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Rav Chaim - Chidushei HaRambam

Rav Elisha Friedman

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Rav Chaim Solovetichik was one of the greatest Talmudic commentators of all time. His works are studied in-depth in all yeshivot today and he is widely considered the father of modern Talmudic analysis. The only work he wrote was his chiddushim (insights) on the Rambam's halachic rulings, which is considered a classic of Talmudic analysis. But the complexity of the material and the analysis make it difficult for many to study. We are making available audio presentations of his writings by Rabbi Elisha Friedman of Harrisburg, PA, to help make his Torah insights more accessible.

Latest Episodes

Yesodei HaTorah

Reb Chaim explores why the sin of murder is one of the sins for which one must give their life rather than violate it. He suggests two possibilities: either because you cannot prioritize your life over someone else, or because nothing is gained when you save yourself at someone else's expense while doing a sin.

34 minMAY 15
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Yesodei HaTorah

Tefilah - Kavanah during davening

Reb Chaim explores three different meanings of Kavanah in davening and differentiates that those which are intrinsic to the act of davening itself and those which are reflective of our intense focus.

35 minMAY 15
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Tefilah - Kavanah during davening

Tefilah - Obligation of Ma'ariv

Maariv according to halacha is optional, but we have accepted it upon ourselves. Reb Chaim explores whether after this acceptance Maariv is now the same as Shacharis and Mincha or are there still some lingering differences.

24 minMAY 15
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Tefilah - Obligation of Ma'ariv

Tefillin - Mezuzah Parchment

Reb Chaim analyzes the obligation to prepare the parchment for Sefer Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzah with the proper intention (lishmah), and specifically how this obligation differs with regard to Mezuzah, from those of the other two.

48 minMAY 20
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Tefillin - Mezuzah Parchment

Tefillin - Writing a Torah Lishmah

Reb Chaim analyzes the obligation to write the letters of Sefer Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzah with proper intention (lishmah), and specifically whether a non-Jew can create something lishmah or lishmah differs from focus and applies only to Jews.

39 minMAY 21
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Tefillin - Writing a Torah Lishmah

Milah

Reb Chaim explores whether we have an obligation to perform Milah because of the commandment to Avraham or only because of Moshe’s command, and he explains in depth the law of a Milah on a child born through cesarean section

26 minMAY 21
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Milah

Shabbat - Action done without intention

Reb chaim redefines the key concept in hilchos Shabbos that an action done without intention is permitted and distinguishes between the application of this concept in hilchos Shabbos and elsewhere in halacha.

34 minMAY 31
Comments
Shabbat - Action done without intention

Shabbat - Throwing a Barrel (Kaveres) on Shabbos

Reb Chaim analyzes the dimensions of the reshus hayachid (4 by 4 tefachim wide), and discusses two elements to this condition.

60 minJUN 8
Comments
Shabbat - Throwing a Barrel (Kaveres) on Shabbos

Shabbat - Peg in a pillar

Reb Chaim explains an unusual Rambam by contextualizing that the Rambam is not discussing the measurements of a Reshus Hayachid, as commonly understood, but is discussing how different domains affect each other.

18 minJUN 8
Comments
Shabbat - Peg in a pillar

Shabbat - Doorway (Tzuras Hapesech) in Eruvin

Reb Chaim analyzes the concept of a "doorway" in the halachos of Succah and Eruvin, and evaluates what makes something an opening versus a breach in a wall and whether a doorway is halachically defined as wall or different.

48 minJUN 8
Comments
Shabbat - Doorway (Tzuras Hapesech) in Eruvin

Latest Episodes

Yesodei HaTorah

Reb Chaim explores why the sin of murder is one of the sins for which one must give their life rather than violate it. He suggests two possibilities: either because you cannot prioritize your life over someone else, or because nothing is gained when you save yourself at someone else's expense while doing a sin.

34 minMAY 15
Comments
Yesodei HaTorah

Tefilah - Kavanah during davening

Reb Chaim explores three different meanings of Kavanah in davening and differentiates that those which are intrinsic to the act of davening itself and those which are reflective of our intense focus.

35 minMAY 15
Comments
Tefilah - Kavanah during davening

Tefilah - Obligation of Ma'ariv

Maariv according to halacha is optional, but we have accepted it upon ourselves. Reb Chaim explores whether after this acceptance Maariv is now the same as Shacharis and Mincha or are there still some lingering differences.

24 minMAY 15
Comments
Tefilah - Obligation of Ma'ariv

Tefillin - Mezuzah Parchment

Reb Chaim analyzes the obligation to prepare the parchment for Sefer Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzah with the proper intention (lishmah), and specifically how this obligation differs with regard to Mezuzah, from those of the other two.

48 minMAY 20
Comments
Tefillin - Mezuzah Parchment

Tefillin - Writing a Torah Lishmah

Reb Chaim analyzes the obligation to write the letters of Sefer Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzah with proper intention (lishmah), and specifically whether a non-Jew can create something lishmah or lishmah differs from focus and applies only to Jews.

39 minMAY 21
Comments
Tefillin - Writing a Torah Lishmah

Milah

Reb Chaim explores whether we have an obligation to perform Milah because of the commandment to Avraham or only because of Moshe’s command, and he explains in depth the law of a Milah on a child born through cesarean section

26 minMAY 21
Comments
Milah

Shabbat - Action done without intention

Reb chaim redefines the key concept in hilchos Shabbos that an action done without intention is permitted and distinguishes between the application of this concept in hilchos Shabbos and elsewhere in halacha.

34 minMAY 31
Comments
Shabbat - Action done without intention

Shabbat - Throwing a Barrel (Kaveres) on Shabbos

Reb Chaim analyzes the dimensions of the reshus hayachid (4 by 4 tefachim wide), and discusses two elements to this condition.

60 minJUN 8
Comments
Shabbat - Throwing a Barrel (Kaveres) on Shabbos

Shabbat - Peg in a pillar

Reb Chaim explains an unusual Rambam by contextualizing that the Rambam is not discussing the measurements of a Reshus Hayachid, as commonly understood, but is discussing how different domains affect each other.

18 minJUN 8
Comments
Shabbat - Peg in a pillar

Shabbat - Doorway (Tzuras Hapesech) in Eruvin

Reb Chaim analyzes the concept of a "doorway" in the halachos of Succah and Eruvin, and evaluates what makes something an opening versus a breach in a wall and whether a doorway is halachically defined as wall or different.

48 minJUN 8
Comments
Shabbat - Doorway (Tzuras Hapesech) in Eruvin
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