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Emerging from the Halakhic Ice Age: Bracha for Rain in Israel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Machon Shilo   
Friday, 14 December 2012 14:50


A Shiur given in Ramat Beit Shemesh regarding the berakhah for rain in Israel.  Wed. (31/10/12, 17 Heshwan) at Mosdot HaRav Aharon Soloveichik

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Older Shiurim on the same topic can be heard here:


Which Blessing Do You Say on Rain?



For an indepth look at the sources see:


Praying for Rain: in Eress Yisrael and in Galuth


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 December 2012 20:40
Birth Control PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:00
Birth Control

Rav Bar-Hayim,

I have family members with young children 2 or 3 below the age of 4 each.   The have been told that they must get a heter from a Rav to use birth control to  pace the frequency of births.

Also they must get a heter if they at some point want to have no more than 3 or 4 children.   Each has some considerations about the stress on the mother in working  (needed to support them)  while raising this larger number of children .  With incomes what they are in Israel, at least one of the families is unable to manage without both parents working.

What is the proper approach to these questions from a halachic viewpoint?



  1. The requirement for P'ru U'R'vu is one boy and one girl. If a couple has a boy and a girl, they may certainly use birth control in the situation that you describe.
  2. Even if a couple does not yet have one boy and one girl but do have children and are finding things difficult at the moment, they may use birth control for a time, based on their circumstances, in consultation with a competent Rav.
Kol Tuv
Rabbi David Bar-Hayim
Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2012 10:23
Eating Before the Passover Seder PDF Print E-mail
Written by David S.   
Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:04

What is permissible?

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The Justification of Murder: Moses' Slaying of the Egyptian PDF Print E-mail
Written by David S.   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:07

What was the legal rationale for the murder?  Under what circumstances is a Jew permitted to kill a non-Jew?  The reason that our rabbis did not want us to emulate Moses' action.

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See Rav Bar Hayyim's video interview on the subject:






Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:16
The Connection Between Trimming One's Beard & Rosh HaShannah PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:07

To trim or not to trim?

Hear Machon Shilo's Rabbi David Bar-Hayim elaborate in the following video interview:

In English:






Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 13:37
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