Very interesting discussion of whether orthodox patients (for psychiatry, psychology, etc.) are best served by orthodox therapists. One case study of a Yeshiva boy who was thinking too much (in his opinion(?)) about sex (hmmm).
The therapist is supposed to be a "facilitating mirror" (objective). [me – and a posek is also supposed to be "objective". Question – can anyone truly be "objective"? Can an orthodox therapist ever truly avoid counter transference? Do we take medicines even though sometimes they have side effects? Are there non-orthodox therapists who view religion as an illness? Are there orthodox therapists who won’t "go there" if there involves actions that could lead to sin?]
Rabbinical role – know when to refer but it’s not a touch pass (i.e. stay involved).
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What were R’YBS’s true feelings on secular studies? Responses based on his shiurim, Maimonides school and suggestions to his students.
Transmitting emotional component of Judaism was viewed as key.
His "loneliness" was existential. Modern society doesn’t focus on community and sacrifice.
We shouldn’t "petrify" him but continue to think for ourselves and our times utilizing his insights and, more importantly, his approach.(my take)
Outstanding "quick summary" of the laws of cooking (not) on Shabbat including Shihiyah (leaving on) and chazarah (returning). Interesting R’YBS on one of my imponderables – The first folks who used Shabbat clocks were probably over on marit ayin, but they made it permissible for us to use them ?!?!
Very interesting comment on appropriateness of elevators and Akum operators on an ongoing basis (Manhattanites listen at your own risk).
Why is Mizmor shir chahukat habayit l’david where it is in morning prayer? Thematic explanation of placement and meaning with regard to David’s life-bottom line – our prayer is deficient without recognition of missing temple. [me – recurring theme in many shiurim – have we been too content?]
Not sure if the for women applies to internet listeners?
Detailed discussion of laws of Nidah. Summary – unless you are 1,000% sure, ask – you may well be pleasantly surprised.
Interesting comment on the "don’t look then no need to tell" rule – it’s not to beat the system, it’s within the system (mmmm).
"Someone wrote" about his shiur on Amen parties (hmmm – now who could that be?). Very rational approach to our relationship with HkB"H (he must be right – I agree with him
J) and "sinning" of avot (a la R’Hirsch). We can be tzaddikim if we do Tshuva and get up after each fall. (a’la R’Hutner)
Source of permission to violate Shabbat to save a life – "vchai bahem" vs. violate one Shabbat to observe others - and some implications.
It’s called R’Twersky but it’s really R’Rakefet’s Take (again) on feminism and YCT.
Introduction to Shabbat clocks, photoelectric switches and cause and effect. Basics of psik reisha, Lo Nicha Lei and grama. When is it a result independent of your act?
Read my book! We need to differentiate between memorization and intellectual knowledge.
The bracha of oseh maaseh breishit is said on lightening (currently created majestic experience), on grand canyon types (past created experience). We must recognize "natural" miracles.
Mentions R’Gil catching him on conflating the doctrine of natural creation and the doctrine of constant conservation (me – is that like the Monroe doctrine?)
The oseh maaseh of birchat hachama is special in that when you look at the sun, it hasn’t changed any – it’s a reflective blessing which requires you to internalize what you see and that causes feeling of need to praise the lord for continually conserving the universe.
Chazal knew calculation wasn’t exact – it was designed for ease of calculation and to cause personal reflection.
Nice explication of Asher Heni and Shoshanat Yaakov. Did you know that Krovutz stood for Kol Rina Vyishua boholei tzadikkim? R’Ariel – Interesting thought about "rules of 5" – but what is the significance.