The Laws of Berakhot
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Rav David Brofsky Shiur #50: Mayim Acharonim and Other Preparations for Birkat Ha-Mazon This week, we will begin our study of the blessings said after eating bread, known as the Birkat Ha-Mazon. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #51: Kos Shel Birkat Ha-Mazon This week, we will discuss the Kos Shel Birkat Ha-Mazon. We will discuss if and when one should say the Birkat Ha-Mazon over a cup of wine. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur on Zimun (6 Installments Combined) The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #52: Zimun (1) In this shiur, we begin our discussion of the Birkat Ha-Zimun, the berakha recited before Birkat Ha-Mazon when three or more people have eaten together. We will discuss the nature of the obligation and under which circumstances it applies. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #53: Zimun (2) In this shiur, we will continue our discussion of the Birkat Ha-Zimun, specifically focusing on the permissibility of leaving a meal before a zimun takes place. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #54: Zimun (3) Women and Zimun In this shiur, we will discuss women's obligation in zimun. May women join in a zimun of men? May or should women form their own zimun when three or more eat together? If women eat with men, are they obligated to respond to the men's zimun? The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #55: Zimun (4) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the laws of the zimun, specifically focusing on whether a child may join to form a zimun. We also touch upon the question of if and when a child is counted towards a minyan of ten. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #56: Zimun (5) Can a Non-Observant Jew Join a Zimun? In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the laws of the zimun, specifically focusing on the question of whether a non-observant Jew may be counted as part of a zimun. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #57: Customs and Halakhic Quandaries on Shavuot This week, we will take a short break from our study of the laws of berakhot in order to address food and berakhot-related halakhic issues that arise on the Festival of Shavuot, specifically due to the custom to eat dairy food and the custom to remain awake all night learning. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #58: Zimun (6) - The Mezamen This week, we will discuss whether certain people precede others in leading the zimun. We will also discuss the formula of the Birkat Ha-Zimun and its development throughout the years. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #59: Birkat Ha-Mazon (1) In this shiur, we begin our study of the laws of Birkat Ha-Mazon. Over which foods is this blessing recited? How much food must be eaten in order to become obligated? And what is the nature of women's obligation in this mitzva? The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #60: Birkat Ha-Mazon (2) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the Birkat Ha-Mazon, focusing on the text of the blessings and their status, other themes that must be included, and the propriety of singing the Shabbat zemer Tzur Mi-Shelo. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #61: Birkat Ha-Mazon In this shiur, we will discuss the Biblical and Rabbinic obligations to recite the Birkat Ha-Mazon. When is one obligated to recite it? Who is obligated? And what must be included in the Birkat Ha-Mazon in order to fulfill the obligation? The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #62: Birkat Ha-Mazon (2) - Insertions In this shiur, we will discuss the halakhot relating to the special insertions made to Birkat Ha-Mazon on Shabbat and festivals. Where are these insertions made? What is the halakha if they are inadvertently omitted? Should an insertion be made if the meal begins on one day and ends on another? The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #63: Birkat Ha-Mazon (3) – The Manner of Reciting the Birkat Ha-Mazon In this shiur, we will conclude our discussion of Birkat Ha-Mazon, as we study the laws relating to the manner in which the Birkat Ha-Mazon should be recited. We will first discuss whether and when one may interrupt while saying Birkat Ha-Mazon. We will then discuss how Birkat Ha-Mazon should be said with the proper intention, while sitting, in the place in which one ate, and whether one who left and forgot to say Birkat Ha-Mazon must return in order to say the blessings. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky ​Shiur #64: Birkot Ha-Rei’ach In this shiur, we will discuss the Birkot Ha-Rei'ach, the blessings recited upon smelling a pleasant fragrance. We will study the circumstances in which the different blessings are recited, as well as those in which they are not recited. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #65: Birkot Ha-Mitzvot In this shiur, we begin our study of the birkot ha-mitzva, the blessings recited upon performing a mitzva. What is the role of these berakhot and why are they recited specifically "over le-asiyatan"? How does this rule apply to specific mitzvot? The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #66: Birkot Ha-Mitzvot (2) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the birkot ha-mitzva, the blessings recited before the performance of a mitzva. What is the proper formula for this blessing? We will discuss the two possibilities and how the Rishonim explained when each is used. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #67: Birkot Ha-Mitzvot (3) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the Birkot Ha-Mitzva. Specifically, we will discuss whether the Birkot Ha-Mitzva are recited when there is technically no obligation to perform the mitzva. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #68: Birkot Ha-Mitzvot (4) Birkat Ha-Mitzva over a Minhag In this shiur, we discuss whether a birkat ha-mitzva should be recited over the performance of a custom. Some authorities rule that no berakha is recited, and we will study their reasons for this ruling. Others rule that a berakha should be recited over some customs, and we will analyze under which circumstances this ruling applies. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky ​Shiur #69: Birkot Ha-Mitzvot (5) The Laws of Hefsek (Interruptions) for Birkot Ha-Mitzva In this shiur, we will discuss the halakhot of hefsek (interruptions) as they relate to the birkot ha-mitzvot. What constitutes a hefsek and when must one repeat the berakha? The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #70: Birkot Ha-Mitzvot (6) The Laws of Hefsek (Interruptions) in Birkot Ha-Mitzva (2) This week we finish our study of birkot ha-mitzvot. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Birkot Ha-Mitzvot Six Installments Combined The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #71: Birkot Ha-Shevach Abnormal Creatures and Beautiful Creations In this shiur, we will begin our study of the birkot ha-sevach. We will focus on the berakhot recited upon seeing unusual natural phenomena - meshaneh ha-briyot and barukh dayan ha-emet, depending on the circumstances. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #72: Birkot Ha-Shevach (2) Berakhot Over the Forces of Nature In this shiur, we continue our study of the Birkot Ha-Shevach, focusing on the blessings recited upon experiencing thunder and lightning. The Laws of Berakhot (Semester 3)

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