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Practical Halachah on the Laws of Shabbat

Learn the practical laws and customs to properly observe the Shabbat with renowned halachic expert Rabbi Yosef Shusterman. Presented is a comprehensive series of fifteen-minute lessons on applying Jewish law related to Shabbat in a clear and to-the-point style.

Practical Halachah: Kiddush
The Laws of Shabbat
Learn the laws and customs to properly perform the mitzvah of Kiddush on Shabbat, wherein we sanctify the holiest day of the week.
Practical Halachah: Kiddush and the Meal
The Laws of Shabbat
Learn the laws and customs to properly perform the mitzvah of Kiddush on Shabbat, for example covering the challah before Kiddush, the meal that must immediately follow kiddush, and reciting kiddush again for others.
Practical Halachah: Havdalah
The Laws of Shabbat
Learn the laws and customs to properly perform the mitzvah of reciting Havdalah over a cup of wine at the conclusion of Shabbat, wherein we separate the holy from the mundane.
Practical Halachah: Shabbat Candles
The Laws of Shabbat
Learn the laws and customs to properly perform the mitzvah of lighting candles for Shabbat.
Practical Halachah: The Definition of Work
The Laws of Shabbat
On Shabbat we abstain from creative work. In this introductory class we learn how work is defined and classified with respect to the biblical obligation to rest on the Sabbath.
Practical Halachah: Rabbinic Prohibitions
The Laws of Shabbat
On Shabbat we abstain from creative work. In this introductory class we learn some of the underlying principles for rabbinic prohibition on Shabbat with examples to illustrate their practical application.
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 1
The Definition of Biblical Cooking
On Shabbat we abstain from 39 general categories of creative work. In this class we discuss the prohibition of cooking on Shabbat. Learn what constitutes the biblical ‘melachah’ (prohibited work) of cooking on Shabbat (called bishul), and its underlying principles and practical application. This includes defining the level of heat that’s capable of cooking (for solids and for liquids), and the different levels of ‘vessels’ (keli rishon, keli sheni etc.).
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 2
Different Levels of Hot Vessels
In this class we discuss the prohibition of cooking on Shabbat, and learn some of the underlying principles and their practical application. This includes concepts related to the different levels of vessels (keli rishon and keli sheni).and pouring from a hot vessel (iruy). Learn how it practically applies to preparing a tea, and a bowl of soup and the serving ladle. We also introduce the principle of ‘cooking after cooking’.
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 3
Cooking after Cooking
In this class we learn the laws of cooking on Shabbat and some of the underlying principles and their practical application. We focus on the principle of ‘cooking after cooking’ as it applies to dry food items as well as to liquids and wet foods. For example may we place cooked noodles into a pot of soup? May one turn on or off the hot water from the faucet?
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 4
Preparing Coffee and Tea
In this class we learn the laws of cooking on Shabbat, focusing on its practical application to common practices in the kitchen. For example we address removing food from a hot pot, stirring and covering a pot, how to make coffee and tea, the status of the serving ladle, and how to warm a baby bottle.
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 5
Leaving a Pot on the Fire for Shabbat
In this class we examine the laws of cooking on Shabbat related to the rabbinic prohibition of ‘shehiya’ (regulations for leaving a pot on the fire before Shabbat). This encompasses the requirement of using a ‘blech’ (a sheet of metal) to cover the fire beneath the pots. Learn the practical application for using hotplates and crockpots, leaving food in an oven, and the three areas on the blech that are of differing halachic status.
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 6
Returning a Pot to the Fire on Shabbat
In this class we discuss the laws of cooking on Shabbat related to the rabbinic prohibition of ‘chazarah’—returning a pot to the stove on Shabbat. Only if five conditions are met would it be permissible. Learn some practical applications of these principles; for example, how one may return a pot to the blech on Shabbat, what if one didn’t place a blech before Shabbat, and what’s required for returning food to a hotplate.
Practical Halachah: Cooking on Shabbat, Part 7
Warming Challah on Shabbat
In this class we look at some practical applications related to the rabbinic injunction of ‘chazarah’—returning a pot to the fire on Shabbat. Learn for example how it would be permitted to warm up a challah on Shabbat or to add hot water to a pot of cholent.
Practical Halachah: Borer on Shabbat, Part 1
The Prohibition of ‘Selecting’ on Shabbat
On Shabbat we abstain from 39 general categories of creative work. In this class we discuss the prohibition of ‘selecting’ on Shabbat. Learn what constitutes the biblical melachah of borer, the underlying principles, and their practical application in contemporary situations. For example what are the criteria for peeling fruit and making a fruit salad, and what’s the issue with eating nuts on Shabbat?
Practical Halachah: Borer on Shabbat, Part 2
The Prohibition of ‘Selecting’ on Shabbat
In this class we discuss the prohibition of ‘selecting’ on Shabbat. Learn various laws of borer and their practical application in everyday situations. For example the borer issues to be careful with when setting the table, or when putting away different types of food, how to eat watermelon, and the question of choosing clothing.
Practical Halachah: Sechitah on Shabbat
The Prohibition of ‘Squeezing’
One of the prohibited categories of work on Shabbat is Sechitah, which is squeezing out liquid from an item. This class outlines the biblical and rabbinic nature of this prohibition, and the situations it’s permitted. Learn practical applications related to squeezing lemon juice, sucking fruit, wiping up spills, using sponges, baby wipes, nursing and pumping, and hair drying.
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