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)

Q&A- Souls, Murder & Charity

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

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0:01 – Elokai Neshama, what is the true person

2:59 – Doing an aveira chayav misa, Rambams 4 categories of sins, teshuva

6:30 – Why does Avraham daven for Sodom to be saved but not for Yitzchak to be saved from the akeida

9:13 – The admission of a party is as good as one hundred witnesses, hodaas Baal din

11:48 – Why there is no word for million in lashon kodesh, why zachor and nekeiva is different in numbers, masculine and feminine

 16:36 – How Jews should be a light onto the nations, why non-Jews aren’t obligated to have children

20:43 – saying kiddish in front of married relatives with uncovered hair, saying a bracha in front of an untznius woman

25:51 – Is it lifnei iver to sell cigarettes

28:08 – Inviting non-observant Jews for Shabbos

33:54 – How did Eliezer know Rivka was the right match for Yitzchak

36:52 – How does Hashem get pleasure from Korbanos, reyach nichoach

38:47 – Is learning kabalah part of the requirement to learn Torah, Vilna Gaon on Kabbalah, chassidus

42:57 – What is the Torah

44:12 – Is Klal Yisroel responsible for the tragedies caused by Karl Marx’s

49:11 – Kol Isha and recorded music

51:45 – The curse to Adam of “the sweat of your brow”

54:29 – The shalshelet, why Eliezer hesitated, Eliezers name not being mentioned, Eliezer’s name not being mentioned

01:00:15 – What am I allowed to do if someone owes me money and won’t pay

01:03:35 – Why is there so much repetition in the parsha, the Ran on the mida of kindness

01:12:44 – printing money, inflation, assuming the risks of a system

01:15:11 – why did Hashem allow so many types of Jews, Ahavas Yisroel

01:16:59 – The color for tzitzis

01:20:40 – Yeshiva bochur giving tzedaka

01:21:56 – Do not kill, do not murder, the conquest of Eretz Yisroel

01:26:27 – Davening in a public place without a mechitza

01:28:58 – On the Parsha

01:31:30 – Why is the amida silent

(Center-Q&A-5780-Parshas Chayei Sarah)

Q&A-Mashiach, Moreh Nevuchim & Angels

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

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0:00 Yetzer Hara, aveiros, teshuva in the days of Mashiach

1:53 Rambam on Korbanos, Morei Nevuchim, Avodah Zara, pork is bad for your health

9:44 Chelek Olam Habah, Yimos HaMoshiach, reward vs effort, why we yearn for Moshiach

21:03 What will happen to the Malach Hamaves when Mashiach comes, Rambams 13 principles of faith, Techiyat Hameisim

30:34 Wearing a watch on Shabbos, eruv

35:10  Malachim who disturbed Avraham Avinu after the bris

37:43 Tzoar, the destruction of Sodom, the five cities, Eretz Yisroel when there is sin, Lot

42:00 10 commandments, the first commandment, Anochi Hashem, why Morei Nevuchim is usually not in the beis medrash, Chovos Halevavos

50:32 Why are the commandments anochi Hashem and lo yihiye lecha divided

54:24 Rambam’s 13 principles of faith, Kefira,  tinok shenishba, Rav Albo’s 3 principles, Apikorus

01:05:51 Relying on Torah in a dangerous place

01:08:08 Halacha on what a Jew has to believe

01:09:14 Why the minhag Ashkenazi is to stand during kaddish, learning during kaddish, kedusha

01:14:10 Dead sea scrolls, book of Chanoch

01:17:57 Yemenite Torah, 13 Sifrei Torah from Moshe Rabeinu, 13 Nusachs for tefillah

01:22:42 The book of maccabbis, guerilla warfare, book of jubilees

01:26:07 Rambam, Ramchal, Angels, Dreams

01:28:06 When did Bnei Yisroel start wearing tefillin

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

 

Q&A-Beards,Multiverse Theory & Guns

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

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(0:17)- Writing a Sefer Torah for a reform congregation

(2:57)- Origin of not wearing a tallis before marriage

(5:23)- Why we don’t have a minhag/mitzvah to keep track of our geneology/ancestry back to har sinai

(10:56)- Why did Noach send a dove to find dry land if he was waiting for Hashem’s command to leave the ark?

(14:01) – Jewish response to christians who say that the Jews haven’t experienced Yoshka or are missing something from the Torah

(18:10) – Kuzari and Divine Revelation

(20:42)- Avos doing mitzvos

(28:15)- Growing a beard, trimming a beard, shaving a beard

(34:07)- The multiverse theory/ parallel universes 

(40:01)- Did every Tanna and Amora have the koach to revive the dead?

(42:05)- Sefer Yetzira, The Gollum

(45:14)- Can a Gollum count for a minyan

(48:05)- Images of G-d, visualizations of Hashem

(50:19)- A tammeh/impure kohen

(52:52)- Source of Tikkunim

(55:50)- Why is there a big deal made about Avraham having a baby at an old age if Noach gave birth at an old age too.

(55:50)- Why is there an emphasis made about Avraham having a baby at an old age if Noach gave birth at an old age too. The Mabul. The changing of tevah/nature

(59:34)- The reason sefardim and ashkenazim have different davening, and why chasidim have different davening

(01:04:45)-  Who can a safek mamzer marry, why can a geirus marry a safek mamzer

(01:06:21)-  The kedusha of a mantle that is used to wrap a sefer Torah

(01:08:25)-  Seudas mitzvah

(01:11:16)- Halachos of policing in a goyishe government, violating shabbos, carrying a gun

(01:14:52)-  Deriving pleasure from the physical world, gashmius, the Jewish approach to appreciating the beauty of the world, making time for enjoying the world

(01:21:35) –  When to be machmir and when to be makpid, chumra, heter

 (Center-Q&A-5780-Parshas Lech Lecha)

Q&A- Nisyonos, Objective Morality & Kosher

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

  • Tzitzis
  • Never receiving tests we can’t pass
  • Halachic parameters of Tallis 
  • Kiddush in Shul
  • Schar for aveiros
  • Tefillin campaigns
  • Objective morality
  • Naaseh Venishma
  • Learning bekius
  • The mabul and kangaroos
  • Saving seats
  • Saving people from wearing shatnez
  • Indian Shaitels
  • Rav Aryeh Kaplan Bio
  • Criteria for learning Kabbalah
  • Kosher 🧀

(Noach 5780)