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Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz's weekly Question and Answer sessions at Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem.
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    The Story of Chanukah

    The Story of Chanukah

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    Q&A- Chanukah Kavannos, Ohr HaGanuz, & Talmud Censorship

    Q&A- Chanukah Kavannos, Ohr HaGanuz, & Talmud Censorship

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    Where did the minhag of showing tzitzis out come from?

    5:38 When mashiach comes will we have a unified Halacha?

    8:45 What principles disqualify someone from olam haba?

    15:14 What is the basis of hatred of Jews from Arabs?

    20:00 What is the significance of mentioning the sons of Rav Pappa in a siyyum?

    21:44 Why don’t we enunciate Hashem’s 4 letter name as we do other names?

    25:12 Is a Jew that makes a lot of money and he’s generous, can he justify having fancy stuff?

    31:42 Why is there so much evil and hashchasa when it comes to gender?

    40:39 Is money won in poker (by a frum Jew) given to tzedaka clean?

    48:00 Is thanksgiving assur for Jews to celebrate?

    51:45 Why does the first bracha in birkas hamazon differ among Jews?

    54:01 To what extent does Hashem listen to evil people or people of other religions?

    1:00:08 Could someone give more than 20% ma’aser if they have the capacity?

    1:02:30 Hashem keeps Torah, so how do we explain rain on Shabbat?

    1:04:50 Why did the song yedid nefesh change?

    1:09:08 In shidduch dating, how much leniency should someone have in hashgafa differences?

    1:11:22 Why are there no other holidays about dedication of the Temple (such as Chanukah)?

    1:13:44 What was the effect of the church’s censorship the Talmud?

    1:16:00 Why don’t non Jews that Hashem speaks to in Torah narrative immediately believe in Hashem (over their own idols)?
     
    1:17:39 What are the difference between animals and humans?

    1:21:44 Why was King Shlomo allowed to have so many wives and how could some not  be Jewish?

    1:24:40 What is the “Ohr HaGanuz”?

    1:25:57 What level of authority does the Saatmar Rav have on the matter of medinas Israel?

    1:29:47 What is Kaf HaKelah?

    1:30:48 What does the Torah say about whistleblowers? Should Jews be journalists?

    1:33:14 Does a child from a woman who converted for marriage (but it was a “legal” conversion) have questionable Judaism?

    1:35:26 What is the proper kavanna to have when lighting a menorah on Chanukah?

    1:36:31 Is the book “garden of emunah” good for a Baal Teshuva to read?

    1:38:01 Is it halachically permissible for a married couple to have a hyphenated last name or for a husband to take his wife’s last name?

    1:42:14 Do goyim have a neshama?

    1:43:25 Do all Jewish names have meaning / Ruach HaKodesh of parents?

    1:46:40 When Shabbos is over we lose the special neshama, but if I don’t eat melava malka, do I still have it? 
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    6 - Zionism III - Rav Kook Bio - Hashkafic History Series II

    6 - Zionism III - Rav Kook Bio - Hashkafic History Series II

    Hashkafic History Series II
    Ohr Lagolah Rabbinic Program  5776-6-Rav Kook Bio
    Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem,  "Hashkafic History".
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    (Originally Rec 2015-16)
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Q&A- Chukas HaGoyim, Dreidel & Gypsies

    Q&A- Chukas HaGoyim, Dreidel & Gypsies

    00:00 Are stained glass windows chukas hagoyim?
    1:17 If one of the reason of separation of a married couple each month during niddah is to create renewal, can this be applied to chavrusas of kollel?
    7:25 How can someone be forgiven for all his sins with Shabbos? Why is Yom Kippur special then?
    10:08 How does one counter the simple interpretation of Torah’s (seeming) incivility covered over by rabbinic analysis as an argument to Oral Torah?
    15:28 How did the chet haegel happen when am yisroel was on such a madrega?
    22:39 What kavana should one have during bircas kohanim?
    27:27 Why are the kohanim and levi’im part of the mashmados if they’re part of mishmaros?
    34:33 What is the history behind Jewish Romanian gypsies
    35:58 What is the history of Onkelos, and why is his Targum preferred over Targum Yonasan?
    46:00 Why are cusim considered like Jews for zimun but not for sukka? What is their history?
    55:49 Outside of the chiyuv in meiser, to what extent do we have to always give tzedakah?
    58:58 Before Shacharis, what is one allowed to do?—Shower? Exercise?
    1:00:56 How do we understand the actions of Yael with respect to sleeping with Sisra?
    1:07:26 (Followup) How could Yael even kill Sisra if the army was routed?
    1:08:51 What modern Avodah Zara do we have?
    1:15:56 What is the misunderstanding of bats laying eggs?
    1:20:45 What is the dreidel?
    1:21:50 Why does the Torah say ayin tachas ayin if it doesn’t literally mean it?
    1:24:10 Does one need to honor his parents if those parents don’t deserve it?
    1:25:26 How was Yaakov avinu allowed to hug/kiss Rochel before marriage?
    1:30:08 What does it mean for HaShem to ‘remember’ someone?
    1:31:20 With kashrus, does the rule around not being able to taste a food apply to lab-generated foods?
    1:33:54 What happened to all the avdei kanaanim?
    1:36:40 Why is there a machlokes as to whether kedusha left after the chorban?
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    5 - Zionism III - Zionism & Rav Kook - Hashkafic History Series II

    5 - Zionism III - Zionism & Rav Kook - Hashkafic History Series II

    Hashkafic History Series II
    Ohr Lagolah Rabbinic Program  5776-5-Zionism & Rav Kook
    Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem,  "Hashkafic History".
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    (Originally Rec 2015-16)
    (Produced by: CedarMedia Podcasting 2021)

    • 56 min
    Q&A- Rome, University & Religious Government

    Q&A- Rome, University & Religious Government

    00:00 Rashi on Chumash seems to be based on Sod (Kabbala), but he said it’s pashut?
    2:35 One of the reasons given for Yaakov’s crying over Rochel is that he wouldn’t be buried with him. Why is this significant?
    5:47 Does prophecy affect free-will?
    7:44 Considering that every Jew has a neshama, why do people not have an instant connection to Yiddishkeit?
    11:36 How did Adam haRishon give Dovid haMelech 70 years of his life? Would he have been born if not?
    17:17 Rome is from Eisav, but how could this be, genealogically?
    22:35 In zmiros and davening, we seem to direct our requests to malachim rather than Hashem. Why is this?
    30:57 Why can we say the names of certain angels but not others?
    33:48 Why specifically tehillim for the sick and mishnayos for the dead that are read out?
    35:25 Why can’t malachim understand Aramaic (prayers) of Hebrew is so similar?
    42:40 Is this the reason for all of Kaddish in Aramaic, or just “ihay shmay…”
    43:57 A lot of Modern Orthodox go to college/university. Is it better to increase a Jewish presence on-campus, or can this encourage people going to totally secular environment?
    49:44 What does the Rav hold on people going into kiruv after yeshiva? 
    53:35 What is the best way to counter the notion that Judaism is restrictive?
    1:01:05 Would it be ideal to have a fully religious government?
    1:05:08 At one point is a secular/unknowing person who becomes aware of a halacha going to be chayav?
    1:07:07 If other groups (eg Hindus & Catholics) insist split manifestations of HaShem isn’t Avodah Zara, how can we do things like praying in the zechus of a tzaddik or to a malach?
    1:10:56 What is ‘Charedi dati leumi’ (Charda”l) ?
    1:13:05 What are practical examples of being kiddush HaShem?
    1:15:54 Should we still daven for the welfare of the state (al pi Pirkei Avos) if the government is bad for Torah?
    1:19:43 Considering the low fatality does vaccination etc. regarding corona, is there a chiyuv to remove oneself from sakana?
    1:22:49 What are arguments to present Reform/Conservative Judaism?
    1:26:27 What is the concept of singing Shalom Aleichem/Eishes Chayil on Shabbos night?
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    • 1 hr 27 min

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