by Joel Rich
There’s a famous medrash (R’YBS seemed particularly enamored with it) that an angel teaches all the Torah to a fetus in utero and then taps it so it forgets all of it at birth. Question – Does this apply to babies of both sexes?
FWIW (probably not much) I am feeling that if we can ever get clarity on quantum entanglement (spooky action at a distance) and the Heisenberg uncertainly principle/decoherence issues, we will be better able to explain the predestination/free will conundrum (and the whole time/space continuum thing as well!)
Modern orthodoxy to R’Sperber is based on a total commitment to halacha but also to development of halachic process that faces challenges in an innovative manner.
Historical example – heter iska (allows for charging interest)
We can’t stop making changes based onour halachically valid conclusions just because those changes border on what the Conservative movement did 50 years ago, .
History and shift in the acceptance of the heter mchira. R’Kook was against the calcification of Halacha that we are seeing now.
Changes in womens’ learning needs to be reflected but the Rabbinic establishment has been hijacked by the chareidim.
Partnership minyanim and women Rabbis? Sounded positive but didn’t commit in this forum.
Agunot/geirut – the problem is the batei denim (courts)!
I think R’HS said that the idea that darshinin taama d’kra (we use the “reason” for a mitzvah in determining its halachic force) is agreed to by all in cases where scripture gave a reason, comes from later achronim.
*Is burial a Rabbinic or Torah requirement?
*How deep? How far from each other?
*Burial of scriptural texts
*R’YBS on malach teaching Torah to fetus before birth making each of us into a living sefer Torah requiring burial
*Need for Jewish cemeteries
*Need to bury near relatively equivalent level person (oy!)
*Burying on second day of yom tov
*Coffins were frequently metal till fairly recently in Jewish history!
*R’Gamliel’s takana on using inexpensive tachrichin (shrouds) is generally extended to coffins as well
*When do we say don’t make new chumras because it reflects poorly on prior generations
*Exhumation – when permitted?
*Which husband/wife to bury next to when there’s more than one!
*The talit is to strengthen our belief in tchiyat hameitim
Last in the series – focus on technical elements – when is the shliach (agent) an active participant vs. just a robotic deliverer and what are the halachic implications of this distinction? Also includes analysis of non-Jews, minors and chatzer (property) status with regard to agency.
Which names of HKB”H are subsumed under the prohibition of erasing? Does intent of writer/printer make a difference? Is there such a thing as negative intent to keep something from being included? How does one dispose of sheimot thoughtfully?
Rent control as defined here includes the inability to expel a renter in certain circumstances, as well as limiting rent increases. Talmudic sources on examples of market interventions (or lack thereof) throughout Jewish history. Where is the proper balance? Does Dina D’Malchuta (DMD) apply? Local custom usually rules!
Defining emunah (belief/faith) as a mitzvah – differing opinions. Post – Kant can you prove anything?
Does a parent say kaddish for a child if lo aleinu the chid predeceases the parent? Talmudic sources analyzed, generally yes unless the child is a rasha (evil).
Analysis of birchat eirusin – who do they belong to? (me – who pays for the wedding?) How does shlichut (agency) work? R’AW’s chiddush – the agent actually gets the mitzvah, the principal just is in the state of having had whatever needed to be done as being done.
Then some mussar on midot, midot, midot as the most important shidduch competency (Sound familiar my sons?).
Analysis of prohibitions involved in putting oneself in dangerous situations. It’s “obvious” that HKB”H wants you to live another day to do more mitzvoth.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ve seen very similar R’HS shiurim summarized in the audio roundup. When is there a danger that is recognized to permit Shabbat violations and what violations are permitted?
Continuation of Beishit series. Here focus on the paradigms provided by pre-Avraham storylines as guidance for our future individual and communal actions.
Focusing on differentiating between hair circumstances requiring loss of ktuvah vs. where hair is viewed as a source of ervah. Very detailed analysis of sources.
Focus on definitions of ervah in case of shok (TBD – part of leg), hair and even a little finger. Includes current halachic opinions as well as original sources.
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