Rav Mordechai Friedman

Rav Mordechai Friedman [YHE '78] has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1986. He is the Halacha Coordinator for the Virtual Beit Midrash, the Yeshiva's Internet Project. Rav Friedman studied under Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l at Yeshiva University in New York, graduating with a degree in Computer Sciences. He earned Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Mordechai Friedman A Selection of the More Practical Laws of Purim Halakhot of Purim
Rav Mordechai Friedman Discomfort as an Exemption from the Mitzva of Sukka Halakhot of the Sukka
Rav Mordechai Friedman Discomfort as an Exemption Part II Halakhot of the Sukka
Rav Mordechai Friedman The Nature and Timing of the Obligation of Tashbitu Masekhtot - Iyun (Gittin / Pesachim)
Rav Mordechai Friedman Shiur #7: Chuppa Masekhtot - Iyun (Gittin / Pesachim)
Rav Mordechai Friedman Shnayim Adukin Bi-Shtar In the context of the discussion of Shnayim adukin be-tallit (Bava Metzia 7a) (two people holding onto a garment, each claiming full ownership), the gemara introduces, by way of comparison, the case of Shnayim adukin bi-shtar. Masekhtot - Iyun (Gittin / Pesachim)
Rav Mordechai Friedman Tnai Kaful Masekhtot - Iyun (Gittin / Pesachim)
Rav Mordechai Friedman Yosef and Chanuka The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Mordechai Friedman Berakhot During a Meal Part 1 Blessings Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Berakhot During a Meal Part 2 Blessings Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Halakhic Challenges of Electronic Reproductions Modern Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Berakhot During a Meal Part 3 Blessings Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Permissible Use of Ma'aser Kesafim Monetary Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Kashering Plastic Food Utensils Kashrut Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Comments on Dishwashers Kashrut Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman The Sanctity of God's Name: Erasing Texts from a Computer Screen Modern Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Kitvei Kodesh Part 1 Kitvei kodesh have always traditionally been treated with the respect reserved for objects of sanctity. In this article we will focus on these texts, aside from the sanctity of God's name (kedushat shem Hashem). Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman Kitvei Kodesh Part 2 In the first installment of the discussion, we explored the basic nature of the sanctity of kitvei kodesh apart from shem Hashem. It is possible that their sanctity and related prohibitions are of a Torah level; however, it is more likely they are of Rabbinical origin. We asked: do these prohibitions stem from the inherent sanctity of the object (kedushat ha-cheftza) or solely from the object's symbolic content? In the second part of this article, we will discuss other issues that hinge on this query. Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman The Three Weeks and the Nine Days Tisha Be-Av Topics in Halakha
Rav Mordechai Friedman The Three Shabbat Meals Shabbat Topics in Halakha