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A special message from Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Executive Director of Pidyon.
20 Tevet 5771 | Duration: 1:39
Why is the month of Elul a time of selichos and shofar?
22 Elul 5769 | Duration: 15:14
Tur OC 581
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
Understanding Shmuel's calendar.
7 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 16:45
BY OC 117:1
Why do we start praying for rain based on a secular date?
6 Kislev 5769 | Duration: 14:57
Taanit 9a; BY OC 117:1
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
Introduction to chinuch: a look at Kiddush Lavana and Kriat Shema.
8 Iyar 5768 | Duration: 14:37
MB 426:1; OC 70:2; MB 70:6-9; Sha'ar HaTziun 70:7
Kiddush Lavana customs are all about the joy of the relationship between Hashem and His people, and the joy associated with Kiddush Lavana reflects this relationship.
7 Iyar 5768 | Duration: 13:24
OC 426:2,4; MB 426:14-16,21
Kiddush Lavana is a time of joy, and many of its halachot and customs reflect this. So can a mourner say Kiddush Lavana? We are supposed to enjoy the light of the moon as part of the reason for the blessing, but do we look at the moon while reciting Kiddush Lavana?
4 Iyar 5768 | Duration: 15:32
OC 426:2; MB 426:11-14
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"
What are the earliest and latest dates in the monthly lunar cycle when Kiddush Levana can be recited? Why?
2 Iyar 5768 | Duration: 14:41
OC 426:3-4; MB 426:17-20
The ideal time for Kiddush Lavana is Motzei Shabbos -- within reason. Also: a brief summary of the works of Rav Yosef Caro, plus a bit of angeology.
1 Iyar 5768 | Duration: 15:02
OC 426:2-3; MB 426:4-6,18
L'ilui nishmat Moshe ben Hirsh on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
Who is obligated to recite Kiddush Levana? Do you have to see the moon to say it? When is it said?
30 Nissan 5768 | Duration: 14:09
OC 426:1; MB 426:1-3
Introduction to Kiddush Levana -- the mitzvah of sanctifying the new moon.
28 Nissan 5768 | Duration: 16:45
OC 428:2; MB 428:3; OC 426:1; MB 426:1
The "Ot-Bosh" of Pesach is one of the many wonders of the Jewish Calendar.
26 Nissan 5768 | Duration: 9:16
OC 428:3; MB 428:5
In a leap year, are there any customs associated with Purim Katan, the 14th and 15th of Adar I?
5 Adar I 5768 | Duration: 9:30
OC 697:1; MB 697:3-5; Shaarei Teshuva 697:2
In a leap year, are events observed in Adar 1 or Adar 2?
30 Shevat 5768 | Duration: 9:24
OC 697:1; MB 697:1-3 Shaar HaTziun 697:2
Why do we recite L'David Ori during the entire month of Elul? And why is the season of teshuva so long?
26 Av 5767 | Duration: 14:07
Customs of Elul: selichot, shofar, and Hashem Ori.
25 Av 5767 | Duration: 11:08
OC 581:1; MB 581:1-3
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
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