The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Introduction to Berakhot
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Mentioning God's Name (Shem) and His Kingship (Malkhut) This week, we will discuss the centrality of Shem and Malkhut in the matbe’a ha-berakha (the blessing formula).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #03: Changes to the Matbe'a Ha-Berakha
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #04: Berakha Le-Vatala
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #05: The Nature of Birkot Ha-Nehenin
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #06: Netilat Yadayim
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #07: Netilat Yadayim (2)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #08: Netilat Yadayim (3)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #09: Netilat Yadayim (4)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #10: Netilat Yadayim (5)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #11: Netilat Yadayim (6)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #12: Netilat Yadayim (7)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #13: Netilat Yadayim (8): The Laws of Chatzitza for Netilat Yadayim
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #14: Netilat Yadayim (9)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #15: Talking Between Netilat Yadayim and Ha-motzi This week, we will discuss whether one may talk or interrupt between washing the hands (netilat yadayim) and reciting the blessing over the bread (ha-motzi).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #16: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (1)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #17: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (2)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #18: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (3)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #19: Betzi'at Ha-Pat (4)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #20: Birkat Ha-Motzi Definition of Bread Pat Ha-Ba’ah Be-Kisanin (1) In the upcoming weeks, we will focus on the blessing recited over bread, “ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz” (birkat ha-motzi).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #21: Birkat Ha-Motzi The Definition of Bread Pat Ha-Ba’ah Be-Kisanin (2) Last week, we began our study of the birkat ha-pat, birkat ha-motzi. We explained that we will divide our discussion of birkat ha-motzi into three parts: Pat ha-ba’ah be-kisanin (grain-based baked products upon which one generally recites borei minei mezonot unless they are eaten as a meal), hafka’at shem lechem (circumstances in which bread is transformed into a food upon which one no longer recites the blessing of ha-motzi), and foods upon which one always says borei minei mezonot, even if eaten as the basis of a meal (pasta, pancakes, etc.).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #22: Birkat Ha-Motzi Kevi’at Se’uda Pat Ha-Ba’ah Be-Kisanin (3) Last week, we learned that the Talmud (Berakhot 42a) rules that when pat ha-ba’ah be-kisanin is eaten as the basis of a meal, one recites Ha-Motzi before and Birkat Ha-Mazon after eating.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #23: Birkat Ha-Motzi Troknin and Tarita Birkat Ha-Motzi and Mezonot The upcoming shiurim will focus on other foods that are not considered to be bread, whose appropriate blessing is therefore Borei Minei Mezonot. Furthermore, as we shall see, some of these foods are so dissimilar to bread that even if they are eaten as the basis of a meal, one still says Borei Minei Mezonot upon eating.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #24: Birkat Ha-Motzi Birkat Ha-Motzi and Mezonot (2) After dedicating our first few shiurim to defining pat ha-ba’ah be-kisanin, upon which one recites the blessing of Borei Minei Mezonot unless it is eaten as the basis of one’s meal, last week we discussed two other types of foods: teronin and tarita.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #25: Birkat Ha-Motzi When Bread Loses its Status as Bread This week, we will discuss whether bread can lose its status as bread, and we will relate to the proper blessings for breadcrumbs, matza brei, French toast, and kneidlach.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #26: Summary of the Definition of Lechem and Practical Applications This week, we will summarize the basic principles defining “lechem” that we have studied in great depth over the past few weeks.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #27: The Blessing of Mezonot This week, we will begin a new unit in our study of the laws of berakhot: the laws and details of each of the blessings said before eating.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #28 The Blessing of Borei Peri Ha-Gafen and Using Cooked Wine and Grape Juice for Kiddush This week, we will discuss the blessing of Borei Peri Ha-Gafen, the blessing recited before drinking wine.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #29 The Blessing Before Fruits and Vegetables (1) Borei Peri Ha-Etz and Borei Peri Ha-Adama The mishna (Berakhot 35a) teaches that there are two blessings designated for “fruit.”
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Shiur #30: The Blessing Before Fruits and Vegetables (2) Borei Peri Ha-Etz and Borei Peri Ha-Adama This week, we will begin our discussion of fruits and vegetables which changed in form and shape.

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