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Yichud Issues in a #metoo World
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To a significant extent, hilchot yichud is rooted in the psychological reality of the interaction between two people. Psychology, by it’s nature is subjective whereas halacha is objective. How do we balance the two? אין אפוטרופוס לעריות Delivered at the OU Israel Center, June 6th, 2018, 23 Sivan 5778 Download the mekorot here
Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
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Two common contemporary applications of shomer negiah are handshaking and seat switching. Different types of contact (medical, professional). How do the laws of shomer negiah relate to sitting next to people of the opposite gender? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, May 30th, 2018, 16 Sivan 5778 Download the mekorot here
Electricity and Shabbat: Part 2 – Microphones
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A brief history of halachic rulings related to microphones on Shabbat including attempts to create a Shabbat-compliant microphone. Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach deal with why a microphone is prohibited on Shabbos. Does the concept of עובדא דחול come into play? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, May 9th, 2018, 25 Iyyar […]
Electricity and Shabbat: Part 1 – General Principles
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Under what category of melacha does electricity fall – the machloket between the Chazon Ish and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. The distinction between the electricity itself and what it does (e.g. sewing machine vs. fan). Delivered at the OU Israel Center, May 2nd, 2018, 17 Iyyar 5778 Download the mekorot here  
Kol Isha: Contemporary Perspectives
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Part 1: The source for kol isha and a look at kol isha from the perspective of a woman – tznius (modesty), lifnei iver, and sensibility to men’s feelings. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 25th, 2018, 10 Iyyar 5778 Download the mekorot here