Audio Roundup Special: Aguda Iyunim B’Hilchos Brachos 2023

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by Joel Rich


Iyunim B’Hilchos Brachos 2023

פרק כיצד מברכין

HaRav Asher Weiss 1/1/2023-Psakim In Hilchos Brachos

Kol shyeish bo (5 grains) analysis – R Weiss holds that if it’s added to something for minimal taste, it’s shehakol (eg gefilte fish). Shehakol is best approach when there is a true halachic doubt.

HaRav Eli Gersten 1/2/2023-Iyunim B’Piskei HaRav Yisroel Belsky ZT”L In Hilchos Brachos

What is the bracha status of grape juice fully (or partially) reconstituted with water? Then on to hearts of palm, puffed rice, pringles … hen is it a maaseh kdeira? R Moshe’s approach was to leave it in its prior bracha status (adama) unless it’s not a safek (eg clearly a maaseh kdeirah).

HaRav Zev Smith 1/2/2023-עיונים בהלכות ברכות – עיקר וטפל

Applications of the rule of the bracha on the ikkar being patir the tafel.

HaRav Shraga Kallus 1/3/2023-Practical Issue In Hilchos Brachos

When does bread lose its status of hamotzi? If you break it up into pieces less than a kazait and then apply a process (cook? bake? fry?) it will become mezonot.

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 1/4/2023-עיונים בהלכות ברכות

More on when does bread lose its hamotzi status.  Does one piece bigger than when a kzayit in the pot mean everything in the pot is hamotzi?

HaRav Uri Deutsch 1/5/2023-סוגיות בהלכות ברכות

Lomdus on bread crumbs, bishul and tigun – when does the bread lose its identity?

HaRav Asher Weiss 1/8/2023-Yissachar – Zevulan Arrangements

A Yissachar/Zevulun “partnership” means (according to R Weiss) that Zevulun is like a chavruta since Yissachar can learn in an enhanced manner with a settled mind. They both get 100% schar.

HaRav Nosson Levine 1/9/2023-Binyan Birchas Hamotzi

Lomdus on defining loss of tzurat hapat – varying approaches.

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 1/10/2023-עיונים בהלכות ברכות

Focus on wheat wraps –  mezonot or hamotzi? What kinds of batter is used? Are they used in place of bread for a meal?

HaRav Shraga Kallus 1/11/2023-Practical Issue In Hilchos Brachos

Are the rules for which dough requires taking challa the same as those for when hamotzi is required? Does the intent and/or the consistency of the batter/dough control (and at what point in time is that measured?)

HaRav Uri Deutsch 1/12/2023-Sugyos Binyanei Brachos

Lamdus on rashi v tosfot on cooked bread bracha

HaRav Asher Weiss 1/15/2023-Endangering Oneself In Order To Save Another

When can (should/must/midat chassidut) one put oneself into danger to save another. Applications discussed for kidney and bone marrow donations. (me-did the Radbaz know that his tshuva on sacrificing for another would gain such eternity?)

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 1/17/2023-BRACHOS ON VARIOUS TYPES OF BREADS

When is taking challa and/or the bracha of hamotzi required depending on viscosity of the dough, the type of “cooking”, is one kovea seuda, and the original intent? Applications include pancakes, bagels, waffles and lasagna.

HaRav Shraga Kallus 1/18/2023-IYUNIM B’HILCHOS BRACHOS

How do we analyze a multi-step preparation processes (eg scald then bake)? How much weight do we give the original intent of the batter maker? Implications discussed for brachot on  bagels, melba toast and yerushalmi kugel.

HaRav Uri Deutsch 1/19/2023-THE BRACHA ON COOKED LECHEM

Challa and/or chiyuv bracha are dependent on: original intent, viscosity of dough and mode of heat application.

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 1/24/2023-Inyanei In Hilchos Of Grain-based Foods

See R Deutsch above for basics, here you’ll find suggested workarounds (just stop eating donuts et al?) Then onto an introduction to pat haba bkissin and all its associated issues.


It’s not easy to put together a complete conceptual model of how a combination of water and flour becomes either hamotzi or mzonot. It has to included intent, viscosity, heating method and form.

HaRav Zev Smith 1/26/2023-Pas Habah B’kisnin; Wraps, Bagel Chips etc.

Brachot for flour and water (and yeast) based products are based on the food function (meal v snack). You can’t just “be machmir” since you may make an incorrect bracha (eg hamazon when only al hamichya is appropriate). Applications discussed include wraps, bagel chips, croutons and soft pretzels. (me-defining meal v snack is even more difficult today when “grazing” is more common).

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 1/31/2023-BRACHOS ON VARIOUS TYPES OF BREADS

Pat haba bkisnin/kovea seuda issues discussed. The amount required to be kovea may differ by class (eg old folks, women) [me-and who determines the granularity of the classes (eg is actuaries over 6’4” a class?)] Why don’t people wash for full blown kiddush with cake? (they should!) Ditto for “mzonot rolls”?

HaRav Asher Weiss 1/22/2023-GEZEIROS SHMAD

In cases of being forced by a non-Jew to sin when does hanat atzmo act as a mitigating circumstance? (shaat hashmad, bfarhesia). Discussion of tshuvot from the 1800s (cantonists, dress requirements) presenting different approaches to this question.

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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