Rav Assaf Bednarsh
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Rav Assaf Bednarsh Shiur #26: Natural Morality (2) In continuation of our discussion of natural morality in our previous shiur, in this shiur, we will examine what one is supposed to do when faced with a contradiction between natural morality and Halakha. The story of akeidat Yitzchak is one example of this dilemma. We will consider the approaches of the Eish Kodesh and Yeshayahu Leibowitz, on the one hand, and R. Kook and R. Lichtenstein, on the other. Topics in Hashkafa
Rav Assaf Bednarsh Shiur #27: Ta’amei Ha-Mitzvot Are there reasons for the mitzvot? In this shiur, we will discuss four different approaches to this question and examine how each interprets the sources in Chazal on this point. Topics in Hashkafa
Rav Assaf Bednarsh Shiur #28: Ta’amei Ha-Mitzvot (2) In the previous shiur, we analyzed a dispute between Rashi, on the one hand, and Rambam and Ramban, on the other, regarding whether there are reasons for the commandments. In this shiur, we will examine three practical implications of this dispute in the intellectual, psychological, and practical realm. Topics in Hashkafa
Rav Assaf Bednarsh Shiur #29: Chumra Chumra is defined as practicing Halakha in a fashion more stringent than absolutely necessary based on the Halakha. Why would anyone act in a way that is more stringent than necessary? What is the place of stringency in our halakhic practice? In this shiur, we discuss several justifications for chumra in the teachings of Chazal, as well as a number of potential pitfalls. Topics in Hashkafa
Rav Assaf Bednarsh Shiur #30: Chumra (part 2) In the previous shiur, we elucidated the benefits and dangers of the practice of chumra (stringency). We concluded that chumra is a commendable way to enhance one's service of God, but at the same time one must be wary of possible detrimental side effects, particularly in the realm of bein adam le-chaveiro. How, then, are we supposed to negotiate a world in which some people are more stringent and others more lenient, without impugning either the legitimacy of those who are machmir or the religiosity of those who are meikil? Topics in Hashkafa

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