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Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz's scope of knowledge, brilliance, as well as a unique ability to grasp complicated material and communicate it clearly to others is legendary. Rabbi Breitowitz received his bachelor of arts from Johns Hopkins University and obtained semicha from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and shortly thereafter became the Rav of the Silver Spring Woodside Shul in Silver Spring Maryland while maintaining status as a tenured professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. Rabbi Breitowitz teaches at Or Sameach as well as the OU Israel center and he has published widely on Jewish law and ethics.

The Half Shekel and the Shekalim of Haman: What is the Connection?

March 3, 2019, by

There were two half-shekel offerings: a one-time donation (for the building of the mishkan) and the annual half shekel (for korbanot) – building fund vs. operating budget. Why was there an upper limit for the machatzit hashekel, why can’t a rich person give more? Reish Lakish says that the Machatzit HaShekel counters the shekalim that […]

Purim: Perceiving the Reality Behind the Facade

February 26, 2018, by

The Gemara provides 3 answers as to why we don’t say Hallel on Purim. The Shulchan Aruch only quotes 1 – that the Megillah is the Hallel of Purim. The Megillah shows us the Hand of God in concealment and is therefore more fitting for Purim which was a concealed miracle than Hallel, which is […]

The Unique Halachic Status of Asara B’Tevet

December 25, 2017, by

In Zechariah the fast days are not connected to specific days but to specific months. Unlike the other fast days connected to the Churban, were Asara B’Tevet to fall on Shabbos we would fast on Shabbos. The purpose of a fast is to do teshuva for the events that occured on that day. If Asara […]