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Audio Roundup 2018:1

by Joel Rich Will neural networks and deep learning be used to develop an A.I. halachic intuition? If you think not why not? What about if neural networks that learn to explain themselves? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I recently heard a Rav say that one who is considering retirement should not ask their local Rav about retiring if they ...

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Failure to Sin

by R. Gil Student I. The Problem of a Failed Sin We all fail at some point in our lives. Hopefully we can learn from those experiences and turn them into long-term successes. But what happens when the failure is a good thing? If someone attempts to sin but finds his efforts thwarted, is he lucky or does he still ...

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Doing Business with Prohibited Items

by R. Gidon Rothstein 11 Tevet: R. Kook on Doing Business with Prohibited Items [Thanks to the good people at the OU, especially R. Jack Abramowitz and David Hochhauser, I have recently completed audio summaries of all the responsa in this series, even as I continue to work on written versions. Click for a half-hour shiur discussing this responsum]. Halachah defines some items as assur be-hana’ah, ...

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Avdei HaShem – Servants of God

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik suggested that there are several concepts which help identify one’s relationship with G-d. One level is simple hit’chai’vut, making a pledge or commitment. Example, if I declare before two reliable witnesses that I owe you $1000. Dollars, whether it’s true or not, I have created a debt ...

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Delayed Burial Redux

by R. Gil Student Moses Mendelssohn and Rav Ya’akov Emden debated privately a late eighteenth century law about burial. The conversation continued for more than a century. The full story of this extended debate has yet to be explored. I. Original Debate In 1772, Duke Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin enacted a law requiring a three-day delay to burial in order to ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:51

by Joel Rich Thought experiment: As a community, assume we know that we could tell a particular non truth to our children and X% would stay frum but if we told them the truth (X – Y)% would stay frum. At what values of X and Y (if any) would being not truthful be required and/or preferred? ~ ~ ~ ...

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