This shiur analyzes the approaches to Tefillat Nedava in the Geonim and Rishonim and the ramifications of their approaches.
Two possible resolutions to a seemingly internally contradictory Gemarah- one textual and one conceptual [and a critical tangent about Avelut and Tefillin].
What are Tefillin conceptually? How do Rashi and Rabeinu Tam each understand the mitzvah? What are their approaches based on? This shiur tackles these issues and more.
The key to understanding an entire constellation of issues relating to the aspect of time in Mitzvot Asseh.
Subtle differences in how we read a text can yield major ramifications. This analysis of what Birchot Hamitzvah are and how they function is a study in such a case.
How do we define the object of the Mezuzh conceptually? We will see how different Rishonim approached this issue.
An analysis of many key concepts and definitions relating to the cheftza of the Sukkah.
1. An analysis of the famous position of the Aruch on Pesik Reisha; clarifying both the analytical and textual basis for his approach.
2. A careful analysis of the Shulchan Aruch, clarifying how we should pasken in this issue (contrary to what is usually said and written).
3. Further discussion of this issue, including a look at the question of combing and brushing hair on Shabbat.
An analysis of the major approaches to Mochek in rishonim, and the ramifications of their positions- yielding original conclusions and new understandings of classical texts.