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Iggros Moshe

Episode 13: Denominations; Conversions and Marriages of Conservative and Reform

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 12, 2018

Rabbi Linzer tackles a host of teshuvot about Conservative and Reform marriages and conversions. Rav Moshe often invalidated these to solve agunah problems, but on what basis?…

Episode 12: Denominations; Can you give kibbudim to Conservative and Reform Rabbis?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 11, 2018

Rabbi Linzer looks at Rav Moshe’s harshest teshuvot about Conservative and Reform Rabbis, where Rav Moshe suggests that brachot from these rabbis are not considered brachot, and that it is inappropriate to give them any kibbudim.…

Episode 11: Conversion; Can I Convert Without Total Observance?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 9, 2018

Rabbi Linzer unpacks two teshuvot about conversions that may not be totally kosher.…

Episode 10: A Chanukkah Special on lighting for another

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 6, 2018

Rabbi Linzer takes us through a long, halakhic teshuvah about which brachot to make if you are lighting on behalf of someone else. Another key question addressed – what about women lighting for men, how does their obligation compare?…

Episode 9: Conversion; Conversion of a Conservative Rabbi

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 4, 2018

This week we’re finishing C is for Conversions with two more episodes and starting D for Denominations.…

Episode 8: A Thanksgiving Special on Chukat HaGoyim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 21, 2018

Is Thanksgiving kosher? A special episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z.…

Episode 7: Conversion; Can a Ger be Rosh Yeshiva?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 19, 2018

Rabbi Linzer looks at a teshuvah about whether a ger (convert) can be a rosh yeshiva or mashgiach, despite the issue of serarah, or authority, for a ger.…

Episode 6: Birth Control; A Woman’s Choice

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 16, 2018

Rabbi Linzer looks at two teshuvot in which a woman insists upon using birth control to prevent pregnancy. What does halakha say about the man’s responsibility to procreate in this situation?…

Episode 5: Birth Control; the Condom

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 14, 2018

Rabbi Linzer debunks a common misconception – that the condom is completely taboo in halakha. Rav Moshe’s view is more nuanced, though he absolutely rejects more lenient opinions.…

Episode 4: Birth Control; the IUD

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 12, 2018

Some sensitive topics may be discussed in this episode. B is for Birth Control. Rav Moshe lived at a time of innovation in methods of birth control. In this episode, Rabbi Dov Linzer looks at a teshuvah about the IUD, a newly available device in Rav Moshe’s time.…

BONUS: Intro Episode; B is for Birth Control

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 12, 2018

Sensitive topics may be discussed in this podcast. It’s week two and B is for Birth Control. Because the topic is so vast, and Rav Moshe wrote so many teshuvot about it, we’re starting off the week with a bonus episode, a rapid fire introduction to birth control in Rav Moshe’s responsa, brought to you, of course, by Rabbi Dov Linzer.…

Episode 3: America; The Death Penalty

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 9, 2018

Rav Moshe receives a letter from a high official, asking for the Jewish perspective on the death penalty. To read the teshuvah while you listen, visit our Torah library at library.yctorah.org.…