She’eilos U’Teshuvos Mi’maamakim

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A short series of shiurim given online only by Rabbi Cohen based upon the sefer "She’eilos U’Teshuvos Mi’maamakim" by Rabbi Ephraim Oshry. This moving sefer was written during the Holocaust in the Kovno Ghetto as Rabbi Oshry grappled with issues of halacha and observance amongst his fellow Jews in the ghetto. This window into the suffering and spiritual triumph of our people during this dark period is an important lesson we can especially learn and be inspired by during the three week period leading up to Tisha B'Av.

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http://www.tiftorah.org/oshry
Description
She’eilos U’Teshuvos Mi’maamakim
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2018-07-18 09:55
last episode published
2018-07-18 12:00
publication frequency
42.5 days
Contributors
Cong. Tifereth Israel of Passaic, NJ owner   author  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
27
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Categories
Society & Culture Religion & Spirituality Judaism History

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18.07.2018

Using an incandescent bulb for Neros Shabbos & Havdala- v1 #11 by R' Aaron Cohen

The Jews in the Kovno Ghetto did not have the means to acquire conventional candles or oil for Shabbos candles and Havdala. Could they fulfill the Mitzva of Neros Shabbos and Borei Me’orei Ha’aish on Motzei Shabbos through incandescent electric bulbs? ...
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17.07.2018

Can a deaf mute count in a Minyan & receive an Aliya - v3 #2 by R' Aaron Cohen

Rav Oshry presents a heart-wrenching question posed by R’ Moshe ben R’ Aryeh, who davened in Rav Oshry’s Bais Medrash. While on a work detail, he looked for potatoes and vegetables growing in the fields to give some nourishment to the starving Jews wor...
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16.07.2018

Bishul on Shabbos in the Kovno ghetto - v1 #5 by R' Aaron Cohen

A student of Rav Oshry by the name of Yaakov, was given the opportunity to work in the kitchen where food was prepared for the Jews. This would allow Yaakov to avoid the excruciating work that Jews were subject to, and would also give him greater acces...
R' Aaron Cohen author
15.07.2018

Erasing the numbers tatooed on one's arm - v4 #22 by R' Aaron Cohen

A young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust was haunted by the horrors that she had experienced. Was she allowed to erase the numbers that the Nazis had tattooed onto her arm, in order to put these terrifying events behind her? Reference Material (...
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13.07.2018

Reading the Parshas Hashavua on Shabbos afternoon - v4 #1 by R' Aaron Cohen

Elul 1941. The Germans, intent on rapidly building a major military airbase outside of Kovno, increase the demand on Jewish slave labor. The Jews are forced to work, including on Shabbos. The workday ends at 7:30pm, and there is no time for davening or...
R' Aaron Cohen author
12.07.2018

Giving up one's life for general Mitzvos - v5 #14 by R' Aaron Cohen

Rav Oshry was given the task of running a bathhouse that was a lifesaver for the Jews in the Kovno Ghetto, who were suffering ailments and sickness brought on by the terrible hygiene in the ghetto. He made sure that the bathhouse remained closed on Sha...
R' Aaron Cohen author
11.07.2018

Entrusting children to non-Jews to save them - v5 #9 by R' Aaron Cohen

As word spread that the Nazis were planning to conduct a mass murder of children, parents frantically sought ways to save their children. Could they give the children to a priest or church, knowing that they would be inculcated with Christian beliefs? ...
R' Aaron Cohen author
9.07.2018

Can someone in hiding adjacent to a Minyan be considered to be davening bi'tzibbur - v4 #4 by R' Aaron Cohen

The Jews in the Kovno Ghetto constructed a Bais Medrash for Tefilla and Torah, and they made a secret room adjacent to it for those hiding from the Nazis. The question arose: if they could hear the Tefillos from that secret room but could not see the B...
R' Aaron Cohen author
8.07.2018

Can a boy use the name of his adoptive father for an Aliya - v3 #11 by R' Aaron Cohen

A man saved a boy from the mass murder of 1200 children by the Nazis. He adopted the child, protected him, and cared for him. Tragically, the child’s parents were murdered during the Holocaust. The adoptive father asked Rav Oshry: when the boy is calle...
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30.07.2017

Geniza of Aron Kodesh of destroyed Bais Knesses v2 #17 by R' Aaron Cohen

Following the war, Rav Oshry travelled throughout Lithuania and witnessed the heart-rending obliteration of Batei Knesses, Batei Medrash, and Yeshivos. The question arose: Is it necessary to bury the remnants of an Aron Kodesh? What about the other par...
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30.07.2017

Setting up matzeiva in destroyed cemetery by R' Aaron Cohen

Rav Oshry describes the wholesale destruction of Jewish cemeteries throughout Lithuania by the Nazis and their Lithuanian accomplices. A Mr. Segal posed the following Shaila to Rav Oshry: The tombstones of his parents’ graves had been destroyed and it ...
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28.07.2017

Kohein whose vocal cords were damaged - can he duchen - v4 #9 by R' Aaron Cohen

A Kohein, attempting to smuggle a piece of bread for his sick mother, was caught by the Nazis and beaten mercilessly. His vocal cords were permanently damaged and his voice was barely audible. While suffering great emotional trauma, he turned to Rav Os...
R' Aaron Cohen author
28.07.2017

Keeping remnants of Sifrei Torah in one's home - v4 #21 by R' Aaron Cohen

Rav Oshry notes that the savagery of the Nazis and their cohorts was also directed at articles of Kedusha such as Sifrei Torah, Seforim, Tefillin, etc. One individual, a descendant of the Vilna Gaon, had a Sefer Torah that had belonged to the Gra and w...
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27.07.2017

Chatzitza by tefillin - when covering a cross etched on the arm - v1 #26 by R' Aaron Cohen

Rav Oshry describes the overwhelming burden of the Jews conscripted into forced labor, leaving well before the break of dawn and returning at night. These Jews faced the question of when they could put on Tefillin. One courageous individual secretively...
R' Aaron Cohen author
27.07.2017

Putting on Tefillin that was found without checking its Kashrus - v4 #19 by R' Aaron Cohen

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, survivors were faced with a shortage of Tefillin. Some pairs of Tefillin were found in the possession of non-Jews, apparently taken from homes and Shuls as the Jewish communities were ravaged. Given the extenuating ci...
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26.07.2017

Fulfilling Krias Shema by listening - v4 #13 by R' Aaron Cohen

After the liberation, Rav Oshry searched for Jewish children who had been taken into non-Jewish families. He found a 14 year old boy wearing a cross, who asked Rav Oshry incredulously if there were still Jews left from the Kovno community. The boy eage...
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26.07.2017

Boy who does not know his age - putting on Tefillin - v4 #17 by R' Aaron Cohen

Families desperate to save their children from the impending Holocaust sometimes paid non-Jews to take their children in, and the children were disconnected from the Jewish people during the duration of the war. After the liberation, great efforts were...
R' Aaron Cohen author
22.07.2015

Saying Krias Shema while being interrupted by German guards (v4 #2) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

Elul 5741. The Jews of the Kovno ghetto are forcibly conscripted into merciless slave labor. The days are long and the work is relentless. The question is posed to Rav Oshry: how can they fulfill the Mitzva of Krias Shema, which must be said by the thi...
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21.07.2015

Fulfilling Birchas HaTorah with Ahavas Olam of Maariv (v4 #3) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

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20.07.2015

Is Nachem to be said in Birchas Hamazon by Jews who must eat on Tisha B?Av? (v5 #8) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

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16.07.2015

The son was named after his thought-to-be deceased father, should his name be changed? (v5 #13) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

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15.07.2015

Can a Kohen who disguised himself as a non-Jew duchen (v3 #13) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

A Jewish couple disguises themselves as non-Jews, abandoning all elements of Jewish identity in order to save themselves from the Nazis. After the war, they return to the Kovno ghetto and resume observance of Torah and Mitzvos. May the husband, who is ...
Rabbi Aaron Cohen author
14.07.2015

May one who hastened another Jew's death serve as Shaliach Tzibbur (v3 #7) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

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13.07.2015

Mentioning the name of a kapo after his death (v3 #12) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

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12.07.2015

Can a kapo serve as Shaliach Tzibbur (v3 #14) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

After the liberation of the Kovno ghetto, religious life revived, and Shuls and Batei Medrash filled once again. A kapo who had cooperated with the Nazis and had caused suffering to his fellow Jews approached Rav Oshry and declared that he regretted wh...
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10.07.2015

Saving a Sefer Torah from the Nazis by throwing it into the river (v2 #19) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

A Jew witnesses the Nazis forcing an elderly Rav to burn a Sefer Torah in public. Panic stricken out of concern that he will also be coerced into publicly destroying his own Sefer Torah, causing a great Chillul Hashem, this individual takes his Sefer T...
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9.07.2015

Teshuva for desecration of Sifrei Torah (v1 #1) by Rabbi Aaron Cohen

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