Torah is the Elixir of Life!
A special message from Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Executive Director of Pidyon.
20 Tevet 5771 | Duration: 1:39
Asarah b'Tevet is the only public fast that can fall on a Friday. How does that work?
6 Tevet 5771 | Duration: 13:54
OC 428:1,3; MB 428:3; OC 550:3; MB 550:8-11
Dedicated for a refuah shleimah for Breina bas Frieda.
The time of halachic noon has consequences on the 10th of Av.
10 Av 5770 | Duration: 14:34
Igros Moshe OC 4:62
By mourning on Tisha b'Av, we create the foundation of Redemption.
8 Av 5770 | Duration: 12:24
OC 544:25; OC 557:1; MB 557:3
The source of our Redemption was established before the destruction of Tisha b'Av.
4 Av 5770 | Duration: 14:16
Tosefta Taanit 3:9; Bereishis Rabbasi Vayetze 131; Mak. 24a
The massacre of the residents of Beitar is the 4th of the five tragedies listed by the Mishna as occuring on the 9th of Av.
3 Av 5770 | Duration: 14:50
Gittin 47b; San. 17b; Gittin 57b; Brachot 45b
Hatred among Jews is a constant cause of our destruction.
1 Av 5770 | Duration: 13:02
Taanit 29a; Yoma 9b; HaEmek Davar, Introduction to Breishis; Josephus, Antiquities 20:8
We cannot understand either the depth of what we did wrong or the depth of the destruction of our Holy Temple.
26 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 16:39
Isa. 31:16; Metzudat David, Isa. 31:16; Gittin 57b; Lev Eliyahu I:63
The second cause of the destruction of the first Beis HaMikdash.
25 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 15:42
Yoma 9b; II Kings 21:16; II Chron. 24:15; Gittin 57b
Understanding the depth of mourning on Tisha B'Av.
24 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 14:45
Introduction to Eicha Rabba; 2 Kings 25:5-7, 21; Yoma 9b
The origin of Tisha B'Av goes back to the sin of the spies...
19 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 13:51
Yerushalmi Yoma 1:1; Mishna Taanis 4:6; Midrash Tanchuma Shelach 21
The spiritual origin of the 17th of Tamuz pre-date the golden calf by some 1500 years.
18 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 14:46
Seder Olam Rabba 4; Gen. 8:4-13
More details of the 17th of Tamuz.
17 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 7:32
Also: the cessation of the daily offering; the burning of the Torah.
13 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 15:06
How do we know that the tablets were smashed on the 17th of Tamuz?
12 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 16:11
MT Taaniyot 5:1; BT Taanit 26a, 28b-29a; Zech. 16:19
What is the Torah source for declaring a public fast day?
10 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 14:47
MT Taaniyot 1:1-4
Rav Moshe defines the end time for rabbinic fasts based on the various opinions on when nightfall comes.
9 Tamuz 5770 | Duration: 13:28
Igros Moshe OC 4:62
On Yom Kippur, we set a beautiful table and dress like angels.
7 Tishrei 5770 | Duration: 18:16
OC 610:4; MB 610:7-18; Baer Heitev 610:1,3
The mitzvah of lighting candles for Yom Kippur.
5 Tishrei 5770 | Duration: 10:37
OC 610:1-3; MB 610:1-8
What do you do if you need to take medicine on a public fast day?
4 Tishrei 5770 | Duration: 8:44
OC 328:2,9, 618:1
Issues we should each address to become the Holy Nation we can be...
14 Av 5769 | Duration: 16:52
Reflections on Tisha B'Av: what should we learn from the fast?
10 Av 5769 | Duration: 17:32
A review of mourning customs on Tisha B'Av, and the special leniencies of lifting mourning to prepare for Shabbos when Tisha B'Av falls on Thursday.
8 Av 5769 | Duration: 17:16
OC 558:1; MB 558:1-3
During the Three Weeks, we don't simply mourn; rather, we long for Hashem and experience our deep loneliness
25 Tamuz 5769 | Duration: 15:04
The 17th of Tamuz, Self-Defense, and "Never Again."
17 Tamuz 5769 | Duration: 12:55
Selichos for Asara b'Tevet focus on three tragedies that occured during the month.
10 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 9:35
II Kings 25
A brief history of the events that brought about the first downfall of Yerushalayim. What caused the Jewish people to lose the Holy City, and what can we learn from those events about what is taking place in Eretz Yisroel today?
9 Tevet 5769 | Duration: 15:11
2 Kings 16-24
In memory of Tamar Rivkah bas Sheur Zalman on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
What are a child's obligations with regard to Yom Kippur and the Teshuva process? Does an adult need to do teshuva for the indiscretions of his or her youth? What about a ba'al teshuva?
5 Elul 5768 | Duration: 17:19
OC 343:1 (Rama); MB 343:6; Ch"A 66; Yoma 8:4
The significance of Tisha b'Av goes beyond fasting and even beyond mourning. What are we to learn from Tisha b'Av?
7 Av 5768 | Duration: 13:17
Summary and overview of all the special aspects of Shabbos Erev Tisha b'Av.
5 Av 5768 | Duration: 15:23
On motzei shabbos erev Tisha b'Av, we cannot drink wine. How do we make havdala?
4 Av 5768 | Duration: 15:22
OC 556; MB 556:1-5
3 Av 5768 | Duration: 14:57
OC 559:1-2; MB 559:1-9
On Shabbos, the third meal usual extends past sunset into the night; on Erev Tisha b'Av, we begin fasting at sunset. So what do we do when Erev Tisha b'Av falls on Shabbos?
29 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 16:05
OC 552:10;553:2; MB 552:23-24;553:6-7
28 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 14:51
OC 551:9;553:2,12; MB 553:8-10,12
In general, we don't launder or wear clean clothes, take haircuts, or wash during the nine days. What about lichvod shabbat?
27 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 15:34
OC 551:3,16; MB 551:32,95-97
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
Overview and summary of the history and halachot of the Three Weeks
14 Tamuz 5768 | Duration: 5:01
We make havdala following Yom Tov, but we don't include the candle or spices. Why?
3 Sivan 5768 | Duration: 15:13
OC 491:1; MB 491:1-2; OC 298:1; MB 298:1
Kiddush Lavana is ideally said on Motzei Shabbos or Motzei Yom Tov. What about after a fast day? This shiur discusses Yom Kippur, Tisha B'Av, Asara B'Tevet, Ta'anit Ester, and other Taaniot.
3 Iyar 5768 | Duration: 17:18
OC 426:2; MB 426:7-11; Beur Halacha d.h. "v'Lo kodem Yom HaKippurim"
One who forgets aneinu on a fast day does not go back to insert it. But the halacha is quite different for an individual as compared to the shaliach tzibbur.
9 Tevet 5768 | Duration: 14:55
OC 119:4; MB 119:16-19
In memory of Tamar Rivkah bas Sheur Zalman on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
After Yom Kippur, we rush to do several mitzvot, among them building the sukkah. We also leave out tachnun as the days until Sukkos have a quasi Yom Tov status. What is the connection between these themes?
13 Tishrei 5768 | Duration: 11:51
OC 624:5; MB 624:18-19; OC 625:1; MB 625:2; I Kings 7-8
Dedicated as a zechut for a refuah shleima for Moshe ben Ester Ruchel.
We eliminate several prayers on Erev Yom Kippur, including LaMinatzeach, Mizmor L'Todah, and Tachnun -- though each is eliminated for a different reason. Slichot are shortened and Avinu Malkeinu is skipped.
7 Tishrei 5768 | Duration: 7:57
OC 604:2; MB 604:3-5
Most of us eat on the day before Yom Kippur to prepare ourselves for the upcoming fast. But it is actually a mitzvah to eat on Erev Yom Kippur. Why is that?
6 Tishrei 5768 | Duration: 15:39
OC 604:1; MB 604:1-2
Join Rav Dovid for a corporate "Lunch and Learn" discussion on relating to the High Holidays in our modern times. What makes the Yomim Noraim relevant for us today? Is this just a bunch of "New Year's Resolutions" that, like all other such resolutions, will be forgotten within days of Yom Kippur? How should we relate to Rosh HaShanah, and why do these Holidays occur back-to-back on the calendar?
28 Elul 5767 | Duration: 51:47
Some people fast every Erev Rosh Chodesh for Yom Kippur Katan. What's it all about?
29 Av 5767 | Duration: 9:56
OC 417:1; MB 417:4
There are leniencies in the restrictions regarding haircuts during the three weeks for mourners just coming out of shloshim and for children's clothing. Also: avoiding the evil forces that lurk about during the three weeks.
8 Av 5767 | Duration: 11:05
OC 551:14-15,18; MB 551:81-87
Kiddush Levana is a time of joy, so it is delayed until after Tisha B'Av. Meat and wine are not eaten during the Nine Days, but what about at a seudat mitzvah?
5 Av 5767 | Duration: 15:14
OC 551:8,10; MB 551:54-55,63-78
An overview of all the halachot appertaining to the Nine Days from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tisha B'Av, plus the details on laundering, new clothes, and freshly-pressed clothes.
2 Av 5767 | Duration: 16:12
OC 551:6; MB 551:44-45
Many tragedies befell the Jewish people in the month of Av, from the sin of the spies to the death of Aharon HaCohen.
1 Av 5767 | Duration: 7:39
OC 580:1-2; MB 580:3
The tlata d'puranuta -- three calamaties.
17 Tamuz 5767 | Duration: 1:15
The fasts of BaHa"B are held twice a year following both Pesach and Sukkos. This shiur explores the reasons behind the fasts and brings out the relevant halachot of BaHa"B.
2 Iyar 5767 | Duration: 22:34
OC 492:1; Tur 492; BY 492; MB 492:1-6
The 8th and 9th of Tevet are among the lesser known fast days that are, in general, publicly observed.
8 Tevet 5767 | Duration: 10:51
OC 580:1-2; MB 580:13
The four levels of transgression and the requirements of kaporah for each.
29 Av 5766 | Duration: 12:47
MT Teshuva 1:4
Teshuva and the se'ir hamishtaleach of Yom Kippur.
28 Av 5766 | Duration: 12:43
MT Teshuva 1:2-3
The obligation to rend one's garments at the sight of the destroyed Cities of Judah, Jerusalem, and the Temple.
13 Av 5766 | Duration: 14:25
OC 561:1-5; MB 561:2,5-6,10-13
Restrictions on meat, wine, shaving, haircuts, and washing continue into the 10th of Av, though there are leniencies when the 10th falls on Friday.
10 Av 5766 | Duration: 8:23
OC 558:1; MB 558:1,3
Summary of the hilchot Tisha B'Av.
8 Av 5766 | Duration: 13:12
MB 549:2; OC 554:25
Nachem, a special prayer for Tisha B'Av is added to boneh Yerushalayim. Aneinu is added as on all fast days. There are no selichot nor is tachnun recited, both due to the fact that Tisha B'Av is a moed.
7 Av 5766 | Duration: 14:37
OC 557:1; MB 557:1-5; OC 559:4; MB 559:18-21
Tallis and tefillin are not worn at shacharit onTisha B'Av. Why? Also: sleeping on the floor or without a pillow.
6 Av 5766 | Duration: 9:19
OC 555:1-2; MB 555:1,3,8; Lam. 2:17
Ma'ariv, Eicha, and sitting on the floor.
3 Av 5766 | Duration: 11:04
OC 559:2-3; MB 559:4-7,10-11,13
Take the day off if possible, and avoid greeting others.
2 Av 5766 | Duration: 12:41
OC 554:23-24,20-21; MB 554:48-50,41-42
The parameters of the prohibitions on annointing with oil and wearing shoes.
28 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 10:34
OC 554:15-17; MB 554:30-31,34-35
Marital relations are forbidden, but does the prohibition have all the stringencies of niddah? Introduction to the prohibition of working on Tisha B'Av.
29 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 12:10
OC 554:18,22; MB 554:37,43-45
On Tisha b'Av, the restrictions on eating, drinking, and washing are identical to the restrictions on Yom Kippur.
25 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 15:55
OC 554:5-11; MB 554:16,21-22
The first of the five afflictions: Torah study. What is prohibited, what is allowed?
24 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 13:52
OC 554:2-4; MB 554:3-8
The five afflictions of Tisha b'Av and the acceptance of the fast.
23 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 13:43
OC 554:1; MB 554:1; OC 553; MB 553:1-3,8
A variety of (raw) fruits, cheeses, and dairy products are permitted, though a mourner's meal is best. Also: why do we skip tachnun at mincha?
22 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 11:13
Taanit 30a; OC 552:4-8,12; Baer Heitev 552:5; MB 552:15-18
L'ilui nishmat Chaim ben Micha'el on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
The Seudah HaMafseket is a simple meal, with one simple cooked dish and no wine.
21 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 11:13
OC 552:1-3; MB 552:1,3-6,11; Shaar HaTziun 552:1
What is the seudah hamafseket eaten on Erev Tisha b'Av?
18 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 10:49
OC 552:9; MB 552:20,22
L'ilui nishmat Avraham ben Leib on the occasion of his 25th yahrzeit.
The Talmud lists five calamities that befell the Jewish People on Shiva Asar b'Tamuz.
17 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 3:38
OC 549; MB 549:2
Prohibitions on washing and bathing during the Three Weeks. Avoiding missing opportunities to say shehechiyanu.
16 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 14:04
OC 551:16-17; MB 551:88,90,92,94,96-100; Beur Halacha d.h. V'litzorech mitzvah
Prohibitions on meat and wine; more on haircuts and shaving; summary of the mourning customs of the Three Weeks.
15 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 10:27
OC 551:4,7,9,11-13; MB 551:36-37,40,49,58-59,79-80
Haircuts and clean or new clothes are avoided as a sign of mourning.
14 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 15:05
OC 551:3,5; MB 551:20-22,25,32,44-45
During the Nine Days or Three Weeks, we diminish our joy in all endeavors, whether for business or pleasure.
11 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 13:47
OC 551:2; MB 551:11-19
Introduction to the mourning period leading up to Tisha b'Av.
10 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 9:17
Taanit 26b; OC 551:1; MB 551:2,9
An overview of the four fasts: the 10th of Tevet, the 17th of Tamuz, the 9th of Av, and the 3rd of Tishrei.
9 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 13:12
OC 550; MB 550:1,4,6-10
The 9th of Tamuz is a fast day for a ba'al nefesh. Why is it not a fast day for the rest of us?
7 Tamuz 5766 | Duration: 10:14
OC 549; MB 549:1,4
Why do we fast? Who is obligated to fast?
2 Adar 5766 | Duration: 8:28
OC 686:2-3; MB 686:2,3,5,8; Shaar HaTziun 686:11
Rav Dovid tells the story of Rabbi Akiva and the Ten Martyrs, rabbinic leaders killed by the Romans during the Hadrianic persecution. This emotional story lays the ground for deep theological concepts concerning Torah, martyrdom, and justice.
13 Tevet 5766 | Duration: 8:54
What if you accidentally eat on a public fast day? This is one of the most commonly misunderstood halachot of fast days. Rav Dovid clarifies based on the Mishnah Brurah.
10 Tevet 5766 | Duration: 3:10
MB 549:3; OC 568
Why do we continue to fast today? Who must fast? What about someone who is sick? Pregnant? Nursing?
9 Tevet 5766 | Duration: 8:45
OC 549:1; OC 550:1; MB 550:1; MT Taaniyot 5:1,19
The History of the Tenth of Tevet as found in II Kings chapter 25.
6 Tevet 5766 | Duration: 9:34
OC 549; II Kings 25
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