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Everyday Halachah

Learn Basic Jewish Law from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch

Learn basic Jewish laws and customs to properly observe the Torah traditions, with a touch of some of the underlying halachic reasoning and practical applications, and occasional chassidic insights. This class is based on the text of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (the abridged code of Jewish law).

Introduction to Halachah and the Morning Hand Washing
Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
This class provides a basic overview of the evolution of halacha, and also discusses the laws of waking in the morning, including the ritual hand washing.
The Morning Hand Washing
Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
This class focuses on the laws associated with the imperative to wash our hands in the morning and its practical application.
Washing the Hands for Bread
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Washing the Hands for Bread, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Modest Dress Code
Audio | 43:16
Modest Dress Code
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Purim in Halachah
Audio | 46:52
Purim in Halachah
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Pesach Halachah: Koshering the Kitchen
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Pesach Halachah: Koshering, Searching and Avoiding Chametz
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Pesach Halachah: The Seder
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Counting the Omer
Audio | 28:51
Counting the Omer
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Mezuzah
Audio | 38:05
Laws of Mezuzah
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Mezuzah, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Yahrtzeit and Lag B’Omer
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Milk and Meat on Shavuot
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Conversion (Shavuot)
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Conversion, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Tzitzit
Audio | 40:23
Laws of Tzitzit
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Tzitzit, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Three Weeks
Audio | 34:39
The Three Weeks
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Nine Days (with a Chassidic Twist)
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Tisha B'Av
Audio | 37:40
Laws of Tisha B'Av
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Immersing Food Utensils
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Immersing Food Utensils, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Zimun
Audio | 40:54
Laws of Zimun
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
This class discusses various laws associated with reciting the Grace After Meals as a group of three or more, which is called a zimun (literally, it’s an invitation for others to join in the blessing).
Laws of Zimun, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Month of Elul and Selichos
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Rosh Hashanah
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Ten Days of Teshuva and Erev Yom Kippur
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Yom Kippur
Audio | 37:10
Laws of Yom Kippur
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Sukkot
Audio | 38:59
Laws of Sukkot
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Kiddush
Audio | 41:46
Laws of Kiddush
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Kiddush, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Lechem Mishneh and Seudah Shelishit
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
This halacha class discusses the two loaves (lechem mishneh) used for the Shabbat meals, and also the third meal (seuda shlishit) on Shabbat afternoon.
Laws of Havdalah
Audio | 46:22
Laws of Havdalah
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Havdalah, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Marriage and Procreation
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Shidduch and Engagement
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Mandatory Wait before Remarrying
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Wait before Remarrying and the Ketubah
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Forbidden Marriages for a Kohen
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Not to Mix Two Simchahs
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Chabad Wedding Customs
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Issues Related to the Chupah
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Blessings of Betrothal and Marriage (Sheva Brachot)
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Purim Katan & the Two Adars
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Purim and Its Special Mitzvahs
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Inside Sefirat HaOmer, Part 1
Contemporary Halacha and the Counting of the Omer Period
Inside Sefirat HaOmer, Part 2
Contemporary Halacha and the Counting of the Omer Period
Laws of Modesty in Marriage
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Prohibition of Yichud (Seclusion with the Opposite Gender)
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Prohibition of Yichud (Seclusion), Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws on Brit Millah, Part 1
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws on Brit Millah, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws on Brit Millah, Part 3
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Selichot Before Rosh Hashanah
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Rosh Hashanah and Blowing the Shofar
Insights and halacha for Rosh Hashanah
Laws of Overcharging
Business ethics in halachah, part 1
Learn the Torah laws for proper business practice as detailed in the Code of Jewish Law. This first class focuses on the prohibition to deceive your fellow regarding the fair price of product.
Laws of Deception
Audio | 23:43
Laws of Deception
Business ethics in halachah, part 2
Learn the Torah laws for proper business practice as detailed in the Code of Jewish Law. This class focuses on the prohibition to deceive your fellow even when there’s no direct financial loss.
Laws of Inflicting Aggravation
Business ethics in halachah, part 3
Laws of Honest Weights and Prices
Business ethics in halachah, part 4
Laws of Lost Objects
Monetary issues in halachah
Laws related to finding and returning a lost item as detailed in the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch (Choshen Mishpat ch.4).
Parshat Shekalim, Zachor and Purim
Halachic and chassidic insights
Selling the Chametz in Halachah
Learn the history, legal mechanics, and some novel approaches to the sale
The Daily Blessings on the Torah
Why are there additional blessings for studying Torah and what’s their significance? What are women’s obligations in Torah study regarding the blessings? What is the meaning of learning ‘lishmah’ (proper intention)?
Proper Kavanah (Mindfulness) in Prayer
Contemporary Halachah from Shulchan Aruch
Halachic Issues and the Chassidic Movement
Examining questions raised by opponents to Chassidism
The Day’s Beginning and End in Halacha
Determining halachic times and its ramifications
Davening in a Different Nusach
The question of deviating from a community’s custom.
Differences in Pronunciation in Davening
How does halacha view differing dialects of Hebrew?
The ‘Shehechiyanu’ Blessing on Rosh Hashanah
This Rosh Hashana class explains halachic nuances related to the beracha before the new fruit and the apple dipped in honey custom.
Why a Yanover Esrog Is Special
Exploring the custom of specifically using an Etrog from Calabria, Italy.
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