Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Yarchei Kallah

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by Joel Rich

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I’ve only reviewed those that are in English and available for download.
Rabbi Menachem Genack-Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: Contemporary Issues in Kashrus – Bishul Akum
        Some theoretical and practical applications concerning bishul akum including microwaves, tuna fish and Jewish participation as a leniency (from the OU’s point of view.)
Rabbi Osher Weiss-Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: Shiur Hakdama Part 1  Yayin
        Is stam yeinam a fundamentally different Rabbinic prohibition in which we need to look at the time and place in order to determine how serious fraternization is as an issue or is it independent of the original need (lo plug)?  Why does the S”A sometimes state an opinion and then a yesh omrim? (You can rely on the yesh omrim or be strict depending on circumstances.)
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: Contemporary Halachic Issues in Kashrut – R. Genack, R. Weiss, R. Goldmunzer
        Lots of interesting kashrut discussions including:  Bimbo/Arnold bakeries update; OU dairy designation (l’chatchila? b’dieved?); why isn’t coffee a bishul akum issue?; Defining oleh al shulchan mlachim; Starbuck’s coffee; sushi-bishul akum; cultured meats (fleishig?  kosher?); grape juice; cannabis (technical and hashkafa?); business meetings with non-bnai brit (OK vs. parties) and how careful one must be with public funds.
Rabbi Nissin Kaplan-Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: Bishul Akum
        Bishul akum should be avoided—we shouldn’t be using leniencies.  Chazal set it up as a separator and meant it seriously.
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: R. Pinchos Breuer – Shiur
        Harchakot (guardrails?) are very important!  Then on to lomdus on prohibitions related to idol worship and blood.
Rabbi Shraga Kallus-Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: Halacha Shiur
        Depending on the actor (real idol worshipper/Aravi/Sabbath violator) and the level of interaction (touch/move—wine bottle) there are a number of leniencies available after the fact.  Also includes discussion of scotch/sherry cask issues.
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: R. Nachum Rabinowitz – Kosher Wine and Grape Juice
        Practicum on wine making and kashrut—specifics include hamshacha, bishul and grape juice.  Interesting quote from R’SZA when a US kashrut organization asked him about using the light bulb heat to overcome the bishul akum issue—it’s no wonder why there’s so much assimilation in the U.S.!
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: R. Elimelech Belsky – Piskei HaRav Belsky
        While most people couldn’t appreciate R’Belsky’s brilliance, they could see how seriously he took achrayut (responsibility) and his pure joy in Torah (we should learn both from him).
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: Shiur Hakdama Part 2  Bishul and Pas
        Bishul Akum—how do the reasons behind the promulgation impact modern applications?
(Q.) When and why can we be lenient? (A.) It takes a true poseik to know.  Interesting anti-Brisker lomdus approach.  Current issues are nuance in nature, not focused on broad original conceptualization debates.
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: R. Meir Tzvi Spitzer – Shiur Iyun
        Yayin nesech may be more concerning than treifot because it was established to protect us from arayot.
        Does the leniency of yayin mvushal depend on it being an infrequent situation?  If so, how does it apply now?
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: R. Aryeh Dunner – Shiur Iyun
        Miscellaneous bishul akum topics including does the “eaten raw” exception change by time and place?  Is the definition of cooking the same for Shabbat as it is for bishul akum?  Why are coffee and beer not bishul akum?
        Lomdus in issues of chatzi shiur.
Agudah Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah 5779: R. Moshe Hillel Hirsch – Divrei Chizuk
        Divrei chizuk and drasha.
        Analysis of underlying history of and reasons for pot and bishul akum.  Specific applications include eaten raw, cooking, sushi, and differences in sfardic and ashkenazic practices.
        In depth analysis of dairy bread issues.  Is the prohibition on the dough or the final product?  How does ein mvatlin issur lchatchila factor in?

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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