Filling in for Sal while he and his family are on vacation is Rabbi Aaron Parry!
Topics covered: Torah is like a lemon. Why are there Talmudic disputes all together? Story from Talmud about 2 sages greeting a 3rd. Which approach to “truth” was correct? Explained the dispute between Rav & Shmuel concerning the Mavoi Akuma continuing on to Daf 7a. In what context do we say one can take the stringencies of 2 schools of thought? Explained a couple reasons why there are Talmudic disputes. A number of laws were forgotten as a result of exile. 2nd sages used rules (e.g.13 middos of rabbi yishmael) to derive details or proofs for a given law. Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar (Ohr Hachaim) explains that Moshe wasn’t necessarily told where a given Torah law was alluded to in the Torah, this would be the job of every Talmud student to harmonize the oral law with the written one. Often times we are stuck, and no conclusion is reached (e.g. Teiku). If Elijah The Prophet will come and reconcile, is that also in category of; “It’s not from Heaven?” One answer shared; he will come in form of a sage not prophet. Or, he will help clarify physical facts of reality hindering our ability to render a ruling. Rabbi Aaron Parry is a native of Los Angeles and has been involved in every imaginable rabbinic position since 1990. He was a college campus outreach at local universities. He served as the pulpit rabbi for the Young Israel of Beverly Hills for many years in the 90’s. He taught Talmud over a dozen years in local Yeshiva High Schools (including coaching the Shalhevet baseball team). He helped start the Irvine Hebrew Day School in 2015 and presently serves as the Director of Education for the North Hollywood Beit Din for Conversion to Judaism. He’s the author of two books in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series on Talmud and Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures). He’s the father of 9 wonderful children and a whole bunch or grandchildren.