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Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz's weekly Question and Answer sessions at Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem.
A Project of Ohr.edu
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    Q&A- Shidduchim, Slavery & Politicians

    Q&A- Shidduchim, Slavery & Politicians

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    00:00 Why can we pronounce or give people names with Hashem’s name in it (such as Raphael, Gavriel, etc.)?
     
    01:17 Why do we say “halleluka”?
     
    02:56 Should we be davening for a shidduch at the right time or as soon as possible?
     
    07:51 Why is there seemingly fewer gedolim than in generations before?
     
    15:42 Are the 13 principles of faith deoraissa and why is there such an emphasis on Techias HaMeisim?
     
    25:20 How do we understand Ashkenazic lighter skin color in accordance with the indigenous features of the Middle East and Avraham’s origins? 
     
    27:23 In regards to a Canaanite slave, how do we reconcile the morality of slavery through a Torah lens? 
     
    36:53 Why can’t a Canaanite slave be a Noahide follower? 
     
    44:47 Are people who don’t know they’re Jewish considered Jewish?
     
    52:58 Is there an overlap of Jewish and Stoic philosophies?
     
    58:04 As a Baal Teshuva, how do we catch up for Maaser we may have missed? 
     
    1:00:09 Do you give Maaser after taxes?
     
    1:01:48 Do you have to pay Maaser on unrealized gains?
     
    1:05:15 How do we understand the proverb one who hates gifts lives long, since Judaism puts such an importance on giving?
     
    1:08:09 Are politicians puppets or do they have free will?
     
    1:11:57 Was there anyone that created their own form of the Talmud aside from Rebbe?
     
    1:14:53 Is it is possible for a kiddush Hashem to come from a non-religious Jew?
     
    1:16:17 How did a Rishon with the name “Akiva” in his name understand how to spell his name?
     
    1:17:25 What are practical ways to anticipate Mashiach (in preparation for the questions at the end of one’s life)?
     
    1:18:50 How can we bring Mashiach in today’s age if we are so much lower spiritually than previous generations?
     
    1:22:42 How do we view the chashuvos of living in Israel?
     
    1:26:04 How do we understand the longing of the Chofetz Chaim to come to Israel but he didn’t?
     
    1:29:35 Could someone become as Kabballistically attuned as the Arizal today?
     
    1:31:28 What lessons did the Rav take from his time in law school?
     

     
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Q&A- Kol Isha, Mixed Kiruv Trips & the Death Penalty

    Q&A- Kol Isha, Mixed Kiruv Trips & the Death Penalty

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    00:00 is it considered Avoda Zara to believe in multiple gods but only serve one?
     
    03:16 Why wasn’t the Torah given at Creation?
     
    09:36 Can I be mekabel maisa rishon giving to a Cohen or can I give it to a Levi?
     
    16:53 Does the rav have any tips for remembering what we’ve learned?
     
    23:40 Is Kol Isha applied to new music styles and recorded music?
     
    38:50 Is it consistent with Jewish Hashkafa to support the death penalty in secular courts?
     
    46:20 How were the Ruvnitzer rabbi and others able to “break the rules” of Torah?
     
    48:08 Is a single person able to work on a kiruv trip with mixed activities, assuming all laws of yichud and shomer negiah being observed?
     
    52:53 Are Muslim prayer techniques based on Jewish bows, etc.?
     
    1:00:44 How do we know how to navigate which Aggadic stories to take literally in the Gemara and Midrash?
     
    1:00:06 Is it permissible to drink coffee, tea, or anything during Pesukei HaZimra?
     
    1:07:27 According to Gemara in Succah, why can we consider STAM land in the hands of non-Jews as stolen? How can I rely on the produce right of non-Jewish land?
     
    1:12:07 How does one train himself that Mashiach could come at any second? 
     
    1:14:21 Does the rav believe there are 36 hidden tzaddikim holding up the world? 
     
    1:16:47 Are there different ways to fulfill the Mitzvah of Shnayim Mikra V’echad Targum?
     
    1:20:57 Why is there such a significance put on wine in Judaism?
     
    1:22:17 What should one’s outlook be on Jewish or Christian archaeologists who try to prove or disprove biblical events?
     
    1:24:56 Why is the word for acts of loving-kindness “GOMEL,” which entails something that is earned or deserved? 
     
    1:26:21 What are the prerequisites to being a Kabbalist?
     
    1:28:37 What should someone consider when choosing a posek?
     
    1:30:30 Can someone have relations with one’s wife while she is pregnant?
     
    1:32:00 Does the chiyuv to read Targum Onkelos make it the primary or superior translation/interpretation? 
     
    1:33:48 Is a tallit katan less yotzi than one of cotton or the like?
     
    1:36:14 Why are some fruits not bound by the laws of Shmitta? 
     
    1:39:00 How can one wholeheartedly daven for mashiach to come if there will be no more chance for Teshuva?
     
    1:41:00 As a parent / teacher, what could the rav advise to help prevent kids going off the Derech? 
     
    1:44:29 How do we reconcile exhuming bodies for archaeology of holy gravesites?
     
    1:47:30 Which did Rashi work on first, Talmud or Chumash, and why does Rashi sometimes switch from Aramaic and Hebrew in his commentaries?
     
    1:49:19 Were most of the gedolim nonconformists and what does that say for a system that relies on conformity?
     
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Tu'B'Shevat Halachos

    Tu'B'Shevat Halachos

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    • 45 min
    Q&A- Shovavim, Missionaries & the Omicron Variant

    Q&A- Shovavim, Missionaries & the Omicron Variant

    00:00 Where were the bodies from the graves in the cave of Rebbe Yehuda HaNassi taken?
     
    01:36 Why is V’shamru considered an inturruption in some minhagim?
     
    06:09 Why can a blood avenger kill someone with no penalty?
     
    12:18 What are the levels of Tumah?
     
    17:38 What are insights of Shovevim? 
     
    26:21 What did Levites who didn’t live near the Temple do? 
     
    29:20 Can you break Shabbos to save the life of a non-frum person?  
     
    33:34 Can you invite your non-religious Jewish friend to a Shabbat meal if you know he is going to drive?
     
    41:42 How does one be empathetic to others’ problems without having the problems harm themselves?
     
    46:36 When Chazal say “you must say…” how literally should we take this?
     
    49:04 Why do people still hold to night D’Rabbeinu Tam?
     
    58:54 Is bein Hashmashot an inherent safek? 
     
    1:05:07 How should we be reacting to the Omicron variant of Covid?
     
    1:08:26 War, plague, famine were things that affected the world and made people cleave to Hashem. We don’t have those same exact issues today, so how do people cleave to Hashem now? 
     
    1:12:34 What advice would you give to people when it comes to making decisions in life?
     
    1:19:04 Why is the Torah strict on things that don’t seem so bad (such as homosexuality) and then doesn’t address things that seem much worse (such as rape)? 
     
    1:25:46 How should we act toward gay people and gay Jews in particular?
     
    1:31:23 What is the significance of wanting Rabbeinu Tam tefillin when you get married? 
     
    1:34:32 What is the halachic source of working on one’s middos and is it doraisa or drabanan? 
     
    1:39:50 Is it ok to bring a Christian missionary into a (non-orthodox) synagogue to speak? 
     
    1:41:56 How has the litvisha world change after WWII? 
     
    1:46:24 What is the element of Judaism that is passed down through matrilineal descent?
     
    1:47:36 What is the bread of shame? Would taking money to learn Torah count under this?
     
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    The Tragic Chaim Walder Episode

    The Tragic Chaim Walder Episode

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    • 10 min
    8 - Zionism V - Hashkafic History Series II

    8 - Zionism V - Hashkafic History Series II

    Hashkafic History Series II
    Ohr Lagolah Rabbinic Program  5776-8-Rav Kook Bio II
    Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem,  "Hashkafic History".
    (Originally Rec 2015-16)
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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Thank you!

It’s a zechus to listen to this Tzadik who is a tremendous Talmid Chacham

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Great and informative Podcast

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