Rav Chaim Solovetichik was one of the greatest Talmudic commentators of all time. His works are studied in-depth in all yeshivot today and he is widely considered the father of modern Talmudic analysis. The only work he wrote was his chiddushim (insights) on the Rambam's halachic rulings, which is considered a classic of Talmudic analysis. But the complexity of the material and the analysis make it difficult for many to study. We are making available audio presentations of his writings by Rabbi Elisha Friedman of Harrisburg, PA, to help make his Torah insights more accessible.
Reb Chaim contrasts between bikkurim (first fruits) which are given to groups of kohanim (priests) as opposed to Bechor (first-born animal) which is given to one kohen
Reb Chaim distinguishes conceptually between a husband affirming vs. annulling his wife’s vow
Reb Chaim analyzes the principle that there’s no punishment for false vows concerning disputes over land and shows that it only applies to a lien on possessions, but a lien on the person themselves transcends that principle.
Reb Chaim analyzes the conceptual differences between the prohibitions to eat chelev (animal fats) and slaughtering a mother and son on the same day, as well as the mitzvas of covering slaughtered blood and gifts to the kohein
Supplement (Maachalot Assurut) - Slaughtering a treifah (injured) animal
Reb Chaim (quoted by his son) explains why shechita doesn’t make a treifah kosher (with a tangent discussion of honoring parents)
Maachalot Assurut - Prohibiting forbidden taste
Reb Chaim argues that forbidden taste is only applicable to eating prohibitions, not an inherent prohibition in itself
Lomdus on a Podcast!
Great pieces from HaGaon HaRav Chaim Soloveitchik, explained very clear by Rabbi Friedman. Kol Hakavod!