Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Being Normal

R. Hershel Schachter has a great shmuess on this week's parashah from 2000 about being normal: link (audio)

It's an action-packed 20 minute lecture, full of important lessons about not being too frum, knowing where to be strict and where not, and raising children to be normal and respect other Torah paths. On an halakhic note, he rules that if a court has to choose between awarding child custody to an observant woman who will likely damage the children psychologically and a non-observant father, the court should choose the father: "The Torah doesn't want meshuga'im. God wants us to be normal."

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