Yeshiva of Newark Podcast
Rischa Daraiisa-20-Is Covid 19 crafting a more positive picture in the Shidduch process?
Season 1, Ep. 20
In a rambling conversation,the Rabbis discuss the comments of Rav Yaakov Moshe Hillel and Rav Ephraim Wachsman that find the system in place for young frum persons to arrange dates Halachically unacceptable.
Shidduch resumes that lay out the basic facts of the prospect(age,schooling,ambitions,friends and Hashkafah)are expected to include a photograph that will highlight the person's attractiveness.
When these are passed along ,especially in our cyber-world,this causes unnecessary Histaklus by male parties,and results in a degradation to the modest young women who find themselves having to submit a "beauty shot" or risk not finding a Chasan.
Rabbi Kivelevitz asks Rabbi Bechhofer what steps he feels can be taken to correct the problem.
They discuss the awkward ways matches have proceeded since the Lithuanian/Non Chasidic communities became more acculturated to Western ideas of general appearance and romantic notions.
Bechhofer mentions the letters written by Rav Avraham Eliyahu Kaplan to his Kalah before their marriage,as well as those written by a young Rav Aharon Kotler to his bride to be,Chana Perl Meltzer.
He also reveals the real reason so many Litvisha bochurim did not marry until they were into their late twenties or thirties.
Rabbi Kivelevitz attempts to link this to the refusal of so many Litvish women,many married to Talmeidei Chachamim, to properly cover their hair .
He also cites the dating customs of religious youth in America in the 1940's and 50's,and Rav Moshe Feinstein's insistence that there be a mixed young person's table at his own daughter's wedding in order to facilitate the socialization necessary to lead to happy marriages.
The co-hosts disagree if there will be a lasting effect from the enforced isolation which has forced couples to meet through ZOOM in a way that is actually giving the young person images of a possible intended without artifice and trappings .
Bechhofer refers to Vogue Magazine's recent cover ,as indicative of the trend,yet believes things will revert to what they were when normal social interactions are sanctioned.
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The Chavrusa Episode 12-Rabbi Kivelevitz Vs.Rabbi Worch on whether one can actually give personal Tochachah/Rebuke to their fellow Jew
Season 3, Ep. 12
The Rabbis debate whether in today's ultra defensive times,this Mitzvah can still be practiced.
On Principle-14- Challenges in Jewish Education with Rabbi Dr.Zev Ellef-A real historical perspective yields stronger suggestions for the uncertainty ahead
Season 1, Ep. 14
Rabbi Doctor Zev Eleff is Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College and Associate Professor of Jewish History at Touro College. He is the author of nine books. His most recent isAuthentically Orthodox: A Tradition-Bound Faith in American Life.In a wide ranging discussion with Rabbi Kivelevitz,Rabbi Eleff recounts how the"Yeshiva-h"as H.T.C. is referred to, was able to manage through the worst days of thepandemic.While praising the technology of teleconferencing ,Eleff highlights aspects ofweaknesses in the model over and abovethose that have been pointed out by other educators.He applauds the dedicated veteran instructors who have forced themselves to learn newskills, providing an upgrade in the edification of future students.In the latter part of the episode, Rabbi Kivelevitz references Eleff'srecent article in Jewish Action Rabbi Leo Jung, Herman Wouk and their Little-Known Orthodox Societyand asks the author if the suggestion floated by the group highlighted in thearticle in the late 1940's-mainly that Orthodox institutions would be helped ifthey would be brought under one central head to make the appeal for allYeshivos, should be 2020's model.Kivelevitz wonders if this is the only realistic chance for religious schooling tocontinue unabated in the face of the economic depression the experts are predicting.Rabbi Eleff's elegant response is built on his expertise in the communal history ofAmerican Orthodoxy.In a similarly cogent vein, Eleff applies the crucial lesson that his articleunderscores,the power of laypeople, beyond the purview of an organizational umbrella, to make a pivotal mark on Jewish history in post Covid-19 life.The Rabbi supplies us with practical directives and examples that,if implemented,will unify our communities and enhance our religious sensibilities.Please leave us a review or email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information on this podcast visityeshivaofnewark.jewishpodcasts.org
RambaN Vs.RambaM-Episode 1-What is the essence of Kedusha?
Season 1, Ep. 1
Presenting a new 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 the bracha of wide attendance in Shiurim and 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 of Mishna Torah etched 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.