Audio Roundup Special: Aguda Brachot

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by Joel Rich

Iyunim B’Hilchos Brachos 2023

פרק כיצד מברכין


NOTE: These sessions have been continuing but Aguda has not posted any new ones since February. I will IY”H post the rest if, and when, Aguda posts them

HaRav Shraga Kallus 2/1/2023-עיונים בהלכות ברכות

Baked flour/water combinations make pot haba bkisnin. It’s not “chashuv” enough to be bread unless you (actually “the velt”) have enough to be kovea seuda (then birchat mazon/hamotzi). Implications for brachot made “incorrectly” (mzonot/al hamichya) and vice versa. Lots of complex situations discussed.

Mishna Brura says “it’s pashut” that the amount to be kovea differs by subgroup (eg very old folks) (me – how define which subgroups?)

HaRav Uri Deutsch 2/2/2023-סוגיות בהלכות ברכות

Focus on the definition of pot haba bkisnin as dough with honey et al kneaded in. Is the requirement met by recognizable taste or is there a required percentage of ingredients? Is the definition based on kviut? Can you be yotzei the mitzvah of matza with it?

HaRav Shraga Kallus 2/8/2023-Halacha LiMayseh – פת הבאה בכיסנין

How much do you have to eat of pot haba bkisnin in order to require birchat hamazon? Do you include what you put on it (eg tuna fish)?

HaRav Asher Weiss 2/5/2023-Din Of Shalosh Seudos

Shalosh seudot is very important – what can be eaten, when, and are women chayav?

HaRav Asher Weiss 2/19/2023-Using “Non-Jewish” Names

Sources pro and con concerning using non-Jewish names (better to use Jewish). Real issues are motivation, context and prior agreement.

HaRav Nosson Levine 2/20/2023-פת הבאה בכיסנין

How is pot haba bkisnin different from regular pot? Perhaps qualitatively and/or not kovea because generally (since don’t eat a lot)? The amount definition is somewhat subjective. How much change in the tzurat hapot can cause an issue (eg soaking in wine)?

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 2/23/2023-פת הבאה בכיסנין

Filled dough is hamotzi unless it’s generally served in small portions and used as a kinuach. Applications (eg large knish) discussed.

HaRav 2/9/2023-סוגיות בהלכות ברכות

Does pot haba bkisnin existentially become lechem (especially with kviut) or not? Implications discussed (eg matza).

HaRav Zev Smith 2/21/2023-Pas Habah B’kisnin

Eating habits change – pot haba bkisnin replaced bread but did it fully replace it existentially/halachically? Various applications discussed.

HaRav Shraga Kallus 2/22/2023-Halacha LiMayseh – פת הבאה בכיסנין

Cake in a non-bread meal issues including: volume or weight? How many kzeitim? Are other foods mitztareif? When is it eaten during meal? And are the three definitions of pot haba bkisnin a siman or siba (would soft pretzels be included?)?

HaRav Simcha Bunim Londinsky 2/23/2023-פת הבאה בכיסנין

Perhaps wraps are mzonot since you never eat a wrap by itself? Then on to defining pot haba bkisnin.

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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