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Creating Forbidden Images

  • January 18, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Moshe Zev Granek on Parshas Beshalach (לא תעשון אתי אלהי כסף ואלהי זהב לא תעשו לכם (שמות כ:כ The Gemara (Rosh Hashana 24, Avoda Zara 43) explains that this pasuk is the source for…

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Practical Halachos of Techum Shabbos

  • January 15, 2019

  Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yosef Jacobowitz on Parshas Beshalach (אל יצא איש ממקומו ביום השביעי (שמות טז:כט   Techum Shabbos dictates that one may not walk more than 2000 amos on Shabbos past his location (or his…

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Why Is This Night Different From all Other Nights?

  • January 4, 2019

The Mitzva of Sippur and Zechira Adapted from a shiur by Rav Ari Stauber on Parshas Bo (והגדת לבנך ביום ההוא לאמור בעבור זה עשה לי בצאתי ממצרים (שמות יג:ח   According to Ben Zoma (Berachos 12b), the mitzvah of…

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Breaking a Commitment and the Laws of Garmi

  • January 1, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Daniel Dombroff on Parshas Va’eira ויכבד לבו ולא שלח את העם There are two levels of indirect damages: Gerama – very indirect, for which one is patur bidei adam and chayav bidinei shamayim (Bava…

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Halachos of Reading the Shem Hashem

  • December 25, 2018

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Chaim Weg on Parshas Shemos (:זה שמי לעלם וזה זכרי לדור דור (שמות ה   According to Pesachim 50a, the word לעלם is written without the vav to show that the Shem HaMeforash (YKVK)…

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Is Embalming Permitted?

  • December 17, 2018

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yitzchak Grossman on Parshas Vayechi ויצו יוסף את עבדיו את הרופאים לחנט את אביו ויחנטו הרפאים את ישראל (בראשית נ:ב) וימת יוסף... ויחנטו אותו ויישם בארון במצרים (בראשית נ:כו)   What exactly was this…

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  • December 10, 2018

    By: Rav Yechiel Biberfeld   The financial obligation of honoring parents is on who? We find in this week’s parsha praise for the ‘tzedakah’ of Yosef for supporting his father, Yakov Avinu, all the years in Mitzrayim. Was…

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Lighting Chanukah Candles in Shul

  • December 4, 2018

Rav Yosef Greenwald   Shulchan Aruch (O.C. 671:7): ·         The minhag is to light Chanukah candles in shul with a beracha just like at home.     The problem: ·         The Gemara states (Shabbos 21b) that the obligation is “Ner…

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Just Cause: How Significant Is Grama?

  • November 26, 2018

  Highlights of a shiur by Rav Yosef Greenwald וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם רְאוּבֵן אַל תִּשְׁפְּכוּ דָם הַשְׁלִיכוּ אֹתוֹ אֶל הַבּוֹר הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר בַּמִּדְבָּר וְיָד אַל תִּשְׁלְחוּ בוֹ לְמַעַן הַצִּיל אֹתוֹ מִיָּדָם לַהֲשִׁיבוֹ אֶל אָבִיו. And Reuven said to them, “Do not…

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Labor Law: Who Should Do the Melacha at a Birth?

  • November 21, 2018

Highlights of a shiur by Rav Yehoshua Grunwald   Should pikuach nefesh be delegated? וַתֵּלֶד רָחֵל וַתְּקַשׁ בְּלִדְתָּהּ. And Rachel gave birth, and she had difficulty in her delivery. (Beraishis 35:16) If there is a need on Shabbos for lifesaving…

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