Torah is the Elixir of Life!
A special message from Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Executive Director of Pidyon.
20 Tevet 5771 | Duration: 1:39
What to do if you forget al hanissim in either the amidah or in birkat hamazon.
10 Adar 5770 | Duration: 13:39
OC 682:1; MB 682:1-5
Insights into the understanding of yishtabach.
25 Cheshvan 5770 | Duration: 16:58
OC 54:2; MB 54:3
Answering "Amen" to yishtabach.
24 Cheshvan 5770 | Duration: 16:38
OC 54:2; MB 54:2-3
23 Cheshvan 5770 | Duration: 14:14
OC 54:1; MB 54:1
Ideas in kavanah; introduction to kavanah for birkat hamazon.
18 Cheshvan 5770 | Duration: 15:59
OC 185:1; MB 185:1
When we say Birkas HaChama, we include passages to accompany the blessing itself.
13 Nissan 5769 | Duration: 15:45
Times, cloudy days, women and children, and other issues.
12 Nissan 5769 | Duration: 12:46
Review and summary of the blessing for the sun.
9 Nissan 5769 | Duration: 13:33
If you said birkat hamazon and then realized there was filth nearby, do you need to go back and say birkat hamazon again?
17 Shevat 5769 | Duration: 15:23
OC 185:5; MB 185:5,7
It's normal to drink wine as part of the meal. Can you say birkat hamazon if you are a little tipsy?
16 Shevat 5769 | Duration: 14:42
OC 185:4-5; MB 185:4,6,8
Like the amidah and the shema, we speak the words of birkat hamazon loud enough to hear them.
12 Shevat 5769 | Duration: 15:17
OC 185:2-3; MB 185:2-3
The importance of understanding birkat hamazon and the importance of kavanah.
11 Shevat 5769 | Duration: 13:06
OC 185:1; MB 185:1
Do all illnesses require birkat hagomel?
20 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 21:27
OC 219:8-9; MB 219:24-32; Yechave Da'at 4:14
Modern travel: is birkat hagomel required? NOTE: The first 10 seconds of this audio are very poor quality.
19 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 15:05
Yechave Da'at 2:26; Igros Moshe OC 2:59
What if you crossed the desert but experienced no danger? NOTE: The first 10 seconds of this audio are very poor quality.
18 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 15:58
OC 219:7; MB 219:3,21-23,31; Beur Halacha d.h. "Yordei Yam"
If two people have an obligation to say birkat hagomel, one can say it for both of them.
17 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 16:56
OC 219:5-6; MB 219:18-19,8
Halacha l'ma'aseh: do we say birkat hagomel for others today?
16 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 16:18
OC 219:4; MB 219:16-17; Yechave Da'at 2:25
How is it that someone else can say a bracha for which they are not obligated, and how can doing so fulfill your obligation!?
13 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 16:17
OC 219:4; MB 219:12-15
Oddly enough, if someone else makes a bracha over your miracle and you answer "Amen", you have fulfilled your obligation.
12 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 11:23
Brachot 54b; OC 219:4; MB 219:10-11
Is a minyan required for birkat hagomel? Can it be said seated? What if you say the brachah and no one answers?
11 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 13:52
OC 219:2-3; MB 219:5-9
At what point do we say that one travelling by sea is no longer in danger?
6 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 21:41
OC 219:1-2; MB 219:1-4; BY OC 219; Gen. 18:23; Onkoles, ad loc.
Understanding the Talmud -- the Rambam's explanation of the Gamara provides insights into and has implications regarding the halacha of birkat hagomel.
4 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 16:46
Brachot 54b; MT Brach. 10:8
There are four situations that require a Jew to bring a Todah offering.
3 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 16:14
Brachot 54b; Ps. 107
Does a medicine require a bracha?
21 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 14:43
OC 203:5-7; MB 203:6-7,10-13
What is the bracha for roots from a tree?
20 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 14:50
OC 203:6, 202:18; MB 203:8-9, 202:82
Root vegetables are either pri ha-adama or she-hakol.
19 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 4:23
OC 203:8; MB 203:14
Crab apples and crab pears; wild berries on trees and bushes; lousy fruits.
18 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 7:14
OC 203:4; MB 203:5
More on the difference between a tree and a plant.
14 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 14:43
OC 203:2; MB 203:2,5
A first look at the difference between a tree and a plant.
13 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 14:54
OC 208:2-3,5; MB 203:1,4,6-7; Beur Halacha d.h. "Eilonei Srak"
Introduction to the bracha borei pri ha-adamah.
12 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 15:28
OC 208:1-2; MB 203:1
Brachos upon seeing wondrous mountains, rivers, oceans, and deserts.
23 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 17:19
OC 238:1; MB 238:1-4
If you are in a place (like a bathroom) where you can't make the brachah on thunder (or anything else), do you lose the brachah, or is there an option to make it later?
22 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 15:16
OC 237:3; MB 237:9-12
During a thunder storm, how many times can you make a brachah?
20 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 15:32
Brachot 9:2; OC 237:1-2; MB 237:5-8
Awesome (in the literal sense) natural events inspire brachos.
19 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 14:48
Brachot 9:2; OC 237:1; MB 237:1-4
The sight of a rainbow reminds us of Hashem's covenant with Noah and as such merits a special blessing.
16 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 14:31
OC 239:1; MB 239:1-5; Beur Halacha d.h. "HaRoeh..."
Dedicated for a refuah shleimah for Breina bas Frieda.
If our Hebrew calendar is based on Rav Adda's calculations, why is birkat ha-chama based on Mar Shmuel's calculations? Also, why don't we say shehechiyanu when we say birkat ha-chama?
15 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 16:19
Misat Binyamin 101
Can birkat ha-chama be made if you can't see the sun?
14 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 15:55
Shaarei Teshuva 239:3
The ideal time to make birkat hachama is just after netz ha-chama; in practical terms, this means just after shacharit.
13 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 15:28
OC 239:2; MB 239:6-10
Understanding the blessing over the sun according to the Rambam; also: the constellations and astrological signs.
12 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 11:57
MT Brach. 10:18
What blessing is said only once every 28 years?
9 Cheshvan 5769 | Duration: 12:34
On Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, do we read the haftarah for Rosh Chodesh or for the Tlat d'Puranuta? Also: the brachot for the haftorah and musaf on Shabbos Rosh Chodesh.
26 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 13:20
OC 425:1-3; MB 425:8,15; OC 284:2; MB 284:4; OC 428:8
The importance of a fruit being recognizable; summary of the laws of brachot for fruit.
25 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 19:19
OC 202:7; MB 202:42
Does a fruit keep its bracha if the fruit is in a form that is no longer recognizable as the fruit?
21 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 16:02
OC 202:7; MB 202:40-44
Dedicated as a zechut for a refuah shleimah for Moshe Chaim ben Rivka.
Some fruits are meant to be picked before they are fully grown; others are meant to be picked after they are overripe.
20 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 17:40
OC 202:5,9; MB 202:35-37,48-50
Brachot for orange peels, grape leaves, capers, caper leaves, and more -- what is the main part of the fruit or tree?
18 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 15:27
OC 202:6; MB 202:38-39
What is the bracha for a spice that comes from a tree? Is it a "fruit extract" like juice? Does it matter if it comes from the fruit or some other part of the tree like the root?
15 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 16:14
OC 202:16-18; MB 202:77-83
Sugar, like fruit, is a product from a tree (or at least a plant). What is its correct bracha?
14 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 10:52
OC 202:15; MB 202:73-76; Beur Halacha d.h. "Al HaSukar"
At what point is juice the "normal" way of eating a fruit? What about stewing or seeping? Plumbs, figs, and oranges; kanata a'da'ta d'hechi.
13 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 16:02
OC 202:10; MB 202:52
Juice that seeps or is squeezed from fruit or that comes from crushing or cooking fruit -- what is its bracha?
12 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 15:54
OC 202:8,10; MB 202:45-47,51,53
Figuring out the correct bracha on a mixture is complex and includes the intricacies of ikkar v'tefel, kavanah, ta'am, ikkar hapri, and more.
11 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 16:36
OC 202:4; MB 202:29-34
Concepts in brachot related to juices and medicines; also, more on ikkar v'tefel.
8 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 14:31
OC 202:4; MB 202:26-28
Is a seed part of the fruit and hence subject to the same brachah, or is it a different food? Is the seed tafel to the fruit? Why is the tree grown?
6 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 16:18
OC 202:3; MB 202:23-25
What is the brachah for an immature, inedible nut that becomes edible when cooked? Concept: natay a'da'ta.
4 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 15:45
OC 202:14; MB 202:69-72
What is the brachah for a nut? Concepts: ikkar and tefel; griuta and maalyuta; tzurato nikeret.
30 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 19:30
OC 202:13; MB 202:66-68
What is the brachah for a fresh fruit that is better when cooked? A cooked fruit that tastes better when fresh?
29 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 11:28
OC 202:12; MB 202:63-65
What is the brachah for a fruit that is eaten either cooked or fresh?
28 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 16:10
OC 202:2,12; MB 202:20-22,61-62
What is the brachah for fruit that is sour, bitter because it is unripe? What if it is so bitter that it is inedible?
27 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 15:28
OC 202:2; MB 202:17-19
At what point during a fruit's maturation process does it become the "main" fruit that receives the brachah borei pri ha-etz?
24 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 15:46
OC 202:2; MB 202:11-15
Halacha l'ma'aseh: there are four requirements that, if met, make raisin wine pri ha-gefen by all opinions.
23 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 16:36
OC 202:11; MB 202:56-60
Is the brachah for raisin wine borei pri hagafen or shehakol?
21 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 15:31
OC 202:11; MB 202:54-55
At some point in mixing wine with other liquids, its brachah changes from borei pri ha-gefen. Just when does that happen?
20 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 14:51
OC 202:1; MB 202:7-10
Does wine still get a special brachah if it is concentrated? Mevushal? Pasteurized? Mixed with other flavors?
17 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 15:14
OC 202:1; MB 202:3-6
Why does wine get a special bracha? Why does fruit from a tree get a different bracha from other plants?
16 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 11:58
Shaarei Teshuva 202:19; OC 202:1; MB 202:1-2
The general rules for brachot on fruit -- when the brachah is pri ha'etz, pri ha'adamah, and shehakol. Also: what to do if you don't know what brachah to make -- the answer will likely surprise you!
15 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 14:03
OC 202:18; MB 202:83-86
Eating without saying a bracha prior to eating is like stealing from Hashem.
14 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 14:03
Chinuch for Birkat HaMazon is unique in that a child can fulfill his father's obligation.
13 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 15:23
OC 186:1-2; MB 186:1-7
A review, summary and overview of halachot of shacharit, from Shema through Aleinu.
8 Adar I 5768 | Duration: 15:10
A review, summary and overview of halachot of morning conduct, from waking up through the recitation of Shema.
7 Adar I 5768 | Duration: 15:32
If the morning brachot are recited out of order, how should one correct the error, if at all. Also -- some mistaken brachot that were once recited.
25 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 14:55
OC 46:5-7; MB 46:20-23
Three more morning brachot; differences in the order of brachot among Sephardim and Ashkenazim. Also: what if the reason for reciting one of the blessings doesn't apply to you?
22 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 21:00
OC 46:4,8; MB 46:15-19,24-26; Baer Heitev 46:8
Why are the blessings we recite today in a different order from those in the Shulchan Aruch? And when is the proper time for the bracha al netilat yadayim?
21 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 15:48
OC 46:1-2; MB 46:10-13
The blessings over dressing, stretching, opening your eyes, walking, wearing shoes, and more.
20 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 14:48
OC 46:1; MB 46:5-9
The brachot Elohai Neshoma and asher natan l'sechvi vina are recited each morning. What if you didn't sleep? What if you didn't hear a rooster crow?
19 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 19:18
OC 46:1,8; MB 46:1-4
Why do we have so many different brachot? An introduction to the history of brachot.
18 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 15:47
OC 46:3; MB 46:Introduction,14; Men. 43b
Not only is there a requirement to recite Birkat HaTorah prior to learning, there is a reciprocal prohibition agasint reciting pasukim prior to reciting Birkat HaTorah -- even if the pasukim are said as tefilla.
15 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 15:28
OC 46:9; MB 46:29-32
This shiur goes through the Gemara and Tosefot in detail as an illustration of how the pilpul of the Rishonim results in all of the different halacha l'ma'aseh categories in Birkot HaTorah -- the l'chatchila and b'dieved halacha, kavanah, the requirement to learn after the bracha or after ahava raba, etc.
14 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 16:42
Brachot 11b; Tos. Br. 11b d.h. SheKvar Niftar
It is best to learn immediately after reciting Birkat HaTorah. Also: all agree that women too are obligated to recite Birkat HaTorah, though their obligation may or may not be the same as men's obligation.
13 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 16:32
OC 47:9,14; MB 47:19-21; Beur Halacha d.h. "Nashim"
How is it that Ahava Raba fulfills the obligation to recite a bracha over Torah learning?
12 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 15:58
OC 47:7-8; MB 47:13-18
Most brachot are only valid so long as one keeps focused on the action over which one made the brachah. So what happens if you take your mind off your learning?
8 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 13:32
OC 47:10-11; MB 47:22-25
If you are awake all night, does one say Birkot HaTorah the following morning? What if you slept a little? What if you wake up to learn in the middle of the night -- are brachot required prior to learning? Halachah l'ma'aseh for Shavuot.
5 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 15:56
OC 47:12-13; MB 47:28-33
Is a brachah required prior to thinking thoughts of Torah? If so, how can we do a mitzvah -- any mitzvah -- without first making Birkot HaTorah?
4 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 11:57
OC 47:4; MB 47:5-7; Beur Halacha d.h. "HaKotev"
When writing or copying words of Torah or pasukim one is not learning Torah. Does writing require a blessing?
1 Sivan 5767 | Duration: 7:51
OC 47:3; MB 47:4
We are obligated to make birkot HaTorah with joy over the gift that Hashem has entrusted to us. Failure to do so brings serious consequences
28 Iyar 5767 | Duration: 15:30
OC 47:1; MB 47:1-2
Dedicated as a zechut for a refuah shleimah for Sara Chanah bat Rachel Devorah.
Birkot HaTorah are required prior to any Torah learning -- including both the Written and Oral Torah, Midrash, Halacha, and even Musar.
27 Iyar 5767 | Duration: 15:25
Brachot 11b; Tos. Br. 11b d.h. SheKvar Niftar; OC 47:2; MB 47:3
Dedicated as a zechut for a refuah shleimah for Chedva Tzippora bas Sarah.
An overview of the blessings made over learning Torah. How many blessings are there?
26 Iyar 5767 | Duration: 14:53
OC 47:5-6; MB 47:8-12
Dedicated as a zechut for a refuah shleimah for Ariella Rivkah ben Devora Pessel.
Does each of the four cups require its own brocha rishona? Brocha achrona? Why or why not?
11 Nisan 5767 | Duration: 14:34
OC 474:1; MB 474:1-5
What if you forget al hanissim in birkat hamazon? Also: what if Purim falls before or after shabbos and your meal begins in the day and continues into the night -- can you say both al hanissim and r'tzei?
12 Adar 5767 | Duration: 15:47
OC 695:3; MB 695:15
Why doesn't al hanisim mention the nes of the oil? Adding al hanissim to birkat hamazon and the amidah; what if you forget al hanissim?
27 Kislev 5767 | Duration: 13:42
OC 682:1-2; MB 682:1-4,6
Part of the observance of Rosh Chodesh includes adding ya'aleh v'yavo in Birkat HaMazon. What if it is forgotten? Also: mentioning the Rosh Chodesh sacrifices as part of korbonot.
1 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 8:27
MB 419:2; OC 424:1; MB 424:1-2; OC 421:1; MB 421:1
An introduction to the Morning Blessings, based on Brachot 60b.
13 Iyar 5766 | Duration: 1:00:58
Who is trusted to check for chometz? If multiple people are checking or if you are checking more than one place, do you make more than one brocha?
27 Adar 5766 | Duration: 13:40
OC 432:2; MB 432:7-12
What is the blessing before checking for chometz and why? When is it recited?
24 Adar 5766 | Duration: 13:28
Pes. 7a-7b; OC 432:1; MB 432:1-6
The order of putting on Tefillin.
15 Shevat 5766 | Duration: 8:28
OC 25:3-5; OC 32:42,52; MB 25:12,13,18,21
Are Tefillin one mitvah or two mitzvot? Do they require one blessing or two? What should you do if you only have one tefilla?
11 Shevat 5766 | Duration: 10:59
OC 25:5; OC 26:1; Men. 36a; Men. 38a-b
Is a blessing made on a borrowed tallis? What about one that belongs to the shul? What if I just put it on for an aliyah?
11 Tevet 5766 | Duration: 6:15
OC 14:3; MB 14:9-11
What is the bracha on the tallis gadol? On the tallis katan? Do we make brachot on both? What if the tallis katan is donned before sunrise?
4 Tevet 5766 | Duration: 7:00
Birkat HaMazon - Grace after Meals
29 Kislev 5766 | Duration: 1:20:30
What blessings are recited over the Chanukah candles and why?
21 Kislev 5766 | Duration: 9:11
Shabb. 23a; OC 676:1; Shaarei Teshuva 676:1; MB 676:1
Ya'aleh v'Yavo is added to Birkat HaMazon on Rosh Chodesh. What do you do if you forget to add it in?
1 Cheshvan 5766 | Duration: 6:03
OC 424:1; MB 424:1,2
Kollel-level shiur on Rosh, Pesachim, Chapter 1, Part 10
9 Elul 5765 | Duration: 1:20:33
Rosh Pesachim 1:10 and related Talmud references
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