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12/30/22 - SHIUR 401

To discuss or not to discuss – That is the Question

Should Headlines have Shiurim on sensitive issues?
Is it better to educate the public, or is it exposing Bochurim and others to things that they shouldn’t be exposed to?
Is it a lack of Tznius to discuss certain topics in public?
Is there a way to balance Tznius VS public awareness?
Does discussing certain issues promote wrong ideas?
Is it Loshon Horah to publicize allegations against a specific person or is it הצלת נפשות?
Should magazines and newspapers be running ads on these sensitive issues?


Chaim Yehuda Meyer

Rabbi Lichtenstein:
You are doing the right thing. Do not be discouraged. Keep beaming Torah to the world!

Eli Steinberg

Four things:
1) Big yasher koach on your engaging discussions. Dovid’s bringing a deep, lomdisher way of learning and discussing regular topics and spreading it to the masses is amazing, and I love hearing the way he discusses topics.
2) Dovid mentioned a vort on Mikeitz that due to Paroh’s lack of hakoras hatov, the skinny cows ate the fat cows, and then he said something along the lines of the good years were forgotten. Can you please clarify how he saw that in the text? I don’t recall which discussion it was, but it was within the last 6 weeks. I wish his vortluch were available in printable format.
3) Can you have a show about children of divorce and their journeys through life. I work for My Extended Family, a big brother/sister program for these children, and I always want to hear more insights how to address their pain with more daas Torah than I already have heard and my own life experience. We have thousands of kids in the community that are in these homes, yet the recent topics have been focused on sexual abuse cases, of which we have far fewer.
5) I would love to hear about what to do with the kids who were sexually abused and how we can address their shame? or what other feelings do they have? I know someone like this and I would love to hear more. Addressing discussing these topics in public vs private is not as important as what to do about the situations once they happen. We can bang on a table all day with the different stances on the issue of public forums, but it doesn’t change much of what I can do about it. It’s just philosophy.
4) Some of the people brought on the show, like an “intimacy” expert from a few weeks ago, sounded like open-orthodox, anti-frum liberals, and it hurt to hear their opinions when they slipped in a few small comments on Judaism, in general. I think a better effort could be made to filter out these experts or to give a disclaimer, as when the liberal female discussed the “rabbinic” opinion on abortion.



Reb Dovid,
In listening to the audio responses to your Chanuka riddles, and trying to understand what was being said, I was struck by the near unintelligibility of each speaker.
Our best-and-brightest, those for whom our sacred texts come alive, seem to be lacking basic communication skills.  Not everyone will be a Toastmaster expert, but from the mumbled chabura to the shul dinner speaker (often “rabbi”) who drones on for 25 minutes past the listener’s attention, this seems to be widespread. As someone who operates with one foot comfortably planted in each of two worlds, I’m sure that you notice it as well.
Perhaps this is a future topic: Are we providing our youth with the basic skills necessary for success – written and verbal communication? Basic math (economics of trade-off decisions and finance)? Are we ignoring the value of a Talent Stack even for a rebbi, rabbi, or similar? Are we hoping to mostly import such skills from baale teshuva who come over? Communication is foundational to passing knowledge on to others.

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Shiur 365 Riddle

Submitted by Raphael Miller

Dear Reb Dovid,

I heard an answer bisheim Reb Yaakov Moshe Kelefsky that actually Rashi is lishitaso.
Rashi in Makkos doesnt mean that theres no Mitzva of Kavod Zikno to the grandfather. Because there is. Its just that the mitzva to the father is more chashuv (because theres only a mitzva to grandfather through the father etc). So where their kibudim are in conflict with each other, kavod to the father takes precedence. Therefore, when the gemara in makkos says that the neherag was the father, so now his son could be a goyel hadam against the grandfather who is a roytzeach, out of respect to his father, even if it will conflict with his mitzva of kavod for the grandfather.
Kul Tuv
Submitted by Yehudah Goldsmith
באמת גיליון המהרש”א דוחה את הרמ”א בגלל שרש”י כותב שהנכד נעשה גואל הדם שמשמע שאינו חייב בכבודו. אך היד אברהם מביא את ר”ע איגר שמביא בשם הלוית חן שמה שחייב בכבוד אבי אביו זה רק בחיי אביו שמשום שחייב בכבוד אביו חייב גם בכבוד אבי אביו אך לאחר מות אביו אינו חייב כבר בכבוד אבי אביו וממילא נעשה לגואל הדם עליו. ואפשר לומר גם כמו הבית לחם יהודה שמה שחייב בכבוד אבי אביו זה לא מן הדין אלא ראוי ונכון (שהרי כתב הרמב”ם שמקלל אבי אביו כמקלל אחד משארי ישראל) אך גואל הדם דן גמור הוא ולכן הוא נעשה גואל דם למרות שבעיקרון הוא חייב בכבודו


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