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Audio Roundup 2020:13

by Joel Rich An oleh this (Thursday) morning insisted on reading his own aliyah. I was surprised the gabbai/Rabbi did not waive him off (given the reason individual olim stopped reading was so as not to embarrass others). Is this at all common? When Rishonim read ukimtas into the gemara(e.g. the gemara really was dealing with a specific case even ...

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Action/Reaction: A Framework to Think About Our Religious Response to Crisis

by R. Gidon Rothstein I promised you a Rambam, and I intend to fulfill my promise. Before I do, consider the conundrum in which Gd might find Himself should He want fundamental change, framework change, in a time when our sins have distanced us from prophecy. How should Gd send the message? Blessings aren’t likely to work, because when life ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:12

by Joel Rich I The Mishna Brura in O”C 552 states that a “b’al nefesh” should observe the restrictions of Tisha B’av on the other minor fasts. Anyone know if any significant sub-community does this? How does observance of the compare with other b’al nefesh call outs? A rav visiting a high school spoke to the students concerning acceptable approaches ...

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Unknown Unknowns and the Coronavirus

by R. Gidon Rothstein Unknown Unknowns: A Jewish Version of Confronting Coronavirus Creatively Rambam opens the Laws of Fasts with a passage many people today find uncomfortable for its forthright certainty hard times hit communities (individuals is a more complex story, depending on our understanding of divine providence) because of sins they commit. Let’s leave his idea for next time, when I ...

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