by Joel Rich
The shulchan aruch allows one to “borrow” another’s tallit or tfilin on the assumption that one would be happy to have another do a mitzvah with his property.
Questions: What if you have past history which might indicate this might not be a good assumption? What if after the fact you find out that this person did not want you to use his property? (Are you yotzei? Did you steal?)
Part 1 of a series concerning David and Batsheva. Starts with the retelling of the story and discussing differing approaches to the level of the “sin”.
Yosef’s story from his first dreams to interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams – the parallels and messages.
Rmiza lakum is a much more limited heter than most people realize.
The interruption of the Yosef narrative with the Yehuda/Tamar story is in order to teach us a lesson concerning leadership.
Begins with a discussion of shmita status of arba minim – it’s all about do they have other uses (but even if not, there may be an issue of zika). Havlaah is a partial solution as is otzar beit din, but even with these we have concerns and issues.
Understanding the Rambam on vidui and tshuva. Tshuva is both a mitzva and an opportunity. Why doesn’t bet din recognize tshuva? Because it’s a chiddush limited to the relationship between man and HKBH.
It’s generally agreed that the earliest time for kiddush levana is when a fast would be over. How much benefit does one have to get and how much cloud cover can there be that would still allow for kiddush levana to be made?
Taking a bribe is clearly forbidden. What’s the status of giving a bribe? It’s likely forbidden due to lack of yosher even if it’s not gezel. Kickbacks (me-and all of life) are likely subject to the same yosher criteria.
Wind up power on Shabbat could be an issue of tikkun mana or of breathing life into something. This theory can affect many situations (eg watches, toys, etc.)
The concepts of kavua and arai have applications in may areas of halacha including: sukka, meals, sheimot, utensils, cans (Shabbat opening) and cutting toilet paper.
Miscellaneous sukkah questions including: accidental schach, drinking water outside the sukka (mitzvah or geder), schach with bugs, etrogim this year (shmita),kriat shma in the sukka, sleeping under a table and much more.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” (HT- C Dickens) What do we need to do now to bring moshiach?
Mitzvot lav leihanot applies when the maaseh mitzva is avodat hashem, not issurei hanaa.
LED and fluorescent bulbs may be OK for Shabbat “lighting”, turn them off before making the bracha.
The text of tfilat haderech was somewhat unsettled – should it all be in plural? Always reflect a return trip? Is it a bracha or a tfila? (the latter)
Riddles from R Chaim Kanievsky
Human life of any type, even vegetative, must be preserved. Yissurim can make a positive difference in the world. There is always a mitzvah of bikkur cholim.
Some things that are not allowed to be done on yom tov for ochel nefesh may be done on chol hamoed. Can you fish or cut flowers on chol hamoed? Also discussed cooking for non-Jews and/or non-shomer shabbat as well as industrial cooking. Machshirei ochel nefesh are generally OK on chol hamoed.
Some fancy wine bottle dispenser (Coravin) is OK to use on Shabbat. The super bowl isn’t for the frum.
Schlock/schach issues including: drip vs. hard rain (HT- Bob Dylan “it’s a hard rain gonna fall”), Does material make a difference (yes), Netting use (OK), Antwerp (all rain runs off) schach (OK), and Wartime blackouts (no good for sukkah).
Do etrog/shmita rules go by chanata or lkicha? How many can you take from a pardes? There are issues with havlaah and otzar beit din. Other minim also discussed.
We’re surrounded by a society that doesn’t believe in absolute truth and it impacts us. What can we do about it?
The technical definition of basar hanitaleim probably differs from what most people think of (they’re likely confusing it with the laws of using a non-Jewish messenger). The main thing to be concerned about is when the non-Jew benefits financially from a switch (eg substituting chalav stam for chalov yisroel)
Shabbat is focused on self, yom tov is about others. Shavout is an atzeret for Pesach.
Amos’s message is that hester panim shows you have a relationship with HKBH. The final message of Iyov is we should ask what, not why, in times of adversity.
Shiur concerning fixes in shmoneh esrei including: vten tal, yaaleh vyavo, elokai nzor .. also discussed – proper timing for three steps before starting shmoneh esrai.
Briskers try to blend intellect and experience in understanding the Rambam on Emunah (yedia). Breslov ignores the former.
Tfillin are very important! Discussion of requirements including: materials, color, rtzuot, batim, squareness and proper care.
Part One – R H Schachter discussed the importance of the oral law/mesora.
Part Two – panel discussion including:Taking a lulav where you know it will be later confiscated, ben ch”ul who held one day in aretz flying to ch”ul on yom tov sheini, status of candle lighting on yom tov sheini, inviting non-Jews to a yom tov meal, picking a minhag(tefillin on chol hamoed) when you have none, pets on yom tov and 4 minim at night.
Bereshit is different than the other books of the torah as it represents an unconditional acceptance of the other four books. What was bothering Rashi in the first verse of Bereshit?
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