Rav David Brofsky
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Rav David Brofsky Deriving Benefit from the Chanuka Lights Why are we not allowed to derive benefit from the Chanuka candles, and what are the parameters of this prohibition? Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky When, Where and How to Read the Megilla The Gemara (Megilla 5a) discusses whether the Megilla, when read during its proper time, may be read privately, without a quorum... Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky The Berakhot Recited Before and After Megilla Reading The Megilla reading is preceded by three berakhot: the birkat ha-mitzva (“al mikra megilla”), the birkat ha-nissim (“she-asa nissim”), and the birkat ha-zman (“she-hechiyanu”). Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky The Purim Meal Mordekhai called Purim “days of feasting of gladness,” from which we derive that there is an obligation to eat a festive meal on Purim. This shiur explores the parameters of this mitzva. Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky Is Purim a Yom Tov? An Analysis of Simchat Purim A close look at the Megilla reveals that the nature and content of this new holiday appears to have evolved from one form of a Yom Tov to another. In this shiur, we will trace the evolution of Purim as a Yom Tov and attempt to understand the unique nature of Simchat Purim. Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky When Do We Blow the Shofar and Why? Why do we blow shofar before, during and after the Amida? Which of these is the main fulfillment of the mitzva? And what is the connection between shofar and prayer? Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky The Mitzva to Dwell in a Sukka: Contrasting the First Night and the Rest of the Festival In determining the nature of the mitzva to dwell in the sukka, we must first distinguish between the first night and the rest of the Festival. The gemara (Sukka 27a) cites a debate between R. Eliezer and the Sages regarding how often one must eat in the sukka. Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky Interference with Sekhakh from Above and Below What is the optimal thickness of sekhakh – should one be able to see the stars through it? May it protect the sukka from rain and falling leaves? What if it allows in more sunlight than shade, and what if is under another sukka or under a tree? Finally, what are the laws of the sukka decorations and when do they interfere with the sekhakh? Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky Building the Sukka Must a sukka be built with “intention” (kavana) to be a sukka, or at least to provide shade? Who may build a sukka? What is the sanctity of the sukka and what are its practical ramifications? Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky The Laws of Tisha Be-Av The beraita (Ta’anit 30a) teaches that “all the restrictions that apply to the mourner apply on Tisha Be-Av; eating, drinking, bathing, anointing, the wearing of shoes and marital relations, are forbidden thereon.” Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky Celebrating Yom Ha-atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim On the fifth of Iyar, 5708 (May 14, 1948), three years after the conclusion of World War II and the destruction of European Jewry, including the murder of six million Jews, fifty-one years after the First Zionist Congress, and close to two thousand years after the destruction of the second Beit Ha-mikdash, David Ben-Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel, based upon the UN Partition Plan (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181) approved on November 29, 1947. Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky The Afflictions of Yom Kippur: What is Forbidden and to Whom? The mishna (Yoma 73b) mentions five afflictions observed on Yom Kippur: the prohibitions of eating, washing, anointing, wearing leather shoes, and engaging in marital relations. Holiday Packages
Rav David Brofsky Kol Nidrei and the Repentance of Yom Kippur The Laws of Festivals
Rav David Brofsky The Laws and Practices of Erev Yom Kippur The Laws of Festivals
Rav David Brofsky Laws of the Conclusion of Yom Kippur The Laws of Festivals
Rav David Brofsky Chanuka: The Reasons to Celebrate and the Nature of the Laws Throughout Chanuka, we praise God both in the daily Shemona Esrei prayer and in Birkat Ha-mazon for the miracle wrought during the Hasmonean rebellion against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king of Syria, in 165 BCE. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav David Brofsky Fear and Joy: The Experience of Rosh Ha-shana The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Rav David Brofsky The Customs of Shavuot The Meaning of Shavuot
Rav David Brofsky The Mitzva of Shofar Blowing: Its Reason and Nature Topics in Halakha
Rav David Brofsky Physical Characteristics of the Shofar Topics in Halakha
Rav David Brofsky The Laws of the Shofar Topics in Halakha
Rav David Brofsky Inebriation on Purim The Gemara famously says that one must become inebriated on Purim, but then it cites a story that seems to contradict this. Sages throughout the ages have offered a variety of approaches to explain this.

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