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Rabbi Anthony Manning

Soft Matzah

March 24, 2021, by

Very few “Jewish” foods are better known than matza. In Jewish tradition there is absolute agreement on its ingredients – flour and water – but considerable discussion as to what it is actually meant to look like. There are many different things that one can make with flour and water and different minhagim around the […]

Erev Pesach on Shabbat

March 21, 2021, by

This series is sponsored anonymously in the merit of an aliyat neshama for Matisyahu ben Yisrael, Aharon ben Menachem Lev, and Eliana bat Yaakov. This shiur is sponsored anonymously for the speedy recovery of Avraham Yitzhak ben Rachel Leah by those who love you most.

Yizkor in Halacha and Hashkafa

October 3, 2019, by

For many people, including many who are otherwise not observant, Yizkor has become an indispensable part of their shul experience. Indeed, although Yizkor can halachically be said privately and without a minyan, it has become a major draw to the synagogue, especially on Yom Kippur. How is it permitted to conduct an ostensibly sad ceremony […]

Kitniyot Conundrums

April 17, 2019, by

When ashkenazim go to sephardi homes, what can they eat, what is the status of the plates and utensils? The origin of kitniyot and the concern about chametz getting mixed in with kitniyot. Kitniyot cannot become chametz, the concern is chametz getting mixed in (since chametz is asur b’mashehu). Kitniyot is not actual chametz and […]

Taanit Bechorot

April 11, 2019, by

What is the origin of the fast of the firstborn? Why do we fast? Most of the Ashkenazi Rishonim quote it but it’s not clearly sourced in the Gemara, it is discussed in מסכת סופרים. The Gemara records that Rebbe fasted on Erev Pesach but not because he was a bechor but because he was […]