Category Archives: Judaism

All things related to Judaism and Jewishness.

Ep. 80 Current Jewish Questions 13 – Intellectual Property / Piracy

Rabbi Yuter explores and evaluates arguments for the role of intellectual property and piracy in Jewish Law.

Current Jewish Questions – Intellectual Property and Piracy Sources (PDF)

Current Jewish Questions – Intellectual Property and Piracy Sources

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Daf Yomi Tweets – Masechet Berachot

When the Daf Yomi cycle restarted this past summer, I and many others started learning one page of Talmud every day. Keeping up this pace we will complete learning the entire Talmud in roughly 7.5 years which is certainly a daunting commitment, especially considering how difficult certain parts of the Talmud can get. In fact, some critics of daf yomi object to the accelerated pace as being a fairly superficial approach to Talmud study. Speaking only for myself, I have found daf yomi to be incredibly useful. Not only has it forced me to review and reevaluate passages I had seen before, but as I learn additional passages of Talmud (or gain new perspectives) I can immediate integrate them into sermons and classes, not to mention updating and correcting previous talks I have given.

It has also given me the opportunity to spread my thoughts via Twitter and engaging in fascinating discussions using the #DafYomi and #DafChat hashtags, though it took me a while to get into a Tweeting groove. With this in mind let me present my collection of observations and witticisms from learning, and now completing, Tractate Berachot through Daf Yomi.1

  1. I’d like to thank the people responsible for the Koren English Talmud, which made this much easier and to all readers, friends, and followers who have “enjoyed” the tweets.
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Sermon Notes: Va’etchanan Shabbat Nachamu 2012 – The Possibility of Consolation

It’s been a long time since I’ve written out sermons, due to a lack of time and an evolving speaking style. Still, I’m finding it useful to have at least some written record of what I say from year to year and people have regularly been requesting I post sermons.1. The following does not represent a “polished” sermon, but rather are the notes from which I give the actual derasha. Even if the flow may be disjointed, the point and the derasha should still be comprehensible.
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  1. Protip: It’s best if you actually come to my shul for a Shabbat
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Ep. 74 Rabbinic Thought and Theology 6 – Mazal

Everyone knows the exclamation “Mazal Tov!” but the definition and role of the “mazal” in rabbinic thought is itself presents a fascinating range of perspectives of how God’s world operates.

Rabbinic Thought And Theology – Mazal Sources (PDF)

Rabbinic Thought And Theology – Mazal

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Ep. 73 Rabbinic Thought and Theology 5 – Theodicy and the Problem of Evil

The question of evil and divine justice has engaged and vexed theologians of all religions for centuries. In the class, Rabbi Yuter demonstrates the range of approaches in Rabbinic literature and offers his unique approach towards finding a resolution. (An update of the earlier post Talmudic Theodicy)

Rabbinic Thought and Theology – Theodicy and the Problem of Evil Sources (PDF)

Rabbinic Thought and Theology – Theodicy and the Problem of Evil

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Ep. 70 Halakhic Process 3 – Basis for Rabbinic Authority

In this installment of the Halakhic Process series, Rabbi Yuter addresses the origins, basis, and justifications for Rabbinic authority in Jewish Law.

Halakhic Process 3 – Rabbinic Authority Sources (PDF)

Halakhic Process 3 – Basis for Rabbinic Authority

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To Be or Not To Be – The Meaning of Life in Rabbinic Jewish Thought

Sources from my Shavuot Shiur 2012/5772 at The Stanton Street Shul.
To Be or Not To Be – The Meaning of Life in Rabbinic Jewish Thought Sources (PDF)

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Ep. 68 Rabbinic Thought and Theology 3 – Gehenom / Hell

In this installment of Rabbinic Thought and Theology, Rabbi Yuter explores some of the Rabbinic descriptions for Gehenom, commonly understood as “Hell”

Rabbinic Thought and Theology 3 – Gehenom / Hell Sources (PDF)

Rabbinic Thought and Theology 3 – Gehenom / Hell

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Ep. 67 The Halakhic Process 2 – Contracts with God

In this installment of The Halakhic Process series, Rabbi Yuter explores the biblical covenants which form the basis for the Jewish people’s relationship with God and their obligations to perform his will.

Halakhic Process 2 – Contracts with God Sources (PDF)

Halakhic Process 2 – Contracts with God Sources

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Ep. 66 The Halakhic Process 1 – Introduction

Rabbi Yuter begins a brand new series exploring Jewish law from a systematic approach. In this introductory class, Rabbi Yuter presents some of the questions which the class will address and presents a vocabulary for discussing these crucial issues which are fundamental to Jewish life.

The Halakhic Process 1 – Introduction Sources (PDF)

The Halakhic Process 1 – Introduction

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