Ep. 129 Laws of Shabbat 04 – Exigent Circumstances

Rabbi Yuter concludes the second chapter of Maimonides’ Laws of Shabbat, discussing additional exigent circumstances where Shabbat may be violated.

Exigent Circumstances

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Ep. 128 Laws of Shabbat 03 – Saving Lives on Shabbat

Rabbi Yuter begins Chapter 2 of Maimonides’ Laws of Shabbat which discusses when Shabbat may be violated for medical conditions.

Laws of Shabbat 03 – Saving Lives on Shabbat

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Ep. 127 Laws of Shabbat 02 – Intentional Acts and Minimum Actions

ShabbatRabbi Yuter finishes chapter 1 of Rambam’s Hilkhot Shabbat discussing additional criteria for intentional acts.

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Ep. 126 Current Jewish Questions 37 – Electricity in Jewish Law 3, R. Moshe Feinstein on Microphones and Hearing Aids on Shabbat

After a brief discussion of the fire tetrahedron, Rabbi Yuter leads a discussion examining and contrasting R. Moshe Feinstein’s rulings prohibiting the use of a microphone on Shabbat while permitting the use of hearing aids.

Current Jewish Questions – Electricity in Jewish Law 3 Sources (PDF)

Current Jewish Questions – Electricity in Jewish Law 3

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Ep. 125 Laws of Shabbat 01 – Introduction, Defining Terms and Intentions.

ShabbatRabbi Yuter begins a new series on the Laws of Shabbat, following Rambam’s Mishnah Torah. This series follows the translation of R. Eliyahu Touger, whose highly recommended volumes may be found here (for the cheapest price I could find as of this post): http://www.judaism.com/mishneh-torah-9-hilchot-shabbat-1/dp/CEJBI/

Laws of Shabbat 01

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Ep. 124 Current Jewish Questions 36 – Electricity in Jewish Law 2

Rabbi Josh Yuter’s series on Electricity in Jewish Law continues with a discussion of R. Shlomo Zalman Aurbach’s rebuttal of previous arguments.

Current Jewish Questions – Electricity in Jewish Law 2 Sources (PDF)

Current Jewish Questions – Electricity in Jewish Law 2

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The Halakhic Process – Complete Class / Podcast Series

YUTOPIA's 10 Year Anniversary SpecialOver the past year and a half I have had fortuitous opportunity to dedicate my Sunday class towards explaining the halakhic process, or to put it more bluntly, how Jewish law works. My intent was to explain not only my own system but to critically analyze the logic, assumptions, and presumptions often made in halakhic arguments. While these classes may be listened to individually, as a unit they explore in great detail the various narratives of authority and their respective justifications.

It is with great thanks to The Stanton Street Shul and all those who attended in person and for whom it is I primarily teach, that I now present links to all previous audio and sources in one convenient post. Note that some classes were previously given as part of another series. I included links to those lectures as opposed to rerecording a repeated class.

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Ep. 123 Halakhic Process 27 – Summary and Conclusions

Rabbi Josh Yuter concludes his series on the Halakhic Process summarizing previous lectures and tying together the main points of the series. Many thanks to all those who came and followed!

Ep. 123 Halakhic Process – Summary and Conclusions

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Ep. 122 Current Jewish Questions 35 – Electricity in Jewish Law 1

Rabbi Josh Yuter introduces the subject of Electricity from the perspective of applying old halakhah to new technologies.

Current Jewish Questions 35 – Electricity in Jewish Law 1 Sources (PDF)

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Ep. 121 Halakhic Process 26 – R. David Hartman and Religious Individualism

In the penultimate class in his Halakhic Process series, Rabbi Josh Yuter examines the trend of religious individualism through the writings of Rabbi David Hartman.

Halakhic Process 26 – Hartman and Individuation Sources (PDF)

Halakhic Process 26 – R. David Hartman and Religious Individualism

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