Berakhot
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #01: Birkot Ha-nehenin: Halakhic and Philosophical Underpinnings Our Mishna begins by delineating the various types of birkot ha-nehenin (berakhot recited over certain forms of physical enjoyment). Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #02: Reciting Berakhot Over Medicine The Gemara (35b) cites the halakha posited by Shemuel and Rabbi Yochanan that one recites the berakha of borei peri ha-etz over olive oil, but it then struggles to find a case where drinking olive oil would require a berakha. Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #02: Reciting Berakhot Over Medicine The Gemara (35b) cites the halakha posited by Shemuel and Rabbi Yochanan that one recites the berakha of borei peri ha-etz over olive oil, but it then struggles to find a case where drinking olive oil would require a berakha. Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #03: Masekhet Berakhot 36a Kora and the Definition of "Peri" The Aramaic word kora refers to the edible "soft part of the palm" (Rashi, s.v. kora). Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #04: Shomer Le-peri The Gemara (36a) cites the ruling stated by Rav Yehuda in the name of Rav concerning the status of the tzelaf plant (caper-bush) with respect to the prohibition of orla. Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #06: Ha-koses et Ha-chita: The Berakha on Unprocessed Wheat It emerges from this berayta that the berakha of borei minei mezonot is recited only over grain products that have been made into food through the process of grinding/slicing and cooking/baking. Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #08: Tzurat Peri: The Significance of a Fruit's Form With Regard to Berakhot "What does one recite over fruits? Over fruits of the tree one recites borei peri ha-etz… Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #09: "Berya" The Talmud Yerushalmi states (Berakhot 6:1): "Rabbi Yochanan took an olive and recited a berakha before [eating] it and after [eating] it ... Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #10: Perusa shel Beracha The Gemara in Berakhot 39b states: "It has been stated: If pieces and whole loaves are set before one, Rav Huna says: The blessing can be said over the pieces, and this serves also for the whole loaves. Masekhtot - Iyun
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #05: Berakhot 36b Chameshet Minei Dagan – The Five Species of Grain The Gemara (36b) cites two halakhot in the name of Rav and Shemuel. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav Yair Kahn Shiur #07: The Halakhic Definition of "Bread" We will devote this shiur to the issue of the precise halakhic definition of lechem – bread – for purposes of the berakha of ha-motzi. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)