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Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz's weekly Question and Answer sessions at Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem.
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    Q&A- Geirim, Mental Health & Tax Evasion

    Q&A- Geirim, Mental Health & Tax Evasion

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    00:00 If Bnei Yisrael was only obligated in korban Pesach once they entered the land, why does Rashi say that Bamidbar doesn't start with korban Pesach because it was only done once in the midbar?
     
    03:21 Should a ger say "shelo asani goy"?
     
    04:05 What is the Jewish view of acupuncture, qi, etc?
     
    13:12 Is it heretical to say that God needs us?
     
    19:17 Why can't a worker, since he could quit, keep an object he found on the job?
     
    23:38 If the firstborn has a natural spiritual power, why are so many important ancestors (Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yehudah, Moshe) younger brothers?
     
    28:40 What is the source of tefillas hageshem, and why does it say to remove the yetzer hara?
     
    32:28 How does bitachon work with the Rambam's view of hashgacha pratis?
     
    38:00 Can a ger fulfill the commandment to honor one's parents?
     
    40:32 How do we explain to those in the secular world that we, in yeshiva, learn Gemara all day?
     
    47:55 Why is there a difference between when a human baby is born and when an animal baby is born?
     
    52:21 What is the Torah opinion on mental health issues that inhibit a person's ability to interact with the world?
     
    54:18 Who was Ovadiah the prophet?
     
    57:26 What is the significance of the different spellings of mezuzzah in the Shema?
     
    58:47 What is the source for the verses for peoples' names, and why are there different verses for the same names?
     
    1:01:48 Why would God create someone who won't do teshuva?
     
    1:03:49 Wouldn't the Egyptians notice so many Israelites were missing after the plague of darkness?
     
    1:05:15 Rambam seems to define apikoros in two different ways. Are they contradictory?
     
    1:09:22 Why does the Sephardi nusach have "chayim tovim", whereas the Ashkenazi nusach has just "chayim"?
     
    1:13:59 If one does teshuva on a certain sin, but falls into that sin later, is the original teshuva nullified? Does teshuva take a set amount of time?
     
    1:16:33 What is the importance of physical beauty?
     
    1:21:00 Should one eat while learning?
     
    1:23:36 How do we respond to the argument that because the Jews were oppressed, we should support homosexuals and Palestinians and the like?
     
    1:25:36 Can one pray regarding an event that happened already but has an unknown outcome?
     
    1:29:05 Is there such a thing as a legal coup?
     
    1:32:00 How could the Day of Judgment, filled with fear, fall on Shabbos, filled with rest?
     
    1:33:40 Why didn't the Baal Haggadah give the Torah's answer to the wicked son's question?
     
    1:36:41 Should a religious person commit tax evasion in Israel?
     
    1:39:56 What are the halachic considerations of moving a parent into a nursing home?

     



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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Q&A- Circumcision, Lips & "Every Yid's a Big Tzadik"

    Q&A- Circumcision, Lips & "Every Yid's a Big Tzadik"

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    00:00 Why was Moshe punished for not circumcising his son in the wilderness, while Bnei Yisrael didn't circumcise in the wilderness?
     
    01:22 Is someone a tinok shenishba if they've tried Judaism?
     
    09:53 Regarding gadolim, which came first: the middos or the Torah?
     
    16:51 How does one discuss the death of a family member with a toddler?
     
    20:53 What are some halachic details of washing hands?
     
    24:57 What is daas Torah?
     
    32:08 Is there a makor for daas Torah?
     
    36:40 Who was Rav Pam?
     
    38:11 What makes Jerusalem fitting for the Temple over other holy cities?
     
    40:11 What is the most important Jewish value?
     
    46:42 How do we understand stories in the Gemara that display a lack of kindness?
     
    50:45 Why did Moshe keep asking about his "uncircumcised lips"?
     
    53:44 If one is at a Shabbos meal, and the host's daughter sings along in zemiros, should one leave the table?
     
    59:10 What should we think about the political party "Tes", or the Religious Zionist Party?
     
    1:02:05 How does one take terumah and maaser on demai nowadays?
     
    1:03:31 Can one sing "Every Yid's a Big Tzadik"?
     
    1:06:30 Why is work such a taboo in charedi society?
     
    1:14:11 What does Torah have that geula doesn't, to bestow menuchas ruach?
     
    1:17:59 What does "until this very day" mean?
     
    1:19:28 What is the source for the "cry of humanity"?
     
    1:23:40 Why should a name be based on life events, eg. Reuven?
     
    1:25:37 What is the source for the Big Three aveiros?
     
    1:26:57 Now that helping someone across the world is so easy, does that take priority over helping someone locally?
     
    1:29:17 How did Dathan and Aviram deserve to leave Egypt?
     
    1:32:22 Will I have similarities to my namesake? Can I change my own name?
     
    1:35:28 Is there a hashkafic reason why dati leumi carry more guns?
     
    1:36:18 How can there be basheret when there is divorce?
     
    1:39:23 How do daas Torah and ruach hakodesh differ?
     
    1:41:57 How could Elisha call bears on teenagers?
     
    1:43:30 Can one say lashon hara on non-Jews?
     
    1:44:23 Can one do an aliyas neshama for a living person?

     
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Q&A- Paskining Hashkafa, The IDF Tefilla & Co-Ed Youth Groups

    Q&A- Paskining Hashkafa, The IDF Tefilla & Co-Ed Youth Groups

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    00:00 Does Rashi mean to imply that the blessings in this week's parsha are b'dieved?
     
    01:25 If someone is forced to eat non-kosher, should they make a bracha? What if they're getting all nutrients through IV?
     
    04:07 How does something become the hashkafic norm?
     
    11:44 Why does Levi become accepted and blessed, whereas Shimon becomes relatively rejected?
     
    18:15 Should someone name their child after an irreligious ancestor?
     
    20:40 Is there a cognovit promissory note in halacha?
     
    22:44 Is a cash discount a form of ribis?
     
    25:03 Is there a halachic basis for co-ed events?
     
    34:01 Where is radioactivity in the Torah?
     
    37:56 How can we reconcile the Rambam's opinion on the immutability of the Torah with the multiple versions that existed before the Masoretes?
     
    45:34 How early of a source do we have for gilgul?
     
    48:30 Why doesn't every shul daven for the welfare of IDF soldiers?
     
    52:17 What happened to the masorah during the reigns of Menashe and Amon?
     
    56:44 Should one rely on their Rav to determine who to vote for?
     
    1:00:13 Why should it be that one can get a retrial when coming to Eretz Yisrael?
     
    1:04:09 Do Sephardim have a spiritually stronger nusach, based on extra amen, vidui, etc.? If so, should we all follow their nusachot?
     
    1:06:56 What is the source for "daas Torah"?
     
    1:12:00 Why don't yeshivos teach Nach?
     
    1:18:48 Is there a good reason to visit Har haBayis, especially that people might forget we have a connection to the Mount?
     
    1:24:00 Can Jews say the name of a goy, if that goy's name is a Shem Hashem?
     
    1:26:34 Is there a mitzvah today to build a Beis Hamikdash? Or must we wait until Moshiach?
     
    1:30:37 Why wear a kippah all day?
     
    1:33:07 Should we take Rashi's supernatural midrashim literally?
     
    1:34:13 Can we use teabags on Shabbos?
     
    1:36:25 There might be an opinion that the learning of only Gemara applies only to talmidei chachamim. Is this true?
     
    1:37:52 How can we blame someone for not believing the fundamental principles, considering the world we live in today?
     
    1:41:12 What is the source for everything being in the Torah?
     
    1:43:39 How does one give maaser with expenses?
     
    1:47:20 Can the extreme phrasing of a true, halachic statement be a chilul Hashem?
     
    1:50:59 Is it universally accepted that the Moshiach comes after 6000 years?
     
    1:53:20 Are recorded shiurim talmud Torah? Should one say amen to a recorded bracha?
     
    1:54:23 Is there a concept of giving a good impression in Judaism?

     
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    Artificial Intelligence (Open AI), Thanksgiving & Pharoah vs Hitler

    Artificial Intelligence (Open AI), Thanksgiving & Pharoah vs Hitler

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    00:00 Why show the brothers the bris mila?
     
    2:50 What is the Torah's perspective on Open AI?
     
    10:45 How did the brothers not know he was an Ivri when all Egypt knew?
     
    12:19 Why is there no archaeological evidence of the Israelite presence in Egypt?
     
    17:48 What are some halachos of trimming the beard?
     
    21:14 Did the Nazis learn from the Egyptians? Who was worse: Pharaoh or Hitler?
     
    24:38 Why should the School in Heaven allow Levi back in, just because Shmuel asked?
     
    28:29 What is the origin of the "Jewish mother" stereotype, and does it have significance?
     
    34:55 Why should it be that the most assimilated Jews celebrate Chanukah? Why are all exiles mentioned in Maoz Tzur?
     
    44:45 How is there machlokes in the Mishnah, since the Sanhedrin still existed at that time?
     
    48:17 Why does God need to mention the Exodus after He revealed Himself at Har Sinai?
     
    52:47 Why did the Sages have to destroy Rabbi Eliezer's vessels in front of him?
     
    54:28 Why are we thanking Hashem for taking us out of Egypt when He's the One Who put us there?
     
    1:00:36 Have our Rabbanim made themselves unreliable to determine who the Moshiach is?
     
    1:05:45 What is a person allowed to do before davening in the morning?
     
    1:07:51 What does it mean that animals sing pesukim?
     
    1:12:29 What signs might the Moshiach provide to prove to us, in the same way that Moshe had signs?
     
    1:13:47 Is King Saul's "ruach ra" a violation of free will?
     
    1:18:56 What are the halachos of yoga?
     
    1:24:01 For a better relationship with a non-Jewish relative, what can one say and do on their holidays?
     
    1:27:04 How does Har haBayis have kedushah of the shechinah if the shechinah left with the people?
     
    1:31:22 Can one celebrate Thanksgiving?
     
    1:33:59 What's the connection of the brothers' crying to the destructions of the Mishkan and the Beis haMikdash?
     
    1:37:06 Why did the ring specifically say "This too shall pass"?
     
    1:37:32 Why are there many Jews who dress like Polish nobility or like American businessmen?
     
    1:39:31 How could one "reject" certain Midrashim?
     
    1:41:35 What level of control does a neighborhood have within its borders, halachically?
     
    1:43:39 Do we have a pronunciation for the Tetragrammaton, and when should it be pronounced?
     
    1:47:31 How can there be chiddushim if Hashem gave the whole Torah to Moshe?
     
    1:49:50 What is the source for holding the thumb during havdalah?
     
    1:50:13 What is Sheol and why does Yaakov say he's going there?

     
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    Q&A + The Story of Chanukah and the Book of the Maccabees

    Q&A + The Story of Chanukah and the Book of the Maccabees

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    56:20 Can the Rav clarify what he meant when he said follow through with what Hashem sends you, even if it's something meaningless?
    1:00:00 What does the Rav think of John Gray's 'how to get what you want out of marriage'?
    1:01:57 If a man forces himself on a woman, he pays the father and marries her if she wants (unless she's married). How is that a moral response?
    1:04:50 Society now treats women more fairly. Is that a positive thing according to the torah?
    1:11:00 Why should or should not someone wear tcheiles?
    1:18:48 Emuna pshuta is a big thing in Breslov. How do we know it's right if we can't ask? Where do you draw the line?
    1:23:26 When it comes to family mesora, if the child thinks it's against the ethos of being Jewish, can they decide it's not right for them?
     
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Q&A- Pshuto Shel Mikra, Hyrdroponics & Werewolves

    Q&A- Pshuto Shel Mikra, Hyrdroponics & Werewolves

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    00:00 When people put on tefillin incorrectly at Chabad stations, are they yotzei?
     
    04:17 To what extent is the criticism against Peshuto shel Mikra valid? How can we trust haskamos?
     
    13:30 If a kippah is just a minhag, why is it considered so valuable in Masechet Kiddushin?
     
    17:07 Should someone wear a kippah when going to a bar, for example?
     
    19:20 How do we reconcile the simple words with Chazal's interpretation of Esav's kiss? Especially since Esav was so irate before?
     
    24:52 Rachel is criticized on honoring her father when she hid Lavan's idols, but Avraham is lauded when he smashed Terach's idols. What is the difference?
     
    27:23 Where do we draw the line between davening for someone and calling that someone a rasha?
     
    33:54 Do laws relying on the land apply to hydroponics? To seaweed in the ocean?
     
    38:55 Why in Hebrew grammar do numbers switch between feminine and masculine?
     
    39:54 What can we learn from Devorah, the nursemaid of Rivka?
     
    45:20 Should we fear Trump's meeting with Kanye, and should we retract our support?
     
    49:15 How did we get away with Haftarah when we were forbidden to read the Torah?
     
    52:34 What is included under 'wisdom among the gentiles'?
     
    57:36 Why is Moreh Nevuchim not encouraged reading nowadays?
     
    1:05:19 Was the Torah meant to have machlokes?
     
    1:12:28 What do we do with Midrashim?
     
    1:17:04 Are stories in the Torah what really happened, or are they metaphors for deep spiritual truths?
     
    1:20:37 And are these creatures-- the werewolf, the phoenix, etc.-- metaphors or literal? Must they be accepted?
     
    1:22:12 How can one follow the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in an abridged Pesukei dZimrah when one davens nusach Sefard?
     
    1:24:37 What is the difference in kedusha of the Torah and that of Neviim?
     
    1:26:01 Is vinegar good for teeth or not?
     
    1:27:22 How did the three-year cycle work with the parshiyos?
     
    1:30:03 How can one answer someone who wants to go to a club or a bar, when they won't accept that it's not how a ben Torah behaves?
     
    1:31:49 How could Og have survived everything despite being such a rasha?
     
    1:34:08 Who split up Tehillim into the 30-day cycle?
     
    1:36:49 If time is infinite, how can Hashem be outside it?


     
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    • 1 hr 38 min

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