Thursday, October 01, 2009

Audio Roundup LXI

by Joel Rich

Question: Can anyone provide cases of actual practical application of the priority categories in Horiyot (woman/man), etc.? (e.g. – Tzedaka organizations, community fund allocation)

  • Jewish Medical Ethics August 20 - 23, 2009: link (look under free)
    Rabbi Kenneth Brander
    Rabbi Michael Broyde
    Dr. Beni Gesundheit
    Rabbi Dr. Aaron E. Glatt
    Dr. Cliff Librach
    Rabbi Dr. Avraham Steinberg

    Click here for moreR' Steinberg
    Big changes in technology and patient autonomy! Comparison of “secular” medical ethics based on 4 principles (which often conflict) and sh”ut case based approach which build up to principles (IMHO a bit of an oversimplification).
    Tifferet Yisrael in Mesechet Yadaim – it’s mutual unless there’s a reason to assess. Dracheha Darchei Noam as an important principle – thus question is, is whatever is being examined a net plus in the eyes of the Posek. Need dual expertise (halacha & science) [me – would be interesting to test actual levels, e.g. Shabbat elevators to pick a random example]. Ex’s of specifics in Israel’s laws based on halacha.

    R' Broyde
    Interesting take on healthcare systems and halacha based on Chazal’s position on building your own defensive wall vs. town building wall. Also on the maayan priority gemara (one of my favorites – see Nedarim 80b). AIUI = Bottom line – if private system, I have no reason not to use resources I can pay for even if others could better benefit but if government system – they get to allocate scarce resource to unlimited demand (me – does halacha prefer a particular system, does this tie into individual vs. communal feeding the poor, etc.). I have no requirement to get vaccinated to increase your chance of survival.

    R' Gesundheit (not kidding)
    Medicine, halacha, hashkafa all seamlessly intertwined.

    R' Brander
    YU – supports open genetic testing (vs. Dor Yesharim system) sex selection – Gemara does mention methods! R’YBS we are HKB”H’s partners (don’t worry about what caused problem – we see challenges and deal with them). Specifics on PGD et al. Most interesting are meta issues – 1) where is the line of getting too involved in HKB”H’s business (me – the line will move over time); 2) the requirement is asakta bpiryah vrivyah, not the result!)

  • Rabbi Jeremy Wieder - Ethics & Our Community: A Time for Introspection: link

    Have people say blessed is the God of xxxx after dealing with you (me – the rest is commentary).
    Discussion of prohibition of gneivat data (false positive impression). Rambam puts in hilchot deiot not stealing implying it’s a character issue.
    Note many intrapersonal issues aren’t covered in shulchan aruch (lashon hara, nekama (revenge)…) [me – perhaps concern if put in detail people would look for loopholes]
    The issue of them vs. us is an issue for the whole orthodox community.

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter - Consecrating Sacred Spaces: Building a Mikdash Me’at: link

    Beit Mikdash (B”M) requires Morah (fear/reverence) whereas Beit Knesiet (B”K) requires kavod (respect) which the gemara compares to what would do in home (R’YBS B”M HKB”H invites us to his home; B”K is our home.)
    Kedusha of Beit Medrash flows from the TSB”P (oral law) being learned there, just as B”K flows from sefer torah.

  • Rabbi Ezra Schwartz - The minhag of Blowing Shofar in Elul: link

    2 possible sources for blowing shofar all Elul. Is the focus on Rosh Hashana or Elul? - some possible implications.

  • Mrs. Chani Newman - Lessons from the Long-Forgotten Mussar Sefer: link

    Torah readings for Rosh Hashana and the lessons from them for Bein adam/chaveiro (intrapersonal relations) and Bein Adam Lmakom (HKB”H and man) relations.

  • Rav Moshe Taragin - Rosh Hashana Part 2 - Zichronot and Shofarot: link

    Reflection on mankind’s and Jewish history in Zichronot. R’YBS on shofar as a primal, bestial cry.

  • Rabbi Jeremy Wieder - Choshen Mishpat Shiur 02: link

    2nd in Choshen Mishpat series. Some interesting comments on”Torato Umnato” (he’s full time in torah learning) and halachot regarding a talmid chaham. General discussion of taking law into your own hands.

  • Rabbi Reuven Spolter - Akeidat Yitzchak - Doing Teshuvah as Parents: link

    Lessons from the Akeidah-model for our children what we want them to be! (Do I have to quote Emerson again?).

  • Rav Mayer Twersky - Tefillah: Your Personal Connection: link

    First goes through the “proofs” of HKB”H’s existence (as in “Leida” – to know of his existence). R’YBS understands it in the sense of personal intimacy/closeness – HKB”H needs to be a presence in our lives.
    For better closeness through prayer: 1) prepare (come early); 2) focus on the words; 3) place of prayer should be reserved for prayer only.

  • Rabbi Michael Rosensweig - Gizeirah Dirabah and its Impact on Shofar: link

    Blowing Shofar on Shabbat – see mishna re: maintaining original practice of beit hamikdash where there was a beit din. Why wasn’t this done for lulav as well? Perhaps it has to do with intense relationship with the theme of the day rather than just being a vehicle.

  • Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb - HaMelech HaKadosh: Uh Oh, I Forgot!: link

    Is the change in wording a change in the form of the bracha or a minor amendation (and difference l’halacha). Think of Yaaleh V’Yavo – is it a din in the shmoneh esreh or a separate issue.

  • Rabbi A Klapper - Do Angels Fast on Yom Kippur?: link

    (low volume)
    Lot’s of sources including whether manna was totally absorbed. Do angels have bodies? Do we fast to be like angels ( = overcome body) or to purify our bodies and much, much more.

  • Rav Yair Kahn - The Uniqueness of Asseret Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur: link

    Essence of tshuva – who we really want to be – accepts our tshuva “basher who sham” (my words) even if we change after the yamim noraim.

  • Rabbi Jesse Horn - Proofs that Mesorah Offer to the Existence of Hashem: link

    Good review of the basic “proofs” of HKB”H and Judaism 1) watchmaker; 2) historical (Mark Twain); 3) my father wouldn’t lie. (Apropos of our discussion 2 weeks ago!)

  • Rabbi A Klapper - Is Bereshit Literature?: link

    Beginning of a thought provoking series. Use of literary type analysis/definitions in biblical analysis (biblical puns, ambiguity, deliberate use of literacy devices).

  • Rabbi Y Zweig -The Danger of Shalom: link

    An analysis of the similarity between Pinchas and Zimri – each had a completeness – Pinchas with HKB”H (self abegnation), Zimri with himself (self indulgence)!

  • Rabbi Allen Schwartz -Teshuva Classes on Seasonal Haftorot - Hoshea, Yoel, Micha: link

    Review of themes including mothers, need for sensitivity, realize you can change “destiny”, and repentance.

  • Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman - The Obligation to Ask Mechila From Somone: link

    Wide ranging discussion of the nature of the “mitzvah” of asking forgiveness. Does failure to ask only impact that act/implication or is it much broader (a defect in you). Lots of interesting detail.
    Is the model one of satisfying a liability or a broader need for shalom?

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