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The Shalit Deal Revisited: Why HaRav Ovadia Yosef Was Wrong

  In the following video interview Rabbi David Bar-Hayim looks back in light of recent events at the deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for over 1,000 Arab terrorists. ...

Birkath HaHama: 23 Siwan (21 June)

The correct time to recite the B'rakha on seeing the sun in the Northern Hemisphere at its highest point in the sky during the course of the year, with the sun's rays at their most direct and powerful...

Yom Yerushalayim & The Six Day War: It Really Matters

Why is one of the greatest events in the history of the Jewish people is not properly commemorated by most Jews? Hazal state that Hizkiyahu King of Judah would have been the Mashiah if he had only...

Some Thoughts for Yom HaZikaron...and for every day of the year

HaRav Bar-Hayim spoke at a ceremony this past Yom HaZikaron. His brief address (in Hebrew) can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  

Pre-Lag Baomer Shiur-Unlocking the True Meaning of Hazal

  In the following video interview Rabbi David Bar-Hayim expands on how he reached his conclusions regarding the death of the students of Rabbi Akiva:   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaID9llq3QgteXIzcIZInzTDBPlWUbDG7...

Do Frum Jews Celebrate Yom Haatzmaut?

Sefirat HaOmer: How Did The Students of Rabbi Akiva Die?

Drafting Women-The Bride from her Chuppah?

Daas Torah-Black and White?

Holocaust testimony Rabbi Michael Mandel

Al HaNisim on Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim?

Pre-Lag Baomer Shiur- Unlocking the True Meaning of Chazal

Sefirat HaOmer-How Did The Students of Rabbi Akiva Die?

A Message to Friends of Machon Shilo

Some Post Purim Musings

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Shabath HaGadhol: Bread or Matzah?

How long before Pesah must one refrain from eating matzah? Download this Halakhic response from Rabbi David Bar-Hayim by clicking below.

What B'rakha on Massa?

What B'rakha on Massa?

What B'rakha on Massa? First Published 2012-04-18 Question When I lived in Israel I was taught that on matzot after pesach one said...

Enunciating Words During T’phila and Other B'rakhoth

Enunciating Words During T’phila and Other B'rakhoth Yom 5, 27-11-65 —27 Sh'vatt 5773 — 07-02-2013 Question Shalom, Rav When...

Hebrew Pronunciation

  Hebrew Pronunciation Yom 2, 24-11-65 —24 Sh'vatt 5773 — 04-02-2013 Question Does the Rav feel that supporters of...

Which Targum to Read?

UPDATED Which Targum to Read? Yom 1, 16-11-65 —16 Sh'vatt 5773 — 27-01-2013 Question What do you suggest people in Israel do for...

The Laws of Nida - Basic Concepts and Requirements

Birth Control

Car Accident – HaGomel?

Homosexuality and the Tora

Bread from a Non-Jewish Store

Baking Bread in "Fleischig" Oven

Birkath HaL’vana: When and Why

Fasting on 10th Av (Tish’a b’Av deferred) while in Flight

Fasting on 10th Av (Tish’a b’Av deferred) while in Flight

A Brief Guide to the Three Weeks and the Nine Days

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Audio Shiurim

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The Four Fasts: An In-Depth Review of the Sources

Follow Rav Bar-Hayim's examination of passages in the Tanach, the Mishnah, the Gemara, and the Rambam to distill the halakic conclusion about whether we need to fast today. Hear Part 1 Hear Part 2...

Misplaced Mercy

Despite the claims of Christians and post-modernists, mercy is not Hashem's main goal. Judaism is based on perfecting the world, and toward that end sometimes nastiness and even cruelty are permissible...

Eating Before the Passover Seder

What is permissible? Download the shiur

The Justification of Murder: Moses' Slaying of the Egyptian

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. Download the...

Unknown Laws of Hand Washing - New Version of the Classic Shiur

For what purpose do Jews wash their hands before eating and praying?  Under what circumstances can you wash your hands just once a day?  An analysis of the Talmudh (Hulin 106b-107a) and commentary....

A mistake in the Shulhan Aruh

Talmudh - Sheviith

Talmudh - Shemitah

Talmudh Yerushalmi - Taaniyoth

You Can Bring in Shavuoth Early

How to Don a Tallith

A Mourner May Wear Ssissith

An Unmarried Man May Wear Ssissith

Talmudh Bavli - Shabath

New Pre-Rosh HaShanah Video: Rosh HaShanah-One Day Or Two?

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Lulav: Waving Goodbye to Galuth Judaism

Does one wave lulav when one says the beracha "Al Netilath lulav" or only during Hallel? Machon Shilo's...

When and How Often To Say LeShev BaSukkah?

There are different approaches to the question of when to say the beracha "LeShev BaSukkah". In the following...

Must One Sleep in the Sukkah? What About Habad Not Doing So?

The Habad movement advocates not sleeping in the Sukkah, even where weather and other considerations...

L'Dawid HASHEM Ori w'Yish'i: Quantity or Quality?

It is a common custom to add at the end of davening the perek of Tehilim 'LeDawid HASHEM Ori w'Yishi'...

Rabbi David Bar-Hayim in the News about One Day Rosh HaShanah In Israel

The Jewish Press is featuring Machon Shilo's Rabbi David Bar-Hayim's video interview on "Rosh HaShanah-One...

Judaism: No to Uman

Rosh HaShana in Israel: One Day or Two?

Video : Rosh HaShanah-One Day or Two?

Is Saying Selichoth Obligatory?

Rosh HaShannah & Yom HaKippurim: How Long Should Davening Be?

Don't Go To Uman

Can One Eat Chicken During the 9 Days?

Showering During the Nine Days: Why You Can (and Should)

Wheat Intolerance & Matzah: A Kezayit = the size of an olive (3 cc)

Shaving for Shabbath during Sefirat HaOmer: Permissible or Obligatory

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Rabbi David Bar-Hayim In The News Condemnation of Uman Pilgrimage

  Rabbi David Bar-Hayim's pre-Rosh HaShanah interview in which he opposes the annual descent of...