Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audio Roundup IC

by Joel Rich

Question: Should a shul's educational program (e.g. Rabbi's shiur, guest magidei shiur…) be primarily focused on a few areas needing reinforcement or be a smorgasbord so as to attract more people (but perhaps with diluted impact)?

Question:Why did the gemara come up with klalei horaah (rules for psak) rather than deciding each disagreement on its own merits?(e.g. was Rav always right in cases of issurin?)

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Ten Minute Halacha - Celebrating Rosh Chodesh: link

    Defining reasons and type of work women don’t do on Rosh Chodesh. One should have at least extra treat if not a special meal on Rosh Chodesh.

  • Rav Assaf Bednarsh -Theology -- Prayer: link

    If everything HKB”H does is for the best, why would we pray to change anything? A. Prayer: 1) Reminds us of our own responsibilities in the cosmic order; 2) Works on our relationship with HKB”H which increases our likelihood of a good outcome; 3) Helps us bring HKB”H into our lives. This yields more direct intervention; 4) Improves us (we do a mitzvah), so we get better result; 5) Brings HKB”H’s presence into the world (Kabbalistic).

  • Rabbi Jeffrey Saks - Angels, Ladders and Caves: link

    Rambam’s thought in the Moreh Nevuchim compared to that in Plato’s cave – see here link for cave information) – Rambam expands on Plato - knowledge must impact on our personalities as well. Also discussion of responsibilities of teachers of torah.

  • Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler -Horayos Shiur 3 - Daf 2a-2b - Psak vs Pilpul: link

    Discussion of who has the right to disagree with a psak, difference between psak and pilpul and differing understandings of eilu v’eilu (is it one is right and one is wrong – but understand how got there, or did HKB”H provide a box within which any of the bounded answers are “right”?)

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Nezikin Case Studies: link

    1st case study – insurance where Reuvain borrowed Shimon’s car and it is damaged. My take away – posek really needs an understanding of insurance law and how insurance works in practice. R’Aryeh – how about reimbursement of past premiums (if borrower of car wants to use owners insurance rather than pay for damage themselves?).
    2nd case study – If someone called a service man and then fixed the problem themselves, do you owe for a service call? [me – remember halacha is a floor, not a ceiling]

  • Rabbi Michael Taubes -Guarding The Makom HaMikdash Is it A Mitzvah: link

    Unusual topic – identifying mitzvah of guarding mikdash and possible purposes (prevent robbery, not allowing a zar in, kavod – being sure someone is always thinking about mikdash)

  • Rav Binyamin Tabory -She'elot uTeshuvot -- Rav Zalman Sorotzkin - Moznayim leMishpat: link

    1) Do you do chazarat hashatz if you just got a minyan after the silent amidah? (yes – interesting historical background). 2) How much do you have to spend for a time bound mitzvah (e.g. etrog). 3) Does the mesader kiddushin have to drink any of the wine (probably not). 4) Educating women (yes). 5) Restart Sanhedrin now (no).

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Avoda Zara Shiur 8 - Intro. to Pas Akum: link

    Detailed analysis of the Talmudic sources of pat akum (non bnai brit bread). Interesting Tosfot as defender of current practices (i.e. not sure why everybody does x based on “normal” halachic rules – so need to find explanation (even if strained) rather than say practice is wrong).
    R’Aryeh starts down the path of gzeirot rules (e.g. was reason given, was it “accepted” by all). IMVHO – this topic calls out for a more extensive treatment. Problem is IMVEHO the data don’t fully support any particular theoretical constructs.

    Note: Rabbi Yisrael Reisman Yirmiyahu shiurim are not online but can be purchased. My thanks to Councilor K for loaning me his copies.

    Y-201) Geographical imponderables – where tanach and chazal’s geography seems “challenging” (wrong?).
    Y-2022) Grandparent – grandchild – special mesorah relationship teaching avodat hashem (not our job to be cool – (me – just some of us are naturally so?)
    Y-203) Do you have to mention specific names/items when praying for health or other requests? Contradictory sources in the Talmud. R’YR differentiates based on a general rule where intent controls (if it’s main element). It may depend on whether your prayer is of the heart or of the lips! [ouch]
    Y-204)Can individuals convert from one nation to another (e.g. moavi become an amoni). Differentiate between genetics (yichus) and mahut (characteristics). [I’ve always wondered about Emunah and bitachon begin when there’s no hope in natural order of things (not sure all see it this way)].
    Y-205)Why did sfarim start to be named after author’s (direct or just a hint) name? Isn’t it hubris? No – it allows connection to your rebbi (nice mussar – not sure factual). No need for concern on writing words/names which include HKB”H name. Hashkafah of sefer as rebbi (didn’t sound negative!)
    Y-206)Shidduchim – be complimentary not similar (modern psychologists just realizing this).
    Y-207)Most things (physical and psychological) get better with time. Learn not to pick at a scab and to “let it go” (words of wisdom – let it be?)

  • Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein -The Rabbinic Shabbat desecrator - a true story: link

    Main issue – Is one who violates a rabbinic prohibition on Shabbat considered a shabbat prohibition or a rabbinic prohibition violator? (and the consequences).

  • Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler -Horayos Shiur 4 - Daf 2b - Rambam Al HaSugyah: link

    Horiyot 2b – continuation of series. R’Sadia – in bavel (9-10 century). They didn’t use ring for kiddushin (hmmm – who started the ring thing – us or them?).

  • Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn -The Last Lecture: link

    MTA is a great place (it certainly was 40+ years ago). Learn to make the most of every moment. Ask advice from gedolim and feel gratitude.

  • Rav Moshe Taragin -Talmud Torah - The Metaphors of Torah - The Human Body Part 1: link

    Gemara discusses importance of verbalization of learning. Was goal to increase retention, increase your effort and/or make it more part of you? Answer may have implications when considering changing technologies.

  • Rav Assaf Bednarsh - Theology -Olam HaBa: link

    Reward in world to come – physical or spiritual. Differing opinions reverse engineered to show coherence with the individuals’ opinion on other philosophical points (me – I’ll take whatever it is).

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