Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz – Nice Q&A session with Rabbi Breitowitz on many different topics including: kaddish, ghosts, the lost tribes, and the talmud. The Torah proofs and Jewish thoughts and philosophy on these topics are fascinating. Feel free to use the time stamps posted below to listen to specific questions and answers
Question Time Stamps:
00:00 WHY DO WE SAY KADDISH?
04:28 COULD YOU PLEASE DESCRIBE THE KABBALISTIC MIDDAH OF MALCHUS?
09:20 WHEN DID SOULS BECOME “JEWISH” SOULS? 17:11 DOES ANYONE SAY THAT THE JEWISH TRANSFORMATION HAPPENED AT MT. SINAI?
18:24 WHY DO WE STAND WITH FEET TOGETHER IN THE AMIDAH?
20:13 WHY ARE THERE VERY FEW LEVITES?
24:07 IF HASHEM CREATED TESHUVA FOR ALL PEOPLE, HOW CAN ELISHA BEN AVUYA SAY THE ACHER COULDN’T DO TESHUVA? AND HOW DO WE MAKE TESHUVA FOR “DEAD AND GONE” SITUATIONS?
29:34 HOW COME WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE LOST TRIBES ARE TODAY?
35:48 IF SOMEONE IS TRAVELING AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A SHUL, HOW DO I KNOW IT’S A KOSHER MINYAN (E.G. IF IT WERE REFORM OR CONSERVATIVE)?
43:10 WHAT DOES THE RAMBAM MEAN WHEN HE SAYS WE SHOULDN’T DO MITZVOS FOR THE SAKE OF REWARD?
48:00 WHEN DOES IT BECOME APPROPRIATE TO STUDY KABBALAH?
58:08 HOW DOES ONE KNOW WHICH VOICES TO LISTEN TO INSIDE ONESELF?
1:04:16 WHAT IS THE TORAH’S PERSPECTIVE ON GHOSTS?
1:06:00 HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN LEARNING GEMARA TO KIDS?
1:14:45 ARE WOMEN ALLOWED TO LEARN GEMARA?
1:20:53 ARE THERE MAKHLOSIM BETWEEN THE TALMUD YERUSHALMI? WHY IS THE TALMUD BAVLI MORE WIDESPREAD IF THE YERUSHALMI WAS WRITTEN IN A HOLIER PLACE?
1:30:58 WHY IS THERE NOT MORE OF A PUSH TO LEARN MACHSHAVA IN YESHIVA?
1:35:30 HOW WOULD THE RAV DESCRIBE THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JEW AND A NON-JEW TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NO IDEA ABOUT JUDAISM?
1:39:15 HOW DO WE RELATE TO AVODA ZARA REFERENCES OR IMAGES IN LITERATURE?
1:42:45 WHY DO SOME SECTS OF JUDAISM NOT LEARN ON CERTAIN DAYS (NON-JEWISH HOLIDAYS)?
Avraham Meyer Zajac – In these two videos Rabbi Zajac explains some details regarding whether we stand or sit during the Kaddish (an Aramaic prayer that is said often throughout Jewish prayer services when a minyan (quorum) of 10 men is present) and also what responses are said in the middle of Kaddish. Additionally, he adds some background on how the Lubabatcher Rebbe addressed the Kaddish and also some of the historical origins of certain responses. Lastly, included is a link to the Wikipedia page on a general outline of what the Kaddish means.
Shulchan Aruch, Din Aniyas HaKiddush Al Y’dei HaKahal 56:5