• November 15, 2019
  • 17 5780, Cheshvan
  • פרשת וירא

World Of Responsa

World Of Responsa

Jews have long written letters to experts asking important halachic questions. Over the course of time these questions and answers were gathered and published in books of she’elot u-teshuvot (questions and answers, acronymed to shu”t, in English, responsa).

In this course, Rabbi Gidon Rothstein introduces some of the most well-known respondents of Jewish history, figures such as Rambam, Rashba, Radvaz, R. Yosef Karo, Noda Bi-Yehudah, Chatam Sofer, R. Moshe Feinstein, R. Ovadya Yosef, and more. We will cover the topics of conversion, the Ethiopians Jews, keeping two days of Yom Tov in Israel, when a woman’s affair must end a marriage, how bad a rabbi has to be to lose his job, how to keep Shabbat when under siege in Gush Etzion, and more.

Through our survey, we will learn about the great sages who were asked, the kinds of logic they found convincing, and their process of bringing halachah from the Beit Midrash to real life.

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November 21, 2019
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23
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56
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Thu 1:00 am, 2:00 am
November 7, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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This is the first class of  a series in which we will “meet” one important respondent from Jewish History each week, study some of their responsa, and get a first sense of who they were and how they thought. The attached file has the responsa I’m planning on studying for the whole course, so I won’t post it again each week.

November 14, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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We’l be getting to meet Rashba a bit, the premier leader in Spain in the late 13th century, student of Ramban and Rabbenu Yonah.

November 21, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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November 28, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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December 5, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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December 12, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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December 19, 2019 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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January 2, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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January 9, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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January 16, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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January 23, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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January 30, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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February 6, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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February 13, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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February 20, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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February 27, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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March 5, 2020 2:00 am - 3:00 am
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March 12, 2020 1:00 am - 2:00 am
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March 19, 2020 1:00 am - 2:00 am
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March 26, 2020 1:00 am - 2:00 am
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April 2, 2020 1:00 am - 2:00 am
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Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein has semicha from YU (RIETS) and a PhD from Harvard. He has worked in shul rabbinate, high school and adult education. He is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, most recently "As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience". He lives in Riverdale, NY.