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Iggros Moshe

Episode 56: Minyan – What Part of Davening is Tfillah BiTzibur?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 21, 2024

What halakhicly constitutes Tfillah biTzibur – our silent Shmoneh Esrei that we all say together in a minyan, or the repetition of the Shmoneh Esrei that the Shaliach Tzibbur says on our behalf? Are we a collection of distinct individuals or a single, undifferentiated unit?…

Episode 55: Minyan – When Theology meets Halacha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 21, 2024

Men often receive the message that they are required to attend a daily minyan. But is this really true? This question is particularly poignant nowadays when the ability to participate in a minyan cannot be taken for granted. Join us as we explore the perspective of Rav Moshe Feinstein on this issue, and see how, for him and for this issue, theology translates into halakha.…

Episode 54: Brain Death – When Exactly are you Dead?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 21, 2024

How do we determine if someone is truly dead? This question is central to the ability to donate and receive organs, and to determine when a dying patient can be taken off of life support. If brain death is considered to be death according to halakha, organ donation becomes a possibility.…

Episode 53: Organ Donation II – Transplanting Organs from Dead Bodies

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

Can you derive benefit from harvesting an organ from a dead body? Can kohanim, who are halakhically forbidden from interacting with corpses, be organ transplant recipients if those organs originate from dead bodies? Find out how Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled on these fascinating questions in our latest episode of Iggros Moshe At to Z, featuring host Rabbi Dov Linzer.…

Episode 52: Organ Donation I – Is It a Mitzvah?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

Is it a mitzvah to donate one’s organs? What differences might there be between live donations, such as a kidney, and donations after death? Does halakha require or even allow me to sacrifice part of my body or expose myself to a possible risk of life in order to save the life of another person?…

Episode 51: Non-Jews III – Saying No to Interfaith Efforts

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

The reforms introduced by Vatican II brought new opportunities for the Orthodox Jewish community to engage in interfaith councils and dialogue with Christians. While some welcomed these opportunities to bridge the gaps among religious communities, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein believed strongly that these threatened the once-firm boundaries around observant Judaism.…

Episode 50: Non-Jews II – Drawing Boundaries

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

What type of boundaries must be drawn between Jews and non-Jews? In a series of teshuvot, Rav Moshe lays out an approach that would protect non-Jewish incursion into Jewish territory and vice-versa. Listen in to see how he applies this to the questions of whether a non-Jew can do mitzvoth, whether Jews can learn or teach about ancient pagan religions, and even whether a non-Jew can host a parlor meeting in his home to raise money for a yeshiva.…

Episode 49: Non-Jews I – Prayer in Public Schools

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that prayer in public schools was a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Many religious groups, including segments of the Orthodox community, responded by fighting for a constitutional amendment that would permit such prayer to be said.…

Episode 48: Medical Ethics III – Triage & Priority of Care

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

In this third and final episode on medical ethics, Rabbi Dov Linzer explores Rav Feinstein’s rulings on the halakhic ethos that should guide medical professionals in matters of triage and priority of care. Should we operate on the principle that all life is of equal and infinite value, or should we prioritize medical treatment based on the status, sex, or religion of the patient?…

Episode 47: Medical Ethics II – Autonomy and End of Life Decisions

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

If a person is dying of a terminal illness and is suffering, must a doctor intervene to extend the life for a short time or can the person be allowed to die? And what is the role of patient choice in such a case?…

Episode 46: Medical Ethics I – Patient Autonomy and the Right to Choose or Refuse Risky Procedures

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

Jewish tradition holds that we have a mandate to preserve life, and that we do not have ownership over our bodies. But when a patient must choose whether to undergo a risky procedure that may extend but may foreshorten life, how is she to choose?…

Episode 45: Lifnei Iver III – Weddings and Mixed Dancing

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 14, 2024

If a couple doesn’t plan on upholding the laws of family purity, can an Orthodox rabbi marry them? What about a kosher catering hall hosting a wedding that will feature mixed dancing? Rabbi Dov Linzer explains Moshe Feinstein’s rulings on both situations in our newest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z:…