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!Short Clips! Q&A: Is Mayim Achronim an Obligation? Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Breitowitz – Mayim Achronim (water after the meal) is washing your finger tips after you are done eating prior to saying birkat hamazon (grace after meals). Rabbi Breitowitz interestingly describes the background behind this mitzvah including where its referenced in the Shulchan Aruch (the Book of Jewish Law), why it is done, and how it pertains today.

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!Short Clips! from Q&A: Halachic Process, Eternal Suffering & WW3 (HaRav Yitzchak Breitowitz)

Rabbi Breitowitz – Here are two !Short Clips! from the following Q&A. The first is what are the laws of (not) speaking during prayer or in shul (synogogue). The second are the regularly used proofs of Hashem’s existence and the Torah being true.

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Jewish Holidays

Shavuos and Freedom (HaRav Yitzchak Breitowitz)

Rabbi Breitowitz – Shares how Pesach to Shavuot (through the process of the Omer) is not freedom from something (to do whatever we want) but freedom to something (the freedom to choose). This is analagous to the barley offering on the first day of the Omer (which is animal food) to the wheat offering on Shavuot (which is human good). Do we want to be freedom to be whatever we want (to be an animal) or freedom to serve (to be a human)? The process of refinement (the counting of the Omer for 49 days) helps us make that journey from animal to human culminating with the giving on the Torah on Shavuot (the ultimate human endeavor as a Jew).

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Sadducees & Karaites (HaRav Yitzchak Breitowitz)

Rabbi Breitowitz – Shares about a very well known machloket (disagreement) when it comes to when we start counting the omer (the day after Shabbat vs. the day after the first day of Pesach) between the Sudducees and the mainstream Jewish authorities during our history. This is further expounded on by the Rav by explaining who the Sadducees and Karaites were, when they started, what they stood for, where they are today, and where they went wrong.

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Mitzvot

Be Holy and Love Your Neighbor – Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Breitowitz – Shares about the true nature of Rabbi Akiva’s “love your neighbor fellow like you love yourself” – treating people not as a mitzvah for your account but as a person to be valued and cared for. During this period of counting the omer we learn of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students who died during this period and what we can learn from it.

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Q&A

Q&A: Living In Israel, Abortion, Army & Rav Nachman of Breslov – Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Breitowitz – Answers several questions in this Q&A including the halachot of women’s modesty dress, the status of a fetus in the abortion debate, Rav Nachman of Breslov, and the halachot of serving in the Army.

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!Short Clips! Q&A: Where Does the Divine Presence of G-d Rest? Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Breitowitz – Answers the question is what is the Shechina (G-d’s presence) and if G-d is everywhere then why is He more present in the Land of Israel and the Temple versus other places. The capacity for us to receive His presence is greater where we are not where He is.

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Jewish Law (Halachah)

Q&A: Encouraging Christianity, Racism & Purim Costumes (HaRav Yitzchak Breitowitz)

Rabbi Breitowitz – Answers several different questions to the yeshiva studens of Ohr Somayach. Here are some of the interesting questions that the Rabbi answered:

05:30 What is the source for making a scratch on challah before saying the bracha?

24:03 Why did G-d create sleep and all other “wastes of time”?

36:16 Is a righteous person still subject to unforeseen natural dangers like asbestos?

1:36:05 What allows the rabbis to change the law, and is it a problem that we can’t do it today?

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Weekly Torah Portion

Freedom and Torah (HaRav Yitzchak Breitowitz)

Rabbi Breitowitz – Shares about the two stage process of the Jews – both leaving Egypt and then getting the Torah on Mount Sinai. These events are not only related but are intertwined together and a necessary pair where one cannot live without the other. The analogy Rabbi Breitowitz uses is like a bird giving birth in two stages – first is laying the egg and the second is the egg hatching – without both stages there is no live birth – same as the Jewish people.

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Tehillim

!Short Clips! Q&A: The Awesome Power Of Psalms – Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Breitowitz – A short video explaining from many different sources about the power of Tehillim (Psalms) and how they can connect you closer to Hashem.

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