Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (5776)
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שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Educational Programming Which Can Lead to Shabbat Desecration Informal Jewish educational work often demands dealing with situations that are complex halakhically, spiritually and socially. A common problem arises when arranging Shabbat educational programs for participants who are not Shabbat observant.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Essence of the Mitzva of Mila In today's lecture, we shall deal with two fundamental questions regarding the mitzva of mila.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Tzedaka in Eretz Yisrael and in Chutz La-Aretz Eretz Yisrael. The Ramban appears to have found it difficult that the Torah would mention Eretz Yisrael – "be-artzekha" (in your land) – in the context of the mitzva of tzedaka, which undoubtedly applies everywhere, including in the Diaspora...
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Tzedaka in Eretz Yisrael and in Chutz La-Aretz Part 2 of 2 Eretz Yisrael. Having reached this point, we may perhaps go one step further and suggest that the precedence taken by the residents of Eretz Yisrael evolves from neither their personal connection to the giver, nor their stature as "ba'alei ma'aseh," but rather a third element...
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Responsibilities of the Recipient of Charity To what degree and by what means should we press for the increased participation of the recipient of aid, and to what extent is it possible to condition the extension of assistance on his readiness to share the burden? Regarding this point, opinions differ, and Judaism’s position on the matter must be clarified.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Responsibilities of the Recipient of Charity Part 2 Continuation of article by Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Can a Child Light Chanuka Candles for a Household? Chanuka. "Now that we have determined that the lighting fulfills the mitzva, if a deaf-mute, mentally disabled person, or minor lit it, he has accomplished nothing." Regarding the lighting of Chanuka candles, the Gemara does not clarify whether any distinction exists between a child who has reached the age of chinukh (training in mitzvot) and a child below the age of chinukh. Seemingly, the absence of any explicit distinction in the Gemara indicates that this rule applies to all minors...
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Regarding a Blind Person's Obligation in Mitzvot (Part I) Chanuka. Mitzvot. The law regarding a blind person's obligation to light Chanuka candles is mentioned neither in the Gemara nor, to the best of my knowledge, by the Rishonim. Leading Acharonim have dealt with the issue based on a responsum of the Maharshal who raised the question, some agreeing with his fundamental position and others rejecting it. It seems, however, that the final word has not yet been said, and that there is still room for further discussion. I, therefore, present the issue for renewed consideration.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Chametz Shel Hekdesh The gemara (Pesachim 5b) quotes a beraita which derives from pesukim that one is forbidden to see one's OWN chametz, but permitted to see that of others' (i.e., non-Jews) and of hekdesh (i.e., that which has been consecrated to the Beit Ha-mikdash).
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Regarding a Blind Person's Obligation in Mitzvot (Part II) Chanuka. Mitzvot. In part one, we ended with the question regarding the nature of a blind person's exemption from mitzvot, whether it is based on a leniency or on a deficiency in da'at.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Regarding a Blind Person's Obligation in Mitzvot (Part III) Chanuka. Mitzvot. We ended the last installment of this shiur, with a discussion of a blind person's obligation to light from the position of the Sages. We surveyed various views of the Rishonim as to the relationship between seeing and lighting Chanuka candles. We now continue this discussion.]
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Birkat Ha-Gomel The verses upon which the Gemara bases the laws governing Birkhat Ha-Gomel are taken from Tehilim 107, where the verse "Let them give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy, and for His wonderful works to the children of men" is repeated several times.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Birkat Ha-Gomel (II) In the previous lecture, we dealt with the various cases in which a person is obligated to recite Birkat Ha-Gomel. We saw the various opinions among the Rishonim regarding the question whether the blessing is recited only in cases where a person safely emerged from a situation of real danger or even in cases of lesser danger. We showed that the disagreement on this issue depends on the nature of Birkat Ha-Gomel: Is the blessing recited over rescue from danger, or over a situation that could have developed into danger.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Mentioning Shem and Malkhut in Blessings Blessings. A well-known dispute exists between Rav and Rabbi Yochanan concerning the basic text required in any berakha (blessing).
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Laws Dependent Upon the Land of Israel Israel. Our objective in this lecture is to provide an overview of Seder Zera'im and the main topics discussed therein.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Prolonging Prayer Prayer. This week's lecture will deal with Chazal's attitude towards prolonging prayer. We shall also touch upon some of the ramifications of this issue in our day.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Reflections Upon Birkot HaTorah (Part 1 of 2) Not surprisingly, few texts are as pregnant with concepts central to the definition of a yeshiva and its goals as birkot ha-Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Reflections Upon Birkot HaTorah (Part 2 of 2) If this concept (of the intertwining of norm and yearning) is elucidated through the substance and sequence of entire berakhot, others are expressed via specific phrases or even a single word; and, of these, several may be noted. One is the term "lishmah" with which - in most current readings, although not, inter alia, the Rambam's - the body of "ve-ha'arev na" concludes.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Mitzvot of the Festivals - Part 1: Simchat Yom Tov Holidays. Simchat Yom Tov
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Mitzvot of the Festivals - Part 2 The Effect of Individual Mitzvot Upon the Character of the Festival Holidays. Until know we have dealt with the mitzva of simcha which relates to Yom Tov and its sanctity in general. It would seem, however, that we may advance a similar approach with regard to the individual mitzvot of every festival.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Need for a Quorum of Ten for Megila Reading Purim. Torah Reading. In this shiur, we shall deal with the communal dimension of megila reading, against the backdrop of the Gemara in Megila 5a.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Owning Chametz: Lo Yera'eh and Lo Yimatzeh Pesach. The Torah states two different prohibitions forbidding the possession of chametz during Pesach.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Shimur Matza Rava states (Pesachim 40a) that it is a mitzva to pre-wash the grain that one intends to use for baking matza (letita). This is based on the pasuk (Shemot 12:17): "U-SHEMARTEM et ha-matzot - And you shall GUARD the matzot" (ensuring that they do not become chametz).
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Forbidden Matza Irrespective of any practical applications, the issue in and of itself touches upon a number of important and fundamental principles regarding the laws of chametz and matza...
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "Shaving in Honor of Shabbat During the Omer" Sefira. Shaving. Our earliest sources make no mention of a ban on haircuts during Sefirat ha-Omer (the days between Pesach and Shavuot). The Ritz Giat, for example, refers only to marria
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Avoiding Emergency Shabbat Violation Shabbat. How much must one do before Shabbat to minimize Shabbat desecration? We know that on Shabbat one must do whatever possible to save a life - "pikuach nefesh" (Yoma 84 and elsewhere) - when a situation presents itself unexpectedly. However, what if one knows in advance that he or she will have to encounter pikuach nefesh situations on Shabbat?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Prohibition of Leaving Eretz Yisrael Several sources imply that one is forbidden to leave Eretz Israel for Chutz La-aretz. The Gemara in Ketubot 111a relates...
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Individual Rights in Halakha We have gathered here to discuss the rights of the individual under Halakhic, American, and Israeli law. I have been asked to describe the Halakhic approach.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Does Involvement in Torah Study Exempt One from Mitzvot? (Part 1 of 2) It is commonly assumed that the exemption from mitzvot (on the basis of involvement in another mitzva) takes effect only with regard to someone involved in a mitzva act – but not to one involved in Torah study.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Does Involvement in Torah Study Exempt One from Mitzvot? Part 2 It is commonly assumed that the exemption from mitzvot (on the basis of involvement in another mitzva) takes effect only with regard to someone involved in a mitzva act – but not to one involved in Torah study. Part 2 of this essay.

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