Yeshiva of Newark Podcast
Rischa Daraiisa-23-Should the Pandemic and Social Upheavals in the United States spur massive Immigration to Eretz Yisroel
Season 1, Ep. 23
After listening to this episode-please send in your opinion to firstname.lastname@example.org whether the Rischa Team could thrive in Eretz Yisroel having a larger impact than staying in the United States.
The strident columns penned by Rabbi Chananyah Weissman calling for Jews in America to plan their evacuation from the U.S.and begin resettlement in EretzYisroel have been widely circulated.
Weissman,on the heels of the recent social unrest and protests wrote a passioned histrionic piece entitled
"Why do Orthodox Jews want to stay in America?",warning of the dismantling of the safeguards of society to the peril of the Bnei Yisroel.
(The full text can be found at Orthodox Jews against Discrimination and Racism.)
Both Rabbis Kivelevitz and Bechhofer dismiss Weissman as an extremist, and instead discuss calmly if the forced lockdowns and weakening of schools should push younger persons who are able to plan their Aliyah.
Rabbi Bechhofer succinctly reviews the Halachic opinions if one is bound to move to Eretz Yisroel,now that free immigration is offered to all Jews.
He claims persons who are engaged in important Harbatzas HaTorah and are thriving have no responsibility to forsake their life calling to merely subsist without honor in the Holy Land.
Rabbi Bechhofer asserts that both he and Kivelevitz would be considered men of mere average ability in the midst of the towering scholarship that flourishes in every corner of Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak.
Furthermore due to their eccentricities,they would never find a following or create a successful Yeshiva in the highly polarized judgmental atmosphere that permeates the country.
Kivelevitz thinks Bechhofer is selling himself short,and points out that the activities both of them are managing in America hardly qualify as crucial work on behalf of the less learned of our people.
He cites the example of many Rabbis who adopted the strict mores of dress that was expected of them in Eretz Yisroel,yet remained true to their essence.
They were capable of disseminating their unique approach in that environment to truly appreciative knowledge loving students and chaverim .
Those Rabbanim submitted to the small minded dress expectations, yet gained in self fulfillment.
Why not two sixtyish red headed fellows like themselves?
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RambaN Vs.Rambam-Episode 5-A Life in Training-The performance of Mitzvos in Chutz LaAretz
Season 1, Ep. 5
This episode is dedicated לעילוי נשמת רב מסעוד אשר בן ביידה ז"לMasoud Asher Perez Z"lA Shiur that mines ancient texts for illuminating new understanding and relevance!The following is a letter from Rabbi Kivelevitz the host of the program.Shalom Ubracha-It is quite unnecessaryto state here how stressful the last few months have been.AsKlal Yisroel places an immeasurable value on learning and intellectual growth, many of us have weathered this storm by entrenching ourselves deeper into our rich literary heritage, discovering insight and inspiration and using the pause of hustle bustle activity to savor new texts and articulate probing questions. The tools of teleconferencing have generated thebrachaof wide attendance inShiurimand access to the world's finest Torah teachers. Energized by these positives, I am humbly offering to partner with all of you on a venture of discovery.Over twenty-five years ago, I listenedwith rapt attention as Professor Haym Soloveichick eulogized his father. He said theRambam,Maimonides, was theGirsa DaYankusaof his father, which the prodigygrew up memorizing like nursery rhymes, with all ofMishna Torahetched in his memory and flowing easily from his lip.However,it wasin that otherMoshe, Nachmanides,that the elder Soloveichickdiscovered his intellectual approach and soul.It can be assumed that Rav Soloveichick's flowering as the premier Talmudist of our times was built in great part by contrasting the words of each of these Medieval teachers in areas they had both worked on, or whereRambanlevels his often withering criticism ofRambam's position.There are scores of examples throughout Shas,and in particular in the work Nachmanides dedicated to staking his disagreements with his Egyptian counterpart-Hasagosto theRambam'sSefer HaMitzvos.In his classic toweringPerushonChumash,Rambanforcefully attacks many ofRambam's explanations ofmitzvosand interpretations of biblical events.In the coming weeks, we can together discover anew these diamond like gems ofcodification, inquiry analysis and poetic barbsthat issued from these giants.....-armed with the salient texts, and buoyed by an enthusiasm to discover, I relish the prospect of learning with you.
Tshuvos and Poskim-The Rav Yehudah Bar Ilai of the last Generation-The Splendor of Rav Soloveichick-Tisha BAv Torah
Season 3, Ep. 23
Rabbi Kivelevitz presented a ZOOM Shiur On Tisha BaV 5780 that selected some of the choicest teachings of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveichick as they appear in Harrarei Kedem.They clarify what our learning on Tisha BAv is supposed to accomplish,what is the purpose of Kinus,are we mourning more than the lack of Avodah? What exactly occurs at the time of Mincha that changes so much of the day.Please leave us a review or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org out more about this podcast fromyeshivaofnewark.jewishpodcasts.org
Standing in Two Worlds-Episode3-with Doctor Sam Juni PhD-A Humor-Filled Tisha BAv -a more effective way to understand and internalize Jewish pain
Season 1, Ep. 3
In this episode,recorded in the hours before Tisha BAv, Doctor Sam Juni,takes us behind the scenes of the production of his groundbreaking studies on ethnic-humor.This field was rife with speculative suggestions,Juni's empirically forged statistics have forever altered the scholarly landscape in this area.Tracing his interest in the subject to the tragicomic upbringing he had as a child of holocaust survivors,he recounts his father's devastating history and the grim jokes the elder Rabbi Juni favored and relished retelling.Under Rabbi Kivelevitz's questioning,the professor explains the theory advanced by Sigmund Freud for the "masochistic" self-effacing jokes perfected by the Jews.Juni's marking of the trail of pain anew, was abetted by the rich YIVO archives, which allowed him to conclusively move beyond Freud to a definitive description and categorization of types of humor and link them convincingly to the communities which spawned and propagated them.He has posited new motivations for ethnic humor aimed at why common societal behavior has developed, that has been accepted by serious psychologists and researchers world-wide.Professor Juni's papers have spurred the study of the humor of Latinos, Blacks, and Women to see if the conclusions drawn based on his study of Jews, hold true across many minorities or oppressed groups.Intertwined in his conclusions on victim-hood is the insight, granted Doctor Juni into the prevalence of Jews in the nascent Civil Rights Movement of the late 50's and early 60's which he shares in this discussion.Doctor Samuel Juniis one of the foremost research psychologists in the world today.He has published groundbreaking original research in seventy different peer reviewed journals, and is cited continuously with respect by colleagues and experts in the field who have built on his theories and observations.Samuel Juni studied inYeshivas Chaim Berlinunder Rav Yitzchack Hutner, and in Yeshiva University as aTalmidof Rav Joseph Dov Soloveitchick.ProfessorJuni is a prominent member of theAssociation of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, and has regularly presented addresses to captivated audiences.Associated with NYU since 1979,Juni has served as Director of MA and PhD programs, all the while heading teams engaged in important research.Professor Juni's scholarship on aberrant behavior across the cultural, ethnic, and religious spectrum is founded onpsychometric methodologyand based on a psycho-dynamicpsychopathologyperspective.He is possibly the world's expert inDifferential Diagnostics, with each of his myriad studiesentailing parallel efforts in theory construction and empirical data collection from normative and clinical populations.Professor Juni created and directed NYU's Graduate Program in Tel Aviv titledCross-Cultural Group Dynamics in Stressful Environments.Based inYerushalayim, he collaborates with Israeli academic and mental health specialists in the study of dissonant factors and tensions in the Arab-Israeli conflict and those within the Orthodox Jewish community, while exploring personality challenges of second-generation Holocaust survivors.Below is a partial list of the journalsto which Professor Juni has contributed over 120 articles.Many are available on lineJournal of Forensic PsychologyJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.International Review of VictimologyThe Journal of Nervous and Mental DiseaseInternational Forum of PsychoanalysisJournal of Personality AssessmentJournal of Abnormal PsychologyJournal of Psychoanalytic AnthropologyPsychophysiologyPsychology and Human DevelopmentJournal of Sex ResearchJournal of Psychology and JudaismContemporary Family TherapyAmerican Journal on AddictionsJournal of Criminal PsychologyMental Health, Religion & CulturePlease leave us a review or email us at email@example.com