Topics in Halakha
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Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Educational Programming Which Can Lead to Shabbat Desecration Informal Jewish educational work often demands dealing with situations that are complex halakhically, spiritually and socially. A common problem arises when arranging Shabbat educational programs for participants who are not Shabbat observant. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Essence of the Mitzva of Mila In today's lecture, we shall deal with two fundamental questions regarding the mitzva of mila. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Responsibilities of the Recipient of Charity To what degree and by what means should we press for the increased participation of the recipient of aid, and to what extent is it possible to condition the extension of assistance on his readiness to share the burden? Regarding this point, opinions differ, and Judaism’s position on the matter must be clarified. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Responsibilities of the Recipient of Charity Part 2 Continuation of article by Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Regarding a Blind Person's Obligation in Mitzvot (Part II) Chanuka. Mitzvot. In part one, we ended with the question regarding the nature of a blind person's exemption from mitzvot, whether it is based on a leniency or on a deficiency in da'at. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Regarding a Blind Person's Obligation in Mitzvot (Part III) Chanuka. Mitzvot. We ended the last installment of this shiur, with a discussion of a blind person's obligation to light from the position of the Sages. We surveyed various views of the Rishonim as to the relationship between seeing and lighting Chanuka candles. We now continue this discussion.] Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Birkat Ha-Gomel The verses upon which the Gemara bases the laws governing Birkhat Ha-Gomel are taken from Tehilim 107, where the verse "Let them give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy, and for His wonderful works to the children of men" is repeated several times. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Birkat Ha-Gomel (II) In the previous lecture, we dealt with the various cases in which a person is obligated to recite Birkat Ha-Gomel. We saw the various opinions among the Rishonim regarding the question whether the blessing is recited only in cases where a person safely emerged from a situation of real danger or even in cases of lesser danger. We showed that the disagreement on this issue depends on the nature of Birkat Ha-Gomel: Is the blessing recited over rescue from danger, or over a situation that could have developed into danger. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Mentioning Shem and Malkhut in Blessings Blessings. A well-known dispute exists between Rav and Rabbi Yochanan concerning the basic text required in any berakha (blessing). Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Laws Dependent Upon the Land of Israel Israel. Our objective in this lecture is to provide an overview of Seder Zera'im and the main topics discussed therein. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Prolonging Prayer Prayer. This week's lecture will deal with Chazal's attitude towards prolonging prayer. We shall also touch upon some of the ramifications of this issue in our day. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Mitzvot of the Festivals - Part 1: Simchat Yom Tov Holidays. Simchat Yom Tov Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Mitzvot of the Festivals - Part 2 The Effect of Individual Mitzvot Upon the Character of the Festival Holidays. Until know we have dealt with the mitzva of simcha which relates to Yom Tov and its sanctity in general. It would seem, however, that we may advance a similar approach with regard to the individual mitzvot of every festival. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Shimur Matza Rava states (Pesachim 40a) that it is a mitzva to pre-wash the grain that one intends to use for baking matza (letita). This is based on the pasuk (Shemot 12:17): "U-SHEMARTEM et ha-matzot - And you shall GUARD the matzot" (ensuring that they do not become chametz). Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Forbidden Matza Irrespective of any practical applications, the issue in and of itself touches upon a number of important and fundamental principles regarding the laws of chametz and matza... Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Prohibition of Leaving Eretz Yisrael Several sources imply that one is forbidden to leave Eretz Israel for Chutz La-aretz. The Gemara in Ketubot 111a relates... Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Individual Rights in Halakha We have gathered here to discuss the rights of the individual under Halakhic, American, and Israeli law. I have been asked to describe the Halakhic approach. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Does Involvement in Torah Study Exempt One from Mitzvot? (Part 1 of 2) It is commonly assumed that the exemption from mitzvot (on the basis of involvement in another mitzva) takes effect only with regard to someone involved in a mitzva act – but not to one involved in Torah study. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Does Involvement in Torah Study Exempt One from Mitzvot? Part 2 It is commonly assumed that the exemption from mitzvot (on the basis of involvement in another mitzva) takes effect only with regard to someone involved in a mitzva act – but not to one involved in Torah study. Part 2 of this essay. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Kiddush Hashem: Sanctifying God's Name (Part 1 of 2) The mitzva of "kiddush Hashem" (literally, "sanctifying God's Name") and the prohibition of "chillul Hashem" (literally, "desecrating God's Name") appear in several contexts. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Kiddush Hashem: Sanctifying God's Name Part 2 The mitzva of "kiddush Hashem" (literally, "sanctifying God's Name") and the prohibition of "chillul Hashem" (literally, "desecrating God's Name") appear in several contexts. Part 2. Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon Halakhot of the Seder: Korekh Halakhot of Pesach
Harav Yehuda Amital Reading the Megilla Before Sundown Purim Halakhot of Purim
Rav Binyamin Tabory Tearing Garments Upon Seeing the Cities of Judea Just as one must tear his clothes when a close relative dies, the Halakha requires one to rip his garments when encountering three locations. Halakhot of the Three Weeks
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein On Aliya: The Uniqueness of Living in Eretz Yisrael Parashat Vayeshev begins: “Yaakov settled in the land of his father’s dwelling, in the land of Canaan” (Bereishit 37:1). What need is there for the seeming repetition about where he dwelt? Holiday Packages

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