Audio Special: Iyunim Hilchos Pesach 2022

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by Joel Rich

HaRav Asher Weiss 3/20/2022-SHAILOS U’TESHUVOS ON UKRAINE-Hesped for HaRav Chaim Kanievsky ZT”L

Who was R CK and why he will be missed. Real time Ukraine shailot concerning possible pikuach nefesh and Shabbat.

HaRav Shaul Katz 3/24/2022-אפיית המצות ודין שהיית

Discussion of matza baking preparation concerns and methods of dealing with them.

HaRav Shraga Kallus 3/23/2022-Hesped for HaRav Chaim Kanievsky ZT”L

R CK psakim including: Chmar medina (none in Israel), folding shtenders, blow up balloons et al, fixing glasses, legos, cholent bones, tea bags, thermos, taarovet in books and hutra vs. dchuya.

HaRav Asher Weiss 3/27/2022-Mayim Shelanu

Mayim shelanu – trying to make sense of halacha which seems to be based on scientific explanations from science which seem not applicable today.

HaRav Refoel Kahn 3/22/2022-HAKDAMAH ON BAKING MATZOS

Chabura matza (bake your own) is based on a chumra of the Rosh and the Mishna Brura based on either a general preference for mitzva bo (vs. shlucho- but is baking a mitzva?) or a din in matza? There are possible practical issues involved with amateurs baking!

HaRav Shraga Kallus 3/23/2022-Hesped for HaRav Chaim Kanievsky ZT”L

Matza baking issues including: dough being watched, heat transference (hands vs implements), thick vs. thin dough, 18 minutes and current practices (including multiple chumrot not really necessitated by halacha.)

HaRav Dovid Zucker 3/31/2022-לשמה באפיית המצות

Why do we make a bracha on sitting in the sukka all the days of Yom Tov but only make a bracha on matza on the first day(s)?

HaRav Shraga Kallus 4/6/2022-עונים במצות מצה

Why was/is there a practice of baking matza on erev Pesach and why did it generally stop?

HaRav Shraga Kallus 3/30/2022-עיונים באפיית המצה

Review of the halachic and mechanical history of machine matza. Why it’s good to be machmir in matza making general. There’s a practice to bake on erev pesach. Should you use grains other than wheat?

HaRav Asher Weiss 4/3/2022-מצוות אפיית המצות

Thick matza was the original, thin came into use due to its preserving properties. Certainly a choleh can use thick matza if needed.


Machine vs. hand matza history and halacha. Which parts of the process require lishma, how is it defined and how long does it continue once expressed?

HaRav Shlomo Gottesman 4/6/2022-מנהג שרויה וקיומה השנה

The history of gebrokts (matza shruya). Mikar hadin there should be no chometz problem with fully baked matza being exposed to liquids. There were those (me-more now!) who had various concerns (heat didn’t reach, flour added later…) and thus a strong practice of avoidance developed which their families must adhere to even with changing circumstances.


Can a gebrokter make kneidlach on achron shel pesach for Shabbat? What didn’t the Rama like about raisins for pesach?

HaRav Elya Brudny 4/10/2022-Hesped for HaRav Chaim Kanievsky ZT”L

R Ck was a throwback to prior generations. We need to internalize the message of his life and understand the meaning of a world without him. If we don’t, his passing may mean he was taken so as not to see our punishment.

HaRav Asher Weiss 4/10/2022-דרשה לשבת הגדול –הלכה ואגדה

Pesach seder topics including: shiurim for achila (lchatchila and bidieved); maror=galut, matza=geula, korech=combination (kol davad rachma ltav avad); combining romaine and horseradish (OK); how to do koreic; medical issues; and seder objectives (emuna, hallel and kabalat ol malchut shamayim)

HaRav Shaul Katz 4/14/2022-שיעורים של מצוות הסדר


Pesach shiurim for eating and drinking over the years and today.

HaRav Shraga Kallus 4/13/2022-עיונים בהלכות ליל הסדר

Seder issues and explanations: egg symbolism, talking while leaning, fish symbolism, finish what by when, how much afikomen, post afikomen eating or drinking, standing/walking for shfoch chamatcha, who pours kos Eliyahu, shir hashirim, and leil shimurim.

HaRav Zev Smith 4/12/2022-Gebrokts and Minhagim of Pesach

Sources pro and con for the minhag of not eating gebrokts (matza shruya). There are a number of versions of the minhag (what liquids covered, what’s the concern, extensions to other foods). What’s the difference between a mashehu (it exists) vs. kolshehu (total non-materiality). Respect other’s minhagim!

HaRav Asher Weiss 4/18/2022-ספירת העומר

Implications of sfirat haomer as one mitzvah or two and duraita or drabanan. Why are we choshesh for the shitat habahag? Explanation similar to R YBS on tmimut meaning a consecutive count (explaining why a katan continues to count when turning gadol during sefira).

HaRav Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal 4/20/2022-שלא יסיח דעתו מן המצוות

Why do we put the second sefer tora on the bima before hagba on the first? Why does an oleh wait for the next one to come up? Perhaps it has to do with not having a siluk from a mitzva? Might the issue be hesech hadaat or continued kedusha? Must the two mitzvot be inextricably bound?

HaRav Rav Avrohom Schorr 4/21/2022-שביעי של פסח בהלכה ובאגדה

Lomdus on lachmei toda/shvii shel pesach – we should use shvii shel pesach to make major changes (like techiyat hameitim) in our lives.

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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