The Laws of Berakhot
Teacher Title תקציר Course
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #78: Birkat Ha-Ilanot Birkat Ha-Ilanot is said in the month of Nisan, upon seeing “ilanei de-ka melavlevei,” trees that are blossoming. In this shiur, we will discuss the nature of this blessing, whether it is inherently related to Nisan, and its numerous halakhot. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #79: The Shehechiyanu and Ha-Tov Ve-Hameitiv Blessings (3) New House and Vessels In this shiur, we will discuss the nature of the Shehechiyanu and Ha-Tov Ve-Hameitiv blessings said upon building a new house and purchasing new vessels. The Rishonim appear to disagree about the nature of these blessings, and to this day there are different approaches regarding the frequency with which these blessings are recited. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #80: The Shehechiyanu and Ha-Tov Ve-Hameitiv Blessings (4) New House and Vessels (2) In the last shiur, we discussed the nature of the Shehechiyanu and Ha-Tov Ve-Hameitiv blessings said upon building a new house and purchasing new vessels. This week, we will discuss when these blessings are said, and we will discuss numerous practical scenarios. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Introduction to Berakhot The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Mentioning God's Name (Shem) and His Kingship (Malkhut) This week, we will discuss the centrality of Shem and Malkhut in the matbe’a ha-berakha (the blessing formula). The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #03: Changes to the Matbe'a Ha-Berakha The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #04: Berakha Le-Vatala The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #05: The Nature of Birkot Ha-Nehenin The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #06: Netilat Yadayim The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #07: Netilat Yadayim (2) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #08: Netilat Yadayim (3) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #09: Netilat Yadayim (4) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #10: Netilat Yadayim (5) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #11: Netilat Yadayim (6) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #12: Netilat Yadayim (7) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #13: Netilat Yadayim (8): The Laws of Chatzitza for Netilat Yadayim The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #14: Netilat Yadayim (9) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #15: Talking Between Netilat Yadayim and Ha-motzi This week, we will discuss whether one may talk or interrupt between washing the hands (netilat yadayim) and reciting the blessing over the bread (ha-motzi). The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #16: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (1) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #17: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (2) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #18: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (3) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #19: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (4) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #20: Birkat Ha-Motzi Definition of Bread Pat Ha-Ba’ah Be-Kisanin (1) In the upcoming weeks, we will focus on the blessing recited over bread, “ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz” (birkat ha-motzi). The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #21: Birkat Ha-Motzi The Definition of Bread Pat Ha-Ba’ah Be-Kisanin (2) Last week, we began our study of the birkat ha-pat, birkat ha-motzi. We explained that we will divide our discussion of birkat ha-motzi into three parts: Pat ha-ba’ah be-kisanin (grain-based baked products upon which one generally recites borei minei mezonot unless they are eaten as a meal), hafka’at shem lechem (circumstances in which bread is transformed into a food upon which one no longer recites the blessing of ha-motzi), and foods upon which one always says borei minei mezonot, even if eaten as the basis of a meal (pasta, pancakes, etc.). The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #22: Birkat Ha-Motzi Kevi’at Se’uda Pat Ha-Ba’ah Be-Kisanin (3) Last week, we learned that the Talmud (Berakhot 42a) rules that when pat ha-ba’ah be-kisanin is eaten as the basis of a meal, one recites Ha-Motzi before and Birkat Ha-Mazon after eating. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)

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