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04/09/22 - SHIUR 366 (24,740 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?

03/25/22 - SHIUR 364 (26,210 Downloads)

UKRAINE – NAZI GERMANY: Do we hold on to last generations atrocities, or do we let go? | REB CHAIM KANIEVSKY ZT”L, Hear from the inside

UKRAINE
Do we Daven for their success or do we remember…
The massacres: The Cossacks ת”ח ות”ט , Massacre of Uman 1768, Odessa Pogrom 1821, 1851, 1871, 1905, Kiev pogrom 1881, 1905, Mass killing of Jews during Russian civil war 1918-1923.Collaboration of Ukrainians with the Nazis killing 900,000 Jews during World War II – Massacres and mass shootings of: Bila Tserkva, Odessa, Babi Yar, Dniepropetrovsk, Drobytsky Yar, Feodosiya, Ivano-Frankovsk, Kamenets-Podolskiy, Klevan, Lviv, Lwów professors, Mezhirichi, Mizoch, Nikolaev, Olyka, Pliskov, Terebovl, Zhytomyr
GERMANY
Would you buy a Mercedes or BMW?
The Germans killed out half of the Jewish people…
Are grandchildren accountable for their grandparents’ sins?

Reb Chaim Kanievsky Zt”l: Hear personal stories from inside his house

03/12/22 - SHIUR 363 (33,740 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Tznius for men – skin-tight pants, bicycle clothing, blue shirts, colorful socks and more

Why do women get hammered to dress modestly, while some men walk around with tight shorts and tank tops?
What about super tight-fitting pants?
White shirts vs. blue shirts?
No socks? Colorful socks?
Tight-fitting bike clothing?
How do standards change over time?
What about other areas of Tznius?
Living above your means? Driving a car you can’t afford?

02/25/22 - SHIUR 360 (20,950 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Pesach Lerner

An eye on Eretz Yisroel – Answer the call

The battles against Yiddishkeit that are going on, and how you can make a difference
The battle against the Kosel
Chizuk from his life and the life of his wife – giving over her last will and testament to Klal Yisroel with Jonathan Pollard
Join American Jewry in the battle – One Kosel Campaign
Preserving Har Hazeisim
On the political front
What was done, what’s being done and the goals for the future

02/11/22 - SHIUR 358 (44,192 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Lavish Living, private planes and extravagance; flaunting wealth and building larger homes than others in your community – what’s okay and what’s not?

“Boys only” vacations, female personal trainers for men
“Business trips” to Vegas and Atlantic City
Conventions and conferences away from home
Earning quick money from loan sharking and other unclean sources
Can a wife trust her husband when he travels

01/28/22 - SHIUR 356 (27,286 Downloads)

Who owns a yeshivah? Who owns a Shul?

Who owns the money of a Yeshivah?
Can a Rosh Yeshivah sell his Yeshivah in America and relocate the Yeshivah to Eretz Yisroel?
Does the administration have a right to pocket the money if the Yeshivah folds, or does the money have to be given to another Yeshivah ?
Does the donor get back his money or get to decide where the money goes?
Do the legal laws of nonprofits apply to Yeshivos – Dina d’Malchusa Dina?
Can a Rosh Yeshivah take a severance package? How much? Is 21 million dollars too much?
What happened by the dispute of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s libary

01/07/22 - SHIUR 353 (51,784 Downloads)

Don’t waste a tragedy; Chaim Walder exposé and death

Is it true? Testimony from an independent 3rd party
Was Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu correct to expose CW or was his process flawed? Some of the halchik problems; Listening to testimony without the accused present, CW desire to go to another bes din, listening to עד מפי עד
Is there a problem of lashon hara or malbin pnai chavairo? Can the books be used?
Are rabbonim listening to the victims? Is the sympathy with the victims or the perpetrators?
Is Israeli society getting the message? Should a suicide get a mass funeral and nichum availim from the chief rabbi?

01/01/22 - SHIUR 352 (26,108 Downloads)

Living in a new world – Security Cameras everywhere

Can cameras be used for Hashgachos / Cholov Yisrael?
Do we still need on site Mashgiachim?
Security cameras around homes and shuls; does it create a problem entering / walking by on Shabbos?
Can you use a camera to monitor an elderly parent who’s in quarantine / in the hospital on Shabbos?
Can you use a nanny cam or baby monitor on Shabbos?

12/04/21 - SHIUR 348 (26,524 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Why do some people lie, or cover up information, when being a shidduch reference? What happens when information is not disclosed and the couple gets married?

What needs to be disclosed (e.g., having a colorful background, health problems, addictions)?
When and by whom?
How should we respond to shidduch inquiries when asked?
Should references disclose everything? Can they lie?
Are people typically lax in disclosing?
Do certain segments of Judaism fail to disclose more than others?
Can things be patched up when problems are discovered after marriage?

11/27/21 - SHIUR 347 (33,778 Downloads)

Yiddishkeit and The Modern World – should we embrace it or remain insular?

Internet – kosher phones or iphones?
Science – Should the big bang scare us?
Kosher Entertainment – Bad influence or another way to engage with our children?
Modern Clothing and Sheitels – Has Tznius gotten too lax?
Education – Secular education or just Gemara?
How have we handled modernity in the past (a historical perspective)?
Have we succeeded?

11/20/21 - SHIUR 346 (28,576 Downloads)

When a Chassidus splits…

What’s the Halacha:
Can a child be thrown out of school because of a parent switching affiliations?
Is there an obligation to the child, or is a Yeshivah like any other private corporation that can do what it wants?
Can a wife be fired because of her husband’s actions?
If parents sign a document not to change affiliations, is it binding on the child?
How much damage is caused to a child when he/she is thrown out of school?
Historically, what effect does a Chassidus splitting have on family structure?

10/31/21 - SHIUR 343 (23,926 Downloads)

Take a dip into the Halachos of Mikvaos

Mikvaos for men: Is there any source for going to the Mikvah every day? Did the Tanoim, Amoraim and Rishonim go? How about on Erev Shabbos? Are you allowed to go to a hot Mikvah on Shabbos? What about a cold Mikvah on Shabbos?
People who are far away from a Mikvah, can they use the ocean or rivers?
What does it really cost to build a Mikvah? How do you build one?
Hear the fascinating story of the discovery of the Rashab’s Mikvah – The first Mikvah in the world built with a Bor Al Gabei Bor

 

10/09/21 - SHIUR 340 (22,986 Downloads)

The Sandwich Generation – Balancing taking care of elderly parents and children, Estate planning, Health Proxy

Should you take elderly parents in your home or place them in a nursing home?
Are you obligated to take care of your parents at the expense of your children?
Do you have to take off from work to tend a parent’s need?
When you’re taking care of a parent, are you exempt from all Mitzvos?
Is there a Chiyuv Kibbud Av to a comatose parent? 

10/02/21 - SHIUR 339 (32,882 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Should a husband always give in to his wife’s requests? Is the husband always to blame when there are Shalom Bayis problems? Can we change our spouses when something bothers us?

Are any deficiencies a husband sees in his wife really his own deficiencies, as claimed in the Garden of Peace?
Should a husband ever remark, comment, or criticize his wife? What about for a gross misdeed?
What issues do husbands complain about in their wives and vice versa?
Is there anything that can be done?

09/04/21 - SHIUR 337 (20,000 Downloads)

Sukkos Part 1 – How to shop for the Daled Minim, How to make a Sukkah, The Mitzvah of sitting in a Sukkah

What to look for when buying an Esrog? What’s the minimum to be Yotzei and what’s a Hiddur? What’s the difference between the different types of Esrogim? What does the Hechsher on the Esrog box mean? and much more…

What to be careful about when making a Sukkah? What mats are Kosher for Schach? What to do if your mat rolled up on Yom Tov? Can you go on a trip to a place that doesn’t have a Sukkah? Is someone who’s sleeping obligated in the Mitzvah of Sukkah? and much more…

08/28/21 - SHIUR 336 (28,098 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Shidduch Research – How much should be researched before agreeing to a shidduch?

What’s researched in advance by the parents, and what’s left for the boy and girl to figure out?
What specific questions should be asked? What can’t be asked? What must be asked? Who should – and should not – be asked?

07/31/21 - SHIUR 332 (26,320 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Should birthdays be celebrated? Is having a birthday cake and candles a problem of Chukos Hagoyim? Can they be blown out?

Is a birthday a day to celebrate? If so, how?
Are there more significant birthdays, like the 70th?
How should Jonathan Rosenblum celebrate his 70th this week?
Have the gedolim historically celebrated their own birthdays?
Is there a problem of Chukas Hagoyim to have a birthday cake? To have candles on it? To blow out the candles? To make a wish?

07/24/21 - SHIUR 331 (32,432 Downloads)

Are we preparing our children properly for marriage? The Message of Tu B’Av

Hear from the experts
Why is the divorce rate in our communities escalating at an alarmimg rate? -Hear the astonishing numbers
Should something be added in our children’s school curriculum to better prepare them?
How to deal with a spouse that has changed? and much more…

07/17/21 - SHIUR 330 (23,832 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Har Habayis – Can we enter Har Habayis nowadays? If not, what should be done with it?

Which poskim prohibit entering the Temple Mount and why? Which permit?
Do politics come into play?
Which areas are less problematic?
How would one prepare?
Are we missing out on any mitzvahs by not going?
What do the gedolim say to do with Har Habayis?

06/19/21 - SHIUR 327 (36,638 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Female Rabbis – A problem of Halacha, Mesorah, or even worse?

Is there a problem with giving “semicha” to a woman?
Can a woman be a shul or community rabbi?
Can a shul with a woman rabbi call itself “orthodox”?
What if she’s called Rabbah, Maharat, etc. instead of being called “Rabbi”?
What’s the line between what’s acceptable and what’s not?
Can a woman pasken shaylos?

06/05/21 - SHIUR 325 (27,248 Downloads)

The great Techeilis Debate – Hear from the Gedolei Hador and Gedolei Haposkim

Do we know what the Techeilis is – Is it the murex or the cuttlefish?
Are you obligated to wear it because of Safek? 

05/08/21 - SHIUR 321 (20,290 Downloads) Hosted By: Rabbi Ari Wasserman

Are there Halachic ways to eliminate debt?

Are there heterim to not repay debt?
What if it’s owed to a credit card company, bank or government, as opposed to a Jewish lender or gmach?
What must be disclosed when taking out a loan?
Is it better to learn in Kollel and incur debt, or to get a job?
Can a creditor force the debtor to sell his home and other assets?
Does halacha ever
cap the amount of debt we can incur? 

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