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03/31/23 - SHIUR 414 (22,710 Downloads)

The most common Pesach Shailos answered by the world’s leading Rabbonim – Hear some new fascinating Shailos

Maos Chittim
Selling Chametz for someone who’s comatose
Siyum Bechorim on the telephone
Selling Chametz Gamur
E-Ciagrettes on Pesach
Gastric Bypass – If you can’t drink Kosos and eat Matzah what takes precedence
Lap-Band Surgery – Does the Shiur of a Kzayis switch
What can you Kasher?
Do cosmetics need a Hechsher?
How much do you have to clean?
Shiur of a Kzayis
Switching your Minhag of Gebrokts
What should you use for Maror
A Sephardi who married an Ashkenazi what do you do regarding kitnios
And much more….

03/16/23 - SHIUR 412 (22,900 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

What makes for Effective Dating?

Is it okay to date two pepole at the same time?
Can you test your date’s middos, and if so, to what extent?
What should be the goal of dating?
What is the most important thing for a person to do when dating? Is love necessary?
Is choosing from pictures and photo albums/catalogs effective in choosing who to date?
What are current trends in dating? What types of singles events are being held?
Are friends helpful or hurtful in getting dating advice?

03/03/23 - SHIUR 410 (22,210 Downloads)

What are the Halachos of a Halachic State? What happens if the government in Eretz Yisroel is run by Frum Yidden?

Would everything be run according to Shulchan Aruch?
What about the things that according to Shulchan Aruch Beis Din can’t enforce nowadays?
How do we deter people who steal if they get caught all they’ll have to do is return the theft?
Is there a concept of jail for monetary damage?
What if there’s no two kosher witnesses or no witnesses at all?
Being that there’s no capital punishment nowadays, what would do to murderers?
What would be done regarding all electricity on Shabbos?
How do you run a government on Shabbos?
How do you run a police force or army on Shabbos?
How do you run hospitals on Shabbos?

02/24/23 - SHIUR 409 (23,218 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Is there any reason to wear a HAT for davening anymore? Does a YARMULKE suffice? Why are only chasidim wearing GARTELS?

Is a Kippa enough for davening? For Kiddush and Bentching?
Do secular styles impact what we wear and the halacha?
What if your parents don’t want you to wear a hat?
What if your parents want the hat and you don’t?
Did Chasidish garb and the black stripes on our Taleisim come from the non-Jews?
Minyan without a hat or daven be’ye’chidus with the hat?
Should women wear hats for davening as well?

02/17/23 - SHIUR 408 (23,544 Downloads)

Looking out for Shemiras Einayim – How to deal with the scourge of pornography

How to address this issue with our youth?
How to prevent it from becoming an issue?
What percent of Frum Yidden are struggling?
What should people who are struggling do?
Is this struggle unique in our generation?
How to get help on this taboo subject

02/09/23 - SHIUR 407 (22,754 Downloads)

Kashrus in home establishments | How do you know if you’re really eating Kosher?

If you make products at home and sell them, do you need a Hechsher?
Why is it different than eating at someone else’s house that you don’t need a Hechsher?
Is this Hechsher different than a Hechsher on a food establishment?
How can you do spot checks in a person’s private home?
There are hundreds of Hechsherim – How do you know what you really can rely on?
What standards does a Kashrus need to have to really rely on them?

02/02/23 - SHIUR 406 (18,212 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Is Kovea Ittim only for the wealthy and brilliant?

What gets people to stick with their learning after many years?
What’s a valid reason to miss your Kevius?
Does someone who gets paid for learning or teaching additionally need to be Kovea Ittim?
Can the Kevius change over time, like when more children are born?
What if a wife needs her husband during his learning?
Do you need to lose business/clients as a result of your learning?
Should you answer calls from clients or your boss during learning?

01/27/23 - SHIUR 405 (24,736 Downloads)

Whom should you marry?

How Makpid should we be on names in marriage (father in law and son in law with the same names etc)?
Can younger siblings get married before older siblings?
Marrying for money?
How important is the family (if there’s a sibling off the derech etc)?
Marrying into a family of Baalei Teshuvos?
Health in the family what do you have to divulge?
How should people be dating?
What common mistakes are they making?
How do you know if you are getting bad advice?

01/19/23 - SHIUR 404 (22,022 Downloads)

Adoption in Halacha

Is there a mitzvah for a childless couple to adopt?
Are you מקיים פריה ורביה with adoption?
Is there an obligation of חיוב כיבוד אב ואם towards an adopted parent?
Balancing obligations to the natural parents VS the adoptive parents
Does an adopted child say Kaddish for his adopted parents?
How is an adoptive child called up to the Torah?
Adopting non-Jewish children VS Jewish children
Is there an Issur Yichud with adoptive parents? Hugging & kissing?
Do you have to reveal they are adopted?

01/12/23 - SHIUR 403 (17,538 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Does yeshiva prepare us for life-after-yeshiva? Should it?

What preparation is necessary to leave yeshiva/kollel and start working?
What skills do yeshiva graduates say would be helpful?
What should a yeshiva consider as its goals and responsibilities towards it’s talmidim?
How do you decide on an occupation?
Should you study a trade or go straight into business?
What are the primary challenges we need to be ready for nowadays?

12/30/22 - SHIUR 401 (23,760 Downloads)

To discuss or not to discuss – That is the Question

Should Headlines have Shiurim on sensitive issues?
Is it better to educate the public, or is it exposing Bochurim and others to things that they shouldn’t be exposed to?
Is it a lack of Tznius to discuss certain topics in public?
Is there a way to balance Tznius VS public awareness?
Does discussing certain issues promote wrong ideas?
Is it Loshon Horah to publicize allegations against a specific person or is it הצלת נפשות?
Should magazines and newspapers be running ads on these sensitive issues?

12/22/22 - SHIUR 400 (18,288 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Drug and alcohol use in our high schools – how big a problem is it? What can be done?

Is there something halachically wrong with using drugs? Alcohol? Vaping?
Can you tell on a classmate who is using drugs or alcohol?
What are the trends of drug and alcohol use in our high schools?
How are teenagers able to afford and access drugs?
Are we better – or worse – than secular society?
What can be done by parents and the schools?

12/16/22 - SHIUR 399 (22,266 Downloads)

Chasunah Halachos & Minhagim in all Kehilos | Eight Chanukah Riddles – Win a Chanukah gift !!!!!!

Marching down flower girls to the Chuppah – Is that a Jewish thing or is it חוקות הגוים?
Standing up for the Chosson and Kallah when they walk down, is that a Jewish custom?
Are you supposed to stand up during the recital of the Sheva Brochos?
Walking down to the Chuppah – Should the parents walk down their child – or both fathers should walk down the Chosson, and both mothers the Kallah? What if they are divorced or one of the parents was Niftar?
Are the Chosson and Kallah permitted to hold hands after the Chuppah?
Should the Kallah come into the men’s side during the dancing?
Does the Kallah have to wear a Sheitel by the Chasunah?
The minhag by various Chasidim for the woman to shave her head
Mitzvah Tantz – What’s the Mitzvah? Or is it actually an Aveira?
If there’s any conflict in Minhagim, whose Minhag is done the Chosson’s or the Kallah’s?

12/09/22 - SHIUR 398 (22,280 Downloads)

Seudas Shabbos – Eating out by others who have different Kashrus standards than you | Kiruv – Who should you and who shouldn’t you invite to your home?

Should you in invite guests/ Kiruv at your Shabbos Seudos or is at expense of your children’s Shabbos experience and your relationship with your children?
If someone has different Kashrus standards than you can you eat in their house? What if they’ll be insulted if you don’t come?
What type of a Chezkas Kashrus does a person need to eat by him? If you’re a bachur and someone you don’t know, in shul, invites you, what constitutes a Chezkas Kashrus?
If you know your host is ‘modern’ for example he keeps Kashrus, Shabbos and Taharas Hamishpacha, can you eat there? What about if he tells you I bought the highest degree of kashrus for you, is he נאמן?
12/02/22 - SHIUR 397 (22,056 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Abuse and Abuse Coverups in Our Communities

Should a Rabbi meet in his office with a woman?
What’s enough proof to start warning other women? Do recordings suffice?
When do we go to the police?
When do we keep abuse quiet and when do we publicize the dangers?
What’s going on in the head of an abuser? Is he not worried about getting caught?
Why would followers of a Rabbi coverup his abuses?

11/18/22 - SHIUR 395 (31,322 Downloads)

Life Before Divorce – How do we stop the upward trend of divorce in our communities?

Does a wife have to take on her husband’s Chumros?
Should you be your spouse’s Mashgiach?
Is there a Mitzvah of כיבוד אב ואם when parents are meddling into the children’s lives?
If a Chosson or Kallah teacher taught incorrectly and it lead to divorce, are they obligated to pay for damages?
Why are there so many divorces these days?
Are they all frivolous or necessary?
Why are so many young people coming home so quickly? Are they immature, unwilling to put the work in?
When is it time for therapy and when is it time to give up on therapy?
Is therapy the problem or the solution?
What is the solution?
How can we stop this tidal wave?

11/10/22 - SHIUR 394 (21,884 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

“Being in the box” – have we made the “box” into a coffin? Is “the derech” too narrow?

What’s the definition of being on the “derech” and “in-the-box”?
How have those definitions changed over time?
Is the “derech” too narrow and the “box” too confining?
Does being “out-of-the box” violate Halacha or just societal expectations and norms?
Are there halachic requirements to: wear white shirts and black pants, always wear a hat, go into certain occupations, not play sports and music?

11/04/22 - SHIUR 393 (29,224 Downloads)

Hear from the wife of someone who has SSA – Is there life after divorce?

Is same sex attraction real? Hear about it in real life  with “Sara” – A wife of someone who has SSA

Can the mother have custody of the boys when the father has a Mitzvah to teach his children Torah?
Are you allowed to say Loshon Horah when asked Shidduch information about your ex- spouse?
Are you allowed to say the divorce wasn’t messy?
Can you hide your assets to give less alimony?
If a spouse is violating the divorce agreement and Beis Din can’t enforce it, are you allowed to go to secular court?
If one of the spouses goes off the Derech how should it be dealt with?
How are the ex-spouses supposed to communicate with each other?
If one of the spouses remarries, how do they walk down to the Chuppah?

10/27/22 - SHIUR 392 (25,548 Downloads)

Mental Health in Halacha – Learn how to recognize it and deal with it

How does Halacha view mental health?
Can you be Mechalel Shabbos?
How do deal with OCD and Mitzvah observance?
When someone comes to therapy and is saying lashon Horah or talking bad about parents is that a problem? Especially when the therapist is encouraging it.
Can you tell an eating disorder patient to eat on Yom Kippur?
What to say when it comes to Shidduchim and you have privileged information?
And much more…

10/19/22 - SHIUR 391 (20,968 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Do we need to be a shmata when dealing with difficult people?

What are some strategies and tactics for dealing with difficult people?
Can you reciprocate the negativity?
What if it’s your boss, Rabbi, Rosh Yeshiva or spouse?
When does the prohibition of hating someone apply? What if he earned the hatred? 
Do people get crankier when they get older?
How can someone tell if they are a difficult person?

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NY and Baltimore event
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10/06/22 - SHIUR 390 (28,820 Downloads)

The Kashrus scandal in the (non) Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan Revisited | The court’s decision regarding YU – What options do they have? | When a religous school hires a Transgender teacher what is their recourse? | Transgender in Halacha 

The Kashrus scandal in the (non) Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan Revisited – Is it Loshon Horah to discuss or a Mitzva?
The court’s decision regarding YU – What options do they have?
When a religous school hires a Trans teacher what is their recourse?
Transgender in Halacha

09/23/22 - SHIUR 389 (21,494 Downloads)

The Kashrus scandal in the (non) Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan | The New York State Board of Regents vote regarding Yeshivos

The Kashrus scandal in the Chinese Restaurant
Are our restaurants and Kosher establishments really Kosher?
What can we do to ensure that these incidents don’t happen again?

Yom Hadin comes early for our Yeshivos!!
The New York State Board of Regents vote
How are we supposed to look at it?
Hear both sides of the debate

09/19/22 - SHIUR 388 (19,178 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Quick Retirements – Should it be our goal to retire as quickly as possible? Is retirement a good idea?

Do you need to stop working when you have enough money to learn full time?
How should a wife handle the husband being around? What’s the impact on the children?
What happens when the husband traifs up the kitchen preparing his own lunch?
How much money do you need to save to retire?
When do you need to start planning for it?
What’s the impact of retirement on our health and memory?

09/02/22 - SHIUR 386 (19,648 Downloads)

Next year in Uman/Yerushalayim? Is it about time we brought up Reb Nachman’s Kever to Eretz Yisroel?

Should we be bringing up Reb Nachman to Eretz Yisroel? [The Halachic analysis of exhuming remains]
What is the mesorah in Breslov regarding bringing up Reb Nachman?
What did Reb Moshe Feinstein say about bringing Reb Nachman to Eretz Yisroel?
Do we really know which Kever is the Kever of Reb Nachman?
Is it permissible to go to Uman this year due to the war in Ukraine? Is it a dangerous place? Hear from boots on the ground
Hear fascinating history about bringing up Gedolim to Eretz Yisroel

08/25/22 - SHIUR 385 (17,742 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Back to School – Do we need to adhere to all school rules? If we don’t, can we sign the school handbook?

What is the purpose of having a school handbook?
Should the rules be realistic, or the ideal (but unrealistic) hopes of the school?
Can parents lie about not having internet, texting, smartphones, etc.?
What percentage of families violate school rules?
Why would a school have parents/students sign the handbook?

08/19/22 - SHIUR 384 (21,504 Downloads)

My child was not accepted into any school!!! School Acceptance Policies – Discrimination

Is having discriminatory school acceptance policies Halachically allowed?
What damage are we doing to our children?
Do we have a communal obligation to accept all children into schools?
Is there a difference between a boys school and a girls school?
Can schools force people to accept upon themselves Chumros, in order that their kids should be accepted?
Can schools claim they hold themselves to certain standards, if they overlook these standards for affluent members of the community?

08/12/22 - SHIUR 383 (22,624 Downloads)

DUI in Halacha

The alcohol epidemic in our community, what are the repercussions?
If a person gets arrested due to a DUI incident is there a Mitzva of Pidyon Shevuim?
If a person gives alcohol to legal minors, can he be held culpable?
Can a person be held accountable for giving excess drinks to adults?
Can a persom who gives alcohol to legal minors be turned over to the authorities?

A person who endangers the public can he be turned over to the authorities?
Hear an in-depth Halachic and legal analysis from renowned Rabbonim and lawyers

08/04/22 - SHIUR 382 (16,684 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Parenting – What makes “successful” children? What are common mistakes which should be avoided?

What are the most important character traits we should teach our children?
What’s the main challenge in raising children?
How do we teach kids how to wake up, and generally be independent?
How about to be compassionate and caring people?
How has parenting changed over the past 30 years?

07/29/22 - SHIUR 381 (25,840 Downloads)

The Warsaw Ghetto – The Uprising: Was it Halachically sanctioned? Hear from the grandson of Reb Menachem Zemba’s lookout

The history of the ghetto
Is it a form of Kiddush Hashem to go down fighting rather than getting killed passively?
Are you allowed to resist when you technically won’t win: Is it a form of suicide?
Are you causing others to get killed?
The controversy surrounding Reb Menachem Zemba’s view
Are leaders obligated not to abandon their flock or do thet have to leave to save their lives?

07/22/22 - SHIUR 380 (27,960 Downloads)

The Halachic Challenges of living at home with a non-religious child or spouse

If your spouse is irreligious, can she trusted to say she went to the Mikvah?
Can you allow your son to stay in your house if he insists on staying there with his girlfriend?
Can you eat from the food they bring you?
Do you have to be afraid they’ll make your oven, microwave, and dishes Treif?
If they cook is it Bishul Acu”m?
If they touch wine does it become Yayin Nesech?
Can you give them food and drink if they won’t wash their hands or make a Brocha?
Are they מצטרפף לזימון ?
What happens if they bring Chametz into your house on Pesach?
If the air conditioner shuts off on Shabbos and they turn it on do you have to leave the house?
If they turn on a light on Shabbos can you use that room?

07/15/22 - SHIUR 379 (15,232 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Yehoshua Wolfe

Beis Din in contemporary society

What type of cases come before Beis Din These days?
How does Beis din differ from an abitration panel?
What can you do to avoid Dinei Torah?
How are matrimonial cases (including Sholom Bayis) dealt with in Beis Din?
The role of lawyers and Toyanim in Beis Din

07/08/22 - SHIUR 378 (24,242 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

What should a wife do if she simply has had it with her husband? Plus, revisiting the “Surrendered Wife” and responding to those who complained about the earlier show

Are friends a replacement for a therapist?
What’s appropriate to discuss with friends, and what’s not?
How should a wife handle when her husband lives a lifestyle she does not approve of?
How should the husband handle his wife “being on his case”?
Can a non-Jewish book be used for Shalom Bayis?
Is there a Torah hashkafa in how to handle Shalom Bayis issues?
What if the wife is the problem?

07/01/22 - SHIUR 377 (27,712 Downloads)

The Court’s ruling: LGBTQIA clubs at Yeshiva University: What comes next?

When a Yeshiva is compelled by the government to take action that is K’Neged HaTorah, are they obligated to shut down in lieu of complying?
Does the Yeshiva have to split off from the University and re-open as a separate new and independent Yeshiva?
If the Yeshiva follows the government’s orders, is one permitted to continue teaching there?
Is the University institute permitted to remain open if it is forced to take action that is K’Neged HaTorah?
How should Orthodox Jewry as a whole react even if their own Yeshiva is not affected?
Is this reminiscent of the closing of Yeshivas Volozhin?

06/24/22 - SHIUR 376 (26,768 Downloads)

Mechitzas – When do we need one? + Music Part III (a supplement to the previous Shiurim)

Simchas:  Chupa, Chasuna, Sheva Brochos Do any of them need a Mechitza?
Does a concert need to have a Mechitza or is mixed seating/family seating allowed?
Why is a Mechitza not mentioned in Shulchan Aruch The only Charedi Yeshivah that has a music room

06/16/22 - SHIUR 375 (25,396 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

“Off MY Derech” (but still “On THE Derech”) – When children turn out more observant – or less observant – than their parents had hoped

What are the major areas of tension between parents and children regarding religious observance?
How should the issues be handled by both parent and child?
Are there differences between baalei tshuvah, modern orthodox and yeshivish in this regard?
Does Kibud Av Ve’eim mean that the child needs to fulfill the desires of the parents, even when the child disagrees?
Must children eat by parents when the children have stricter standards of Kashrus?
Can parents eat by children who have laxer standards?

06/07/22 - SHIUR 373 (22,780 Downloads)

The sound of Music Part I – Hear from the biggest names in Jewish Music

Hear a firsthand report how Reb Aharon Leib Steinman ZT”l encouraged concerts
Hear how music is keeping our youth from falling away How has Jewish music evolved over the years?
What makes a song Jewish?
What’s the point of music entertainment or inspiration? T
he new style of Jewish music – Is it Jewish?
Is the Jewish music style these days real or just a passing fad?

05/26/22 - SHIUR 372 (33,888 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Is tznius dressing all about insuring the men don’t look? Does overly strict enforcement in schools cause trauma for years to come?

Should a man/Rabbi teach tznius to girls?
Is it true that “Tzinus for women is just like Torah learning for men”?
What are the consequences of tznius PTSD on the girl, her family and her Avodas HaShem?
What’s the impact of social media and frum print media on how girls and women dress?
What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong? How can we improve?

05/20/22 - SHIUR 371 (30,430 Downloads)

Roe v. Wade revisited – Should we be debating it? | Impacts made by individuals – Recollections from the lives of Harav Nota Greenblatt Zt”l & Reb Zecharia Wallerstein Zt”l

The Chafetz Chaim on debates with Apikorsim
Hear about the man who preserved Kedushas Yisroel for the last seventy years

The Shidduch initiative – A glimpse into the life of Reb Zecharia Wallerstein

05/07/22 - SHIUR 369 (31,048 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

What makes a successful marriage? What are common mistakes that should be avoided?

What’s the most important ingredient to have a successful marriage?
What are significant issues that are easy to resolve? What are some common mistakes that spouses make?
What can boys and girls in Shidduchim – or even earlier – do to prepare for a successful marriage?
What should be done when a couple hits turbulence during marriage?
How to handle disagreements over: money, having additional children, conflicting minhagim, where to send kids to school and more

04/09/22 - SHIUR 366 (24,732 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Advertising by Tzedakah Organizations: Promises of health, nachas, shidduchim and parnassah – false advertising or needed yeshuos?

Do the halachos and secular laws regarding false advertising apply to organizations raising tzedakah?
Are promises by the charity a permitted form of advertising?
Should a charity require a minimum payment in order to get a beracha?
Is it better to daven for yourself, or have someone else daven for you?
Do the ends justify the means? Can puffery/manipulation be used in ads for the purpose of raising tzedakah for the genuinely needy?

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