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 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 […]
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 […]
The real celebration of Chanukah is the re-dedication of the Mikdash, the miracle of the oil was a secondary miracle that made the Jews realize that the victory over the Greeks and the re-dedication were miraculous.
The very phrase “days of awe” connote fear and anxiety. The flip side is that they are also days of extraordinary opportunity and closeness to God. Presented by Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.
The difference in visualization before & after Matan Torah from lightning (before Matan Torah) to torches (after Matan Torah) symbolizes our serving God by transforming the physical into the spiritual.