Life Cycles
Teacher Title תקציר Course
Rav David Brofsky Is There a Mitzva to be Married? This shiur is the opening discussion of Hilkhot Ishut, the laws of married life. In this shiur we discuss whether there is a mitzva to be married and the different views of the nature of that mitzva. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Issur Chibuk Ve-Nishuk (Negi’a) In this shiur, we will discuss the prohibition of physical contact with arayot and a woman who is a nidda. We will note the debate regarding the status of this prohibition, as well as what it includes. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Sexual Relations without Kiddushin In this shiur, we will discuss the prohibition of sexual realtions outside of marriage. This prohibition may be based on the prohibition of yichud, an/or the positive commandment not to have relations without kiddushin and ketuba, or the prohibitions relating to promiscuous sexual behavior. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Pilagshut What is a pilegesh? Is it really permitted to enter into a concubinal relationship, and what are the characteristics of this relationship? Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Nisui’n Ezrachi’im (Civil Marriage) This week, we will discuss the halakhic status of a civil marriage. In a future shiur, we will address the status of Reform and Conservative weddings. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #06: Kiddushin (1) In this shiur, we will begin to discuss the two stages of marriage, kiddushin and eirusin. We will discuss the different methods of achieving kiddushin, focusing on kiddushei kesef. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Nisu’in In this shiur, we will discuss the second part of the process of marraige, nisu'in. How is nisu'in accomplished, and may it be performed before kiddushin? Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Ketuba In this shiur, we will begin to discuss the ketuba, the marriage contract. We will note the discussion regarding whether the husband's obligations that are outlined in the ketuba are Torah law or rabbinic law, and we will discuss some of the ramifications of this debate. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Ketuba (2) In this shiur, we will discuss the different parts of the ketuba, analyzing the different obligations that are committed to by each of the parties, as well as how they are expressed in the text of the ketuba. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (1) Setting the Date for the Wedding In this shiur, we will discuss the days on which weddings can and cannot take place. We will discuss the permissibility of scheduling weddings on Erev Shabbat and Yom Tov, on Chanuka and Purim, on Chol Ha-Moed, and during Sefirat Ha-Omer. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (2) Customs and Laws of the Week before the Wedding In this shiur, we will discuss the laws and customs of the Shabbat and week before the wedding, as well as the customs of the wedding day itself, such as the custom to fast and recite additional prayers. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (3) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the halakhot of a wedding. We will focus on the ketuba - what one should do if it is lost, the signing of the ketuba at the wedding, and the kinyan on the ketuba. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (4) Customs and Laws of the Wedding (continued) In this shiur, we will discuss the "badeken," the Ashkenazi practice to have the chatan cover the kalla's face with a veil prior to the wedding ceremony. We will discuss various views regarding the significance of this act. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (5) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our study of the laws and practices of a wedding, including the procession to the chuppa, the circling of the chatan, and the presence of a minyan. Life Cycles
Rav David Brofsky Marriage and Prohibited Sexual Relations Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky The Components of a Halakhic Marriage Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Introduction to Hilkhot Ishut, year 2 Laws of the Wedding - Customs and Laws of the Wedding Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (6) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we will discuss the kiddushin, the first part of the wedding ceremony. We will discuss the nature of the birkat ha-eirusin, if the bracha requires a minyan, who recites the bracha, and the cup of wine that is drunk at the ceremony. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (7) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the halakhot of the Jewish wedding with a discussion of the need for witnesses to the kiddushin, who is disqualified from serving, and whether these witnesses must be designated. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (8) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the kiddushin ceremony, focusing on the ring and the halachic acceptability of double-ring ceremonies. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Wedding (9) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we will discuss the custom of wearing a tallit and the possibility of reciting the Shehechyanu blessing under the chuppa. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #20: Laws of the Wedding (10) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our study of the marriage ceremony with a discussion of the reading of the ketuba under the chuppa, as well as the sheva berakhot. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #21: Laws of the Wedding (11) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the laws of the wedding, focusing on the recitation of the Sheva Berakhot and the breaking of the glass. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #22: Laws of the Wedding (12) Customs and Laws of the Wedding In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the marriage ceremony, focusing on yichud, the seclusion of the bride and groom, and its ramifications for the halakhic process of marriage. We will also discuss if it is necessary for the bride to cover her hair after the nisu'in. Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #23: Laws of the Wedding A Second Marriage In this shiur, we will discuss the similarities and differences between a first and second marriage. Life Cycles (2)

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