Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(37 minutes) TEFILLAH (2)

TEFILLAH (2) (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"In this, the second of a four-part series, we examine the record of Tefillot (prayers) as recorded in the early days of our history - until the Monarchy. Tefillah was always responsive and not proactive; it was always conducted by individuals, usually leaders, and almost always on behalf of others. Other interesting nuances and patterns emerge throughout the shiur."

(4 minutes) Personal Requests in Tefilla on Rosh Hashana

Five Minute Halacha - Personal Requests in Tefilla on Rosh Hashana (yutorah.org: Rabbi Siev)

(3 minutes) SFATAI 03

SFATAI 03 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

"In this installment, we examine the Shir Shel Yom of Thursday, Psalm 81, and the common way the last verse is parsed - and why that expresses praise for a rock that was never created!"

Saturday, September 24, 2016

(17 minutes) Being a Guest at Somebody's House

Ten Minute Halacha - Being a Guest at Somebody's House (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(35 minutes) Iyov (Job) Chapter 20b: Tzofar's Second Speech

Iyov (Job) Chapter 20b: Tzofar's Second Speech (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Job 20:24-29 - The end of Tzofar's second speech, condemning Job to punishment at the hands of Heaven and Earth, which Job had claimed as his allies"

(3 minutes) S'FATAI TIFTAH 02

S'FATAI TIFTAH 02 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

"In this installment, we look at the last line of Psalm 93 - the Shir Shel Yom of Erev Shabbat. The proper parsing of the phrase reflects an appreciation that holiness is appropriate for Hashem's house for many years; the way it is commonly read, however, may be more than just errant, it may border on..."

(58 minutes) The Quantum Enigma

The Quantum Enigma (yutorah.org: Rabbi Trump)

(14 minutes) When To Keep Shabbos in Hawaii

Ten Minute Halacha - When To Keep Shabbos in Hawaii (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(40 minutes) Amalek: Whose War?

Amalek: Whose War? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The Mitzvah which concludes our Parashah, Remembering the enmity of Amalek, concludes with a directive תמחה את זכר עמלק. Does this mean that we are to wipe out the nation of Amalek or their memory (once they're gone)? A study of the various appearances of Amalek in Tanakh and how Am Yisrael responded to it is presented. A suggestion of how this command might be understood is proposed, within the context of P'shuto Shel Mikra."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

(56 minutes) Shoftim 4:21-24: Yael kills Sisera

Shoftim 4:21-24: Yael kills Sisera (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Recap of Shoftim 4, before proceeding to discuss how and why Yael killed Sisera."

Monday, September 19, 2016

(57 minutes) Iyov (Job): Chapter 20: Tzofar's Second Speech

Iyov (Job): Chapter 20: Tzofar's Second Speech (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Tzofar's second (and last) speech, a personal attack on Iyov, alleging that he is suffering because of his guilt. An interesting metaphor comparing wickedness with food."

(42 minutes) TEFILLAH (1)

TEFILLAH (1) (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"In this first installment of a four-part series, we examine the sources in the Torah that may suggest a Toraic obligation to pray, along with the seminal comments of Midrash Halakhah that have been invoked to support that position. Finally, we look at the Rambam's presentation of Mitzvat Tefillah in Sefer haMitzvot and Ramban's critique and his alternate formulation of the obligation."

(15 minutes) Listening to Shiurim While Swimming

Ten Minute Halacha - Listening to Shiurim While Swimming (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(3 minutes) S'FATAI TIFTACH 01

S'FATAI TIFTACH 01 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

"First in a series, שפתי תפתח, of 3-minute weekly podcasts devoted to the language of Tefillah - and common mistakes in pronunciation and syntax which lead to ofttimes humorous and sometimes problematic expressions."

Saturday, September 3, 2016

(36 minutes) BANIM ATEM: Why Here, Why Now?

BANIM ATEM: Why Here, Why Now? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The turning point in Parashat Re'eh is at the beginning of Chapter 14. Having completed the presentation of Mitzvot related to idolatry and the special place where "Hashem will choose to cause His Name to reside", Mosheh's speech turns to issues of ritual sanctity, including a prohibition against cutting oneself as a funerary act. This prohibition is introduced with a declaration that "You are children of Hashem, your God". The connection between this powerful statement and the prohibitions which ensure is explored. Five different approaches suggested by the Rishonim are presented, followed by a sixth..."

(39 minutes) Shemoneh Esreh Revisited - Birkat Ha-Minim in Jewish and Christian Sources

Shemoneh Esreh Revisited - Birkat Ha-Minim in Jewish and Christian Sources (yutorah.org: Rabb Ari Lamm)

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"FALL 2015 SEMESTER: Shiur 4. We examine the history of the bracha in Shemoneh Esreh directed against "minim." What can we know about the original (and developing) purpose of this bracha?"