Q&A-Electronic Transmission, Intellectual Property & Dybukim

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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0:00 – Yimos HaMoshiach, Beis Hamikdash, Tchias Hameisim, Olam Haba, Gan Eden

4:45 – Hiddur Mitzvah, is there objective beauty?

17:00 – A Question on Hiddur Mitzvah for Channukah

21:12 – Would a minyan where everyone needs to say tashlumin have a chazaras hashats for the tashlumin?

23:16 – According to Rav Chaim how do you make a bracha on a safek kosher etrog?

25:19 – Hearing Brachos or Torah reading over the phone

28:35 – Does the sound of the shofar affect the Halacha

30:01 – Do we make Brachos on the mitzvah or on the object

31:04 – Is it permitted for multiple people to make a bracha on one lechem mishnah

34:44 – Is digital theft prohibited?

39:47 – Drinking the wine or grape juice on which kiddush was made?

42:02 – The Sanhedrin being infallible, lo baShamayim he, how could the Sanhedrin make a mistake?

47:22 – Are grasshoppers kosher?

57:10 – How do aveiros affect mitzvos?

01:03:45 – When should tefillin be removed on Rosh Chodesh?

01:06:33 – Menatzpach

01:08:36 – Thoughts on Rav Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag

01:12:17 – Can souls attach themselves to existing human beings?

01:14:04 – controlling charata on aveiros

01:18:42 – Taking on an optional fast

01:21:45 – The machloket of the authorship of the Zohar

01:27:20 – Does Torah support or deny that we are in a base reality?

01:32:29 – What to do if you are in the middle of tachanun and they begin Kaddish

01:33:36 – Praying to Hashem to understand the Torah of a Rishon or Acharon

01:35:27 – Thoughts on the shidduch crisis

01:39:00 – The Ramban on Kilayim, how much can we tamper with Hashem’s briah?

01:44:40 – How could the Torah say bad things about Jews? Is this not Loshon Hara?

MISHPATIM 5780

(Produced by: CedarStudios Podcasting 2020)

Q&A-Modern Science, Reward & Boycotting Germany

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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00:31 – What are the Galgalim?

9:52 – How will we do mitzvos when Moshiach comes? How will Halacha change?

14:06 – Why does the Torah call Yitro before he converted?

15:57 – Why do people take three steps back in the middle of kadish before the amida of mincha and maariv?

19:40 – How do we reconcile that Chazal have made observations of the world which seem to be wrong according to modern science?

32:33 – Did Yitro come before or after Matan Torah?

35:00 – The Mesorah, the destroyed parts of Torah

41:30 – Who redacted the Gemara?

48:52 – Why did Reish Lakish become weakened right when he agreed to learn Torah?

52:20 – A question on the Parsha

54:45 – Why the issur of chicken and dairy but no issur on pareve ice cream and meat?

01:00:06 – Why do we do the order of aliyos as Kohen Levi Yisroel?

01:02:02 – Question on the Parsha

01:07:14 – What will be of the yetzer hara when Moshiach comes? Will we wear kippahs? What Nusach will we daven?

01:09:45 – The differences in nusachs of the Torah

01:13:33 – What is the purpose of Moshiach if we won’t have a yetzer hara?

01:19:23 – How do we live in Emes? Nefesh Hachaim on how Man was created

01:22:30 – Is it possible for someone to get reward for someone else’s deed? Learning for the zchus of a niftar, etc.

01:29:15 – Praying to Hashem for Yiras Shomayim

01:32:27 – Why not just learn Shas once?

01:36:44 – Putting time into Chumash vs Gemara

01:38:26 – Boycotting Germany?

Yisro 5780

(Produced by: CedarStudios Podcasting 2020)

Q&A-Beauty, Idolatry & Islam

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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0:00 – Lending a car to someone, and they get a fine

2:04 – Question on Parshas Bo

4:24 – The Jewish view of beauty, Pirkei Avos on beauty

8:21 – Why are there other religions/idolatry?

13:38 – How do we decide when to follow minhagei HaGra?

18:43 – The Cherem of the Morei Nevuchim

24:29 – Midrash on the splitting of the sea

28:21 – Can you postpone a bris if it might cause guests to be mechalel Shabbos?

30:30 – To what extent do we take Agaddeta literally or not at all?

39:39 – Question on Parshas Bo

41:10 – Teaching Torah to a non-Jew

48:39 – Why do some parts of the Gemara make it seem like the Amoraim had poor middos?

54:37 – The two different quail stories

56:54 – Do the restrictions on a king for wealth apply to people?

01:02:30 – Did the sea split after Nachshon or after Moshe spread out his hands?

01:04:34 – The concept of a Ben Pakuah

01:07:40 – Does the water for Pesach Matzos have to be left overnight?

01:09:39 – Where does Islam and its ideas come from? What will happen to the Ishmaelites in the era of Moshiach?

01:12:17 – How could there be a place called Dan in Avraham’s time when there was not yet a shevet or person called Dan?

(Produced by: CedarStudios Podcasting 2020)

Q&A-Matchmaking, Homosexuality and Sotah

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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0:00 – Making a shidduch for non-religious friends, making a shidduch for Goyim

3:48 – Cherem of the Baal Hatanya and early Chassidus, Rebbi Nachman

14:08 – Question on Hilchos Kiddushin: Asking a woman to marry and handing her a ring

18:31 – Is there a yezter hara for homosexuality?

25:11 – Relationship between Man and Wife, the effect of a woman on her husband

29:58 – How could it be that Rabbi Yosef Caro learned with a Malach?

36:06 How does Lo BaShamayim He make sense

43:48 – What’s special about Shabbos if you spend the whole day learning

46:36 – Tainted money and korbanos

50:25 – Jew reading the christian bible or apikorsus

59:56 – Is the copper snake a graven image?

01:02:16 – Is there a commentary on the relationship between Acher and R’ Meir

01:03:30 – Learning on Shabbos or sleeping on Shabbos

01:04:50 – A Question on Sotah

01:06:37 – How can an eclipse be a bad omen if the eclipses run on a cycle

01:13:13 – The Kuzari on the copper snake

01:13:37 – The Ramban on plowing with an oxe and a donkey together

01:14:25 – A question on Maseches Brachos and dreams

 

Q&A- Role of Evil, Negiah and Artificial Intelligence

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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0:00 Rabbi Eliezer ben Horkinus

4:13 How do we know which hand to put tefillin on

5:22 Chassidim on Zos Chanukah

8:44 Growing when Moshiach comes, being without a yetzer hara

11:37 A question on the parsha

15:07 What’s a Halacha LeMoshe MiSinai

19:15 Shomer Negiah when working with people with Autism

23:50 Kasha on Halacha LeMoshe MiSinai

25:02 Referring to our parents by the first name, kasha on Yaakov referring to his parents by name

28:17 Why Yaakov has multiple names

31:51 Who wrote the Torah

40:20 Significance of Aleinu

43:45 Hierarchy of Brachos

46:40 How are the Parshas divided

51:51 Changing Aliyahs (Kohen/Levi)

52:41 Middos of parents of a shidduch

53:42 Talmud Yerushalmi on the east and the west

57:39 Ancient Hebrew alphabet

59:05 Question on Yirmiyahu becoming a Navi

01:02:39 Yeridas Hadoros, Moshe Rabeinu compared to Moshiach

01:04:38 Saving a non-Jew on Shabbos

01:09:44 Why was there no warning on some of the plagues?

01:14:55 Masoretic Text

01:20:52 Dead Sea Scrolls

01:23:29 Sabbatical Cycle of Creation

01:30:14 What was the purpose of the Egyptians building pyramids

01:31:54 Would a computerized brain be mutar

01:45:10 Moshe Rabeinu almost killed

(Produced: CedarStudios Podcasting 2020)

Q&A-Bio,Minimalism & Secular Culture- (SPECIAL EDITION)

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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-Rabbi Breitowitz Autobiography
-Evolution Perspectives
-Science
-Filling our life’s mission
-Abortion
-Judaism approach to minimalist lifestyle
-Teachers and Family
-Why get challenges to keep Judaism
-Marrying Baalei Teshuva
-Baal Teshuva communities Pros and Cons
-Engaging in secular culture
-Rav Wolbe, Jean Piaget, Lord Saks
-Which deceased Jewish personality would you want to meet most?
-Rav Chaim Ozer
-Torah elevating people
-Gemara
-Closing blessings

(ALT 12-19)

(Produced: CedarStudios Podcasting 2020)

Q&A-Controversy,Space Travel & Vaccinations

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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0:02 – Secular schooling, reading academic journals
6:01 – Controversial ideas in Masechet Kedushin and in Gemara in general
12:05 – Ibn Ezra controversy, additions made to the Torah, who wrote the last few pesukim
16:35 – Discrepancies of the different versions of the Torah
23:17 – Why Rashi and Tosfos are more mainstream
30:57 – Rambam vs Nefesh Hachaim on Hashgacha Protis and Hashem’s involvement with the world
35:47 – Proper approach to yearning for Moshiach
41:03 – The purpose of the Cosmos, Stars, and Galaxies, space travel, life on other planets
49:49 – Copying and distributing from sefarim
53:30 – Vaccinations, Vaccinating
01:03:54 – Gam Zu Letova, Nachum Ish Gamzu, Rabbi Akiva
01:05:08 – Why was Shmuel upset that Klal Yisroel asked for a king, the origin of Artscroll
01:09:34 – When Halacha contradicts personal logic and reason
01:16:40 – Staying up to date with Politics
01:18:49 – A question on a Rambam that G-d does not have a body
01:22:40 – Are having Gedolei Yisroel a concession for not having a Sanhedrin
01:25:06 – Goyim as witnesses
01:27:32 – Understanding Abaye and Rava, their relationship, Rav Yochanan and Reish Lakish
01:36:52 – Women as witnesses
01:37:53 – Solving Sinat Chinam
01:46:46 – Understanding the Tower of Bavel

(Center-Q&A-5780-Parshas Vayechi)

(Produced: CedarTree Podcasting 1-8-2020)

Q&A-Corporations, Cryogenics & Crossbreeding in Halacha

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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00:01 – Corporations in Halacha

10:47 – Ribbis with credit cards, Heter Iska

14:53 – Sheluach Haken

18:40 – A Kasha On The Gemara In Kedushin

21:12 – How Do We View The Role of Women

28:28 – The Halachic Issues of Crossbreeding Humans and Animals

31:56 – Megillas Channukah/ Megillas Antiochus

34:42 – Halacha on Cryogenic Freezing

39:44 – Jewish State With Absence of Sanhedrin

49:20 Is There A Source For The 10 Sefiros

52:16 The War With Rome and The Time of The Famine, Chronology of Events

01:02:13 Rav Kook on the secular government

01:02:54 Tumah of Dead Animals

01:05:14 Halacha on War, Laws of Rodef, Terrorism

01:10:00 Restitution for Stealing Bzman Hazeh

1:12:25 Avodas for Channukah, Kavanahs for Channukah

(Center-Q&A-5780-Parshas Vayeishev)

Q&A-Sheidim, Birthdays & Mashiach

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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  • SheIdim and mazikim (demons and damaging creatures); mention dibuk (troubled soul in limbo)
  • Parshas Vayera – Avraham asked Hashem that people should get old with visible signs of age, but Sarah became old with clear, fresh skin
  • Gezel sheina; opening and closing window in winter or summer
  • Saying tachanun during hazaras hashatz
  • Celebrating Hebrew and Gregorian birthdays
  • Heter kiruv” (mention of inviting secular for shabbos)
  • Birth control for financial strain
  • Piru u’rvu (be fruitful and multiply)-why was it given to Adam and Noach and not bnei Noach (non-Jews)
  • Yishuv Eretz Yisrael
  • Bircas kohanim (blessing the kohanim) being discontinued/not practiced in chutz laaretz but only in E”Y and by Sephardim
  • Kohanei chazaka: believing a kohen/cohen that he is a cohen and halachos nowadays that apply to him (e.g. Torah reading, marriage, duchan)
  • Frequency of going to the Kotel/Kosel-Western Wall
  • Eliyahu haNavi answering teku and what happens when mashiach comes regarding machloksim, kashiyos, minhagim etc.

(11/13/2012)

Q&A-Rebuke, Tribes & Gilgul (Reincarnation)

Rabbi Dr Yitzchak Breitowitz, of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem, discussing the most common questions about Judaism.

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0:00 – Telling non-Jews to keep the 7 Noahide Laws

2:52 – Lo sechonen, role of goyim, potential of goyim and potential of Jews, Rabbi Akiva Pirkei Avos

14:23 – Nefesh Hachaim vs Rabbi Akiva in Pirkei Avos

16:54 – Yaakov Avinu kissing Rachel by the well

20:40 – The Chinese social credit system from a halachic perspective

29:48 – Why do Sefardim and Ashkenazim daven differently

35:17 The tribes when Moshiach comes

38:22 The opposition between the litvish world and the chassidish world

50:17 Vayikatz Yaakov, Yaakov Avinu’s sleep

53:02 – Mayim achronim

57:09 – Gilgulim and Techias Hameisim

01:03:30 – Reuven bringing Roses to Leah

01:05:27 – The Torah and Olam Habah, reward in this world, reward in Olam Habah

01:15:13 – Why do we die and come back instead of living until we complete our neshama’s goal?

01:18:16 – Mitzvahs in Eretz Yisroel vs outside of Israel

01:24:01 – Not learning Tanach at night

01:26:00 – How come Bilaah and Zilpah aren’t mentioned as Imahos?

01:27:14 – Why are the Imahos barren?

01:13:16 – Question on the parsha

01:32:44 – The pachad of Yaakov

01:34:20 – Yaakov’s journey

(Center-Q&A-5780-Parshas Vayeitzei)