Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rav Moshe Weinberger's First Public Shiur as YU Mashgiach

YU Torah has posted the first big public shiur given by Rav Moshe Weinberger as the new mashgiach/mashpia at YU. He speaks about preparing for slichos and Rosh Hashana. Click here to listen!

Update: For anyone able to be at YU, Rav Weinberger will be givin the following shiurim:

a shiurim in Glueck 308 every Monday afternoon from 12:15-1:00 p.m.  entitled "Toras Eretz Yisroel" using the sefer Mimaynei Hayeshua.

A  shiur every Monday evening from 9-10 p.m. in Glueck 308 entitled "Introduction to Toras Habaael Shem Tov." I hope they put this on YU Torah!!! HT Ari Ackerman.

Picture courtesy of Neil B.

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Old fashioned guy said...

Oy vey, man, have they lost their way.

What is going on there, will they now throw out all their history of over a century and become a Hasidic Yeshiva? Have they lost their minds? What a betrayal of their history and Litvish heritage.

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

Ayin sham.


Old fashioned guy said...

I looked there, I don't see what you mean. If you meant to say that Rabbi Dr. Lamm drew upon Hasidic sources at times, I am well aware of that. However, what you linked to was from his outside of RIETS/YU Rabbinic career, not his time there. And even if he would sometimes do similar at RIETS/YU, it was not his main focus there, but rather peripheral.

Contrast that to the situation now with your Rebbe, whose Hasidic identity and role is front and center there, not occasional and peripheral or extracurricular.

So there is definitely a major change afoot. Whether YU/RIETS acknowledges it or if they pretend that it is no departure from their past, is not important. Ignoring something doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

When Jewish neshamos are at stake, we have to do what's right for the generation. We can't afford to just do what's "old fashioned" for its own sake.

Old fashioned guy said...

Ah, but the Torah has not changed, nor has human nature, so we have to look to the same sources that have sustained us for all the generations until the present. And that is the right way for the generation. Of course we have to adjust to new situations and challenges, but not to depart from the way of our ancestors. For a Yeshiva named after Rav Yitzchok Elchanan Spector zt"l, that means a Litvish way. There are spiritual healers from the Litvish tradition. Even one of your favories, the Bilvavi mechaber, comes from such a background.

I wonder what the founders of RIETS would say if they saw this new development. I don't think they would be pleased.

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

With regard to the fundamentals, yes, there's one Torah. But it's not true that human nature, people's neshamos, and the needs of each generation are always the same. If each generation had the same avodah as the one before, then the subsequent generation would be superfluous. And Hashem does not create things unnecessarily.

See these quotes from Rav Weinberger's drasha on parshas Chukas:

These two approaches to education also manifest themselves in a remarkable teaching by the Gemara (Sanhedrin 24a), which says: Rav Oshea says, “What is meant by the pasuk (Zecharia 11:7), which says ‘And I will take two staffs. I will call one pleasantness and I will call the other violence.’ The one called ‘pleasantness’ refers to the sages of Eretz Yisroel, who discuss halacha sweetly with one another. ‘Violence’ refers to the sages of Bavel, who do violence against one another in their discussion of halacha.”


Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Zohar 128a) even said in his time that while in previous generations the main point was strictness and fear of punishment, “For us, the matter is dependent on love.”