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The Jewish CalendarRav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series examines various aspects of the Jewish Calendar.
|22 Elul 5769||listen||
The Historical Events of Elul
Why is the month of Elul a time of selichos and shofar?
Sources: Tur OC 581
|13 Nissan 5769||listen||
The Nusach for Birkas HaChama
When we say Birkas HaChama, we include passages to accompany the blessing itself.
|12 Nissan 5769||listen||
Birkas HaChama: Halachic Summary
Times, cloudy days, women and children, and other issues.
|9 Nissan 5769||listen||
Birkat HaChama: Summary Overview
Review and summary of the blessing for the sun.
|7 Kislev 5769||listen||
When is Tekufat Tishrei? (2)
Understanding Shmuel's calendar.
Sources: BY OC 117:1
|6 Kislev 5769||listen||
When is Tekufat Tishrei? (1)
Why do we start praying for rain based on a secular date?
Sources: Taanit 9a; BY OC 117:1
|15 Cheshvan 5769||listen||
Birkat HaChama: Understanding the Calendar
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?
Sources: Misat Binyamin 101
|14 Cheshvan 5769||listen||
Birkat HaChama: What if it's a cloudy day?
Can birkat ha-chama be made if you can't see the sun?
Sources: Shaarei Teshuva 239:3
|13 Cheshvan 5769||listen||
Birkat HaChama: Halacha l'Ma'aseh
The ideal time to make birkat hachama is just after netz ha-chama; in practical terms, this means just after shacharit.
Sources: OC 239:2; MB 239:6-10
|12 Cheshvan 5769||listen||
Birkat HaChama According to the Rambam
Understanding the blessing over the sun according to the Rambam; also: the constellations and astrological signs.
Sources: MT Brach. 10:18
|9 Cheshvan 5769||listen||
What blessing is only said on a Wednesday?
What blessing is said only once every 28 years?
Sources: Brachot 59a
|8 Iyar 5768||listen||
Chinuch for Mitzvot Aseh
Introduction to chinuch: a look at Kiddush Lavana and Kriat Shema.
Sources: MB 426:1; OC 70:2; MB 70:6-9; Sha'ar HaTziun 70:7
|7 Iyar 5768||listen||
Kiddush Lavana: The Marriage of G-d and Israel
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.
Sources: OC 426:2,4; MB 426:14-16,21
|4 Iyar 5768||listen||
The Joy of Kiddush Lavana
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?
Sources: OC 426:2; MB 426:11-14
|3 Iyar 5768||listen||
Kiddush Lavana and Fast Days
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.
Sources: OC 426:2; MB 426:7-11; Beur Halacha d.h. "v'Lo kodem Yom HaKippurim"
|2 Iyar 5768||listen||
Monthly Dates for Kiddush Levana
What are the earliest and latest dates in the monthly lunar cycle when Kiddush Levana can be recited? Why?
Sources: OC 426:3-4; MB 426:17-20
|1 Iyar 5768||listen||
Reciting Kiddush Lavana on Motzei Shabbos
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.
Sources: OC 426:2-3; MB 426:4-6,18
L'ilui nishmat Moshe ben Hirsh on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
|30 Nissan 5768||listen||
Halachic Requirements for Reciting Kiddush Levana
Who is obligated to recite Kiddush Levana? Do you have to see the moon to say it? When is it said?
Sources: OC 426:1; MB 426:1-3
|28 Nissan 5768||listen||
The Moon, the Jewish Calendar, and Free Will
Introduction to Kiddush Levana -- the mitzvah of sanctifying the new moon.
|26 Nissan 5768||listen||
Wonders of the Jewish Calendar
The "Ot-Bosh" of Pesach is one of the many wonders of the Jewish Calendar.
Sources: OC 428:3; MB 428:5
|5 Adar I 5768||listen||
Rosh Chodesh: Leap Year, Part 2
In a leap year, are there any customs associated with Purim Katan, the 14th and 15th of Adar I?
Sources: OC 697:1; MB 697:3-5; Shaarei Teshuva 697:2
|30 Shevat 5768||listen||
Rosh Chodesh: Leap Year, Part 1
In a leap year, are events observed in Adar 1 or Adar 2?
Sources: OC 697:1; MB 697:1-3 Shaar HaTziun 697:2
|26 Av 5767||listen||
Elul, the Season of Teshuva, and L'David Ori
Why do we recite L'David Ori during the entire month of Elul? And why is the season of teshuva so long?
Sources: Siddur HaGra
|25 Av 5767||listen||
Rosh Chodesh Elul
Customs of Elul: selichot, shofar, and Hashem Ori.
Sources: OC 581:1; MB 581:1-3
|1 Av 5767||listen||
Tragedies of the Month of Av
Many tragedies befell the Jewish people in the month of Av, from the sin of the spies to the death of Aharon HaCohen.
Sources: OC 580:1-2; MB 580:3
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