Sunday, July 23, 2017

(50 minutes) Introduction to Eichah 1: When the Messenger is the Message

Introduction to Eichah 1: When the Messenger is the Message (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"The point of Megilat Eichah may be Yirmiyahu's response to suffering, as a message for us in dealing with suffering."

(9 minutes) Is there a connection between Iyov and Tisha b'Av?

Is there a connection between Iyov and Tisha b'Av? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Audio recording, from a video series prepared in advance of Tisha b'Av. Why is Iyov appropriate for study on Tisha b'Av? To sign up to receive links to the videos each day, go to http://www.torontotorah.com/nine."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(58 minutes) The Kashrut of "Clean Meat"

The Kashrut of "Clean Meat" (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"What are the issues to be weighed regarding the kashrut of "clean meat", meat grown from meat cells in a culture? Structured around three central views of the definition of "meat"."

(17 minutes) Covers for Tefillin Shel Yad and Kisuyad

Ten Minute Halacha - Covers for Tefillin Shel Yad and Kisuyad (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(29 minutes) In Their Own Words: Hazal on Hazal (5)

In Their Own Words: Hazal on Hazal (5) (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Agadot Hazal - those sections of Rabbinic literature that are non-normative, neither legally prescriptive nor proscriptive, are a treasure-trove of perspectives and attitudes towards an unlimited range of topics. In this series, we will look at Agadot Hazal - both in Bavli and in Midrashic collections - that speak of the enterprise of Torah sheBa'al Peh and the transmission and development of Halakhah. To wit - an Aggadic window into the world of the Beit Midrash. In this fifth installment, we explore further the disputes between Beit Hillel and Beit Shamai and to what extent they found harmonious coexistence or a means of coming to a consensus"

Monday, July 17, 2017

(1 hour) Medical Halachah: The Total Artificial Heart: Implantation and Removal

Medical Halachah: The Total Artificial Heart: Implantation and Removal (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"A non-comprehensive shiur, primarily addressing two questions: (1) Within the view that a person with a beating heart is alive, is halting the natural heart an act of murder? (2) May one halt a functioning Total Artificial Heart in a person who no longer has detectable neural function?"

(1 hour) Iyov (Job): 33:1-24 - Gd does speak to Man, and will take him back

Iyov (Job): 33:1-24 - Gd does speak to Man, and will take him back (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Elihu speaks substantively, declaring that Iyov is wrong; Gd does speak to people. There is prophecy in dreams, and there are warnings via disease and physical pain. People do not necessarily listen, though, as seen re: Menasheh and Nevuchadnezzar. If one is righteous, a malach will argue on his behalf, and he will be redeemed."

(19 minute) Shoftim 13:21-25: The End, and the Beginning

Shoftim 13:21-25: The End, and the Beginning (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Manoach realizes this is a malach; Shimshon's career begins. Summary of the themes of Perek 13."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

(44 minutes) In Their Own Words: Hazal on Hazal (4)

In Their Own Words: Hazal on Hazal (4) (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Agadot Hazal - those sections of Rabbinic literature that are non-normative, neither legally prescriptive nor proscriptive, are a treasure-trove of perspectives and attitudes towards an unlimited range of topics. In this series, we will look at Agadot Hazal - both in Bavli and in Midrashic collections - that speak of the enterprise of Torah sheBa'al Peh and the transmission and development of Halakhah. To wit - an Aggadic window into the world of the Beit Midrash. In this fourth installment, we begin an inquiry into the schools of Shamai and Hillel and how the later generations viewed their disputes"

(4 minutes) Standing for Kaddish

Five Minute Halacha - Standing for Kaddish (yutorah.org: Rabbi Siev)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

(58 minutes) Iyov (Job): Chapter 32 - Enter Elihu

Iyov (Job): Chapter 32 - Enter Elihu (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Introduction to the enigmatic figure of Elihu - What does he represent, and why is he here? And his introductory chapter, in which he criticizes Iyov and the other three visitors."

(15 minutes) Long Tachnun on Monday and Thursday

Ten Minute Halacha - Long Tachnun on Monday and Thursday (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

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(57 minutes) Iyov (Job): Chapter 31: Did Satan win the bet?

Iyov (Job): Chapter 31: Did Satan win the bet? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Now that Iyov has finished his speeches, we ask: Did Satan win the bet? (Which requires that we ask: What was the bet in the first place?)"

Thursday, July 6, 2017

(5 minutes) Savri and Lechayim before Borei Peri HaGafen

Five Minute Halacha - Savri and Lechayim before Borei Peri HaGafen (yutorah.org: Rabbi Siev)

(1 hour) Shoftim 13:9-20: Second Visit

Shoftim 13:9-20: Second Visit (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"The malach's return emphasizes the righteousness of Hatzlelponi, Shimshon's mother - but for what purpose? And why do we spend so much time on Manoach's failed offer to the malach?"

(39 minutes) In Their Own Words: Hazal on Hazal (3)

In Their Own Words: Hazal on Hazal (3) (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Agadot Hazal - those sections of Rabbinic literature that are non-normative, neither legally prescriptive nor proscriptive, are a treasure-trove of perspectives and attitudes towards an unlimited range of topics. In this series, we will look at Agadot Hazal - both in Bavli and in Midrashic collections - that speak of the enterprise of Torah sheBa'al Peh and the transmission and development of Halakhah. To wit - an Aggadic window into the world of the Beit Midrash. In this third installment, we propose a "back-read" to the D'rashot of R. Elazar b. Azariah as reported by R. Yehoshua's students when they came to greet him in Peki'in (BT Hagigah 3)"