by R. Eliyahu Safran And Abraham raised his eyes and saw – behold a ram! – afterwards, caught in the thicket by its horns, so Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as an offering instead of his son (Bereishit 22:13) Who dares imagine Abraham’s heart at that awful moment when he was tested and called to place ...

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Vayera 5782

by R. Gil Student link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Rav Shlomo Heiman on why Avraham wanted guests, 2) Rav David Pardo on the significance of Avraham’s tree, 3) Malbim on why Hashem did not save the tzadikim of Sedom, 4) Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro on the importance of your time, 5) Rav Yechezkel Abramsky on the ...

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Is a Difficult to Remove Residue a Chatzitza?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I learned that due to the way we use our oven rack, it requires tevila (beyond our scope), but by now, it has baked-on residue. With hard work and chemical cleaners, I removed most of the residue, but it is not fully clean. May I do tevilat keilim now? Answer: The laws of chatzitza (impediments ...

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