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Kaddish

Rav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series covers Kaddish.
8 Kislev 5771 listen A Second Minyan for Latecomers (14:21)
Holding a second minyan in the same shul as the first.
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:17-21
4 Kislev 5771 listen Does the Shaliach Tzibbur interrupt for the sake of latecomers? (13:48)
Also: holding a second minyan in the same shul.
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:14-16
3 Kislev 5771 listen Catching the Tail of a Minyan (15:16)
When you arrive at shul, the minyan is departing. Can you catch a kedusha?
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:13; Beur Halacha d.h. Yashlim Tefilato
Dedicated by Ronald and Marion Stein l'ilui nishmat Meir Tzvi ben Dov Ber on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
2 Kislev 5771 listen Who is Pores al Shema? (16:22)
Also: Barchu of Kriyat HaTorah; finishing the amidah.
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:10-12; Beur Halacha d.h. Yashlim Kol HaTefila
1 Kislev 5771 listen Making Up a Missed Kaddish or Barchu at Maariv (12:53)
Are we "pores al shema" at Maariv?
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:8-10
27 Cheshvan 5771 listen Are we Pores al Shema today? (15:09)
Pores al Shema as explained by the Mishna Brura.
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:5-7
26 Cheshvan 5771 listen Can ten who have already davened form a new minyan? (16:41)
The Mishna Brura, based on the Radbaz, decides against the Ran as accepted by the Shulcham Aruch.
Sources: OC 59:1; MB 59:1
25 Cheshvan 5771 listen Arriving in Shul after Davening (15:00)
Making up for missing kaddish, kedusha, and barchu.
Sources: BY OC 59; OC 59:1; MB 59:2-4
24 Cheshvan 5771 listen Pores al Shema according to the Beis Yosef (16:04)
The Beis Yosef combines the understanding of the various Rishonom into a coherent whole.
Sources: BY OC 59
20 Cheshvan 5771 listen Public Prayer and Devarim She-b'Kedusha (14:33)
The Rambam differentiates between public prayer and devarim she-b'kedusha.
19 Cheshvan 5771 listen Silence in G-d's Presence (15:06)
When the minyan reaches critical sections, those who are unable to answer stand in silence.
Sources: Rabbeinu Yona, commentary on the Rif, Brachot 13a-b
18 Cheshvan 5771 listen Answering Amen without a Minyan (15:54)
Rabbeinu Yona explains our Mishna according to the Rambam.
Sources: Rabbeinu Yona, commentary on the Rif, Brachot 13a-b
17 Cheshvan 5771 listen Kriyat Shema, the Highest Holiness (13:10)
Also: the kedusha of u'Va l'Tzion Goel.
Sources: Rabbeinu Yona, commentary on the Rif, Brachot 13a-b
14 Cheshvan 5771 listen Minyan According to the Rosh (2) (14:59)
All come together for the benefit of the one.
Sources: Rosh Megilla 3:7
13 Cheshvan 5771 listen Minyan According to the Rosh (1) (15:23)
According to the Rosh, it is Rabbeinu Tam who reads Masechet Sofrim as explaining, rather than disagreeing with, the Mishnah's requirement for a minyan of 10.
Sources: Rosh Megilla 3:7
12 Cheshvan 5771 listen Making a Minyan for One (15:13)
Being in a minyan means redefining yourself as one piece in a community.
Sources: Tur OC 39
7 Cheshvan 5771 listen If Only We Could Daven All Day (14:41)
Just why can we repeat parts of davening for someone who missed minyan?
Sources: Masechet Sofrim 10:6
6 Cheshvan 5771 listen Minyan, Community, and the First Brocha of Shema (14:35)
What makes the first brocha before shema so special?
Sources: Sefer HaYashar 23; Ran Megilla 13b; Abudraham Birchot Kriyat Shema
5 Cheshvan 5771 listen Minyan: Individual and Community (15:16)
How is it that those who have already davened can complete a minyan for one who hasn't?
Sources: Meg. 29b
4 Cheshvan 5771 listen Arriving after Minyan (15:35)
Latecomers to shul can say kaddish and barchu after minyan.
Sources: Meg. 29b
3 Cheshvan 5771 listen Introduction to Minyan (15:40)
How do we know that a minyan consists of ten Jews?
Sources: Meg. 29b
30 Nissan 5770 listen What if you already heard Kaddish, Kedushah, etc.? (15:28)
Also: Barchu, HaKel HaKadosh, and Shomea Tefilla.
Sources: OC 109:1; MB 109:5
25 Nissan 5770 listen The Hierarchy of Prayer Responses (18:48)
Yehei Shmei; kedusha; amen...
Sources: Beur Halacha 109 d.h. "L'kdusha o l'kadish
6 Kislev 5770 listen Tallis and Tefillin after Yishtabach (3); Yishtabach: Conclusion (17:08)
Summary and conclusion of yishtabach and related halachot.
Sources: OC 54:3; MB 54:13-14
3 Kislev 5770 listen Tallis and Tefillin after Yishtabach (2) (14:57)
Putting on tallis and tefillin after yishtabach (cont.).
Sources: OC 54:3; MB 54:12-13
2 Kislev 5770 listen More on Kaddish; Tefillin after Yishtabach (1) (13:56)
Speaking of Kaddish, the Mishna Brura discusses when we can say Kaddish in general. Also: putting on tallis and tefillin after yishtabach.
Sources: OC 54:3; MB 54:10-11
1 Kislev 5770 listen Mitzvot and Kaddish after Yishtabach (15:40)
Between yishtabach and kaddish, it is permitted to interrupt for the sake of a mitzvah or for the needs of the community.
Sources: OC 54:3; MB 54:6-9
8 Adar I 5768 listen Review: Shema through Aleinu (15:10)
A review, summary and overview of halachot of shacharit, from Shema through Aleinu.
7 Adar I 5768 listen Review: Wakeup through Shema (15:32)
A review, summary and overview of halachot of morning conduct, from waking up through the recitation of Shema.
6 Adar I 5768 listen Kaddish: Reasons and Rules (6:11)
Why is kaddish recited by mourners? The Midrash of Rabbi Akiva / Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai and the merit of kaddish. Also: important halachot when multiple people recite kaddish together.
Sources: Eliyahu Zuta Parsha 17; Pitchei Teshuva YD 376:6
5 Tishrei 5768 listen Changes in Our Tefillot During the 10 Days (10:05)
An overview and summary of the changes to the Amidah and Kaddish during the Ten Days, including the halachot of what to do if a change is forgotten or omitted.
3 Adar 5767 listen Interrupting before the Chetzi Kaddish after Yishtabach (11:04)
Chetzi Kaddish, like all kaddishim, must be said over pasukim. What are the parameters for this? How is it that we say Kaddish d'Rabbanan after learning together? Also: more on the parameters of interruptions between yishtabach and chetzi kaddish for the purpose of a mitzvah.
Sources: OC 54:3; MB 54:9,11,14
2 Adar 5767 listen Yishtabach (Part 2); The Chetzi Kaddish after Yishtabach (14:29)
It is forbidden to interrupt between Yishtabach and Yotzer Ohr with the exception of interruptions for the purpose of a mitzvah that come between Yishtabach and Chetzi Kaddish.
Sources: OC 54:3; MB 54:5-8,13
Dedicated in memory of Hinda bas Fishel on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
8 Kislev 5767 listen Responding After the Chazan Even If You Don't Know What He Said (14:05)
Should you answer "amen" if you don't know what you are answering to? What about kaddish or kedusha? Should you respond "amen" to a child's brachah?
Sources: OC 124:11-12; MB 124:45-47
3 Av 5766 listen What happens when we die? (57:53)
What is the Torah view of the soul and afterlife? How does this understanding guide our lives in the here and now?
19 Iyar 5766 listen Responding to Kaddish (14:53)
What are the correct responses to kaddish? Should you answer even if you came in late and didn't hear the entire kaddish?
Sources: OC 56:2-5; MB 56:9,15
18 Iyar 5766 listen The Importance of Kaddish (13:59)
Need we stand during kaddish?
Sources: OC 56:1; MB 56:5-8
17 Iyar 5766 listen Proper Pronunciation of Kaddish (14:09)
Proper pronunciation as the first step toward kavanah.
Sources: OC 56:1; MB 56:2; Eze. 38:14-23
13 Iyar 5766 listen Kavanah During Kaddish (12:15)
The how and why of having proper kavanah -- intention -- while listening and responding to kaddish.
Sources: OC 56:1; MB 56:1
7 Iyar 5766 listen Introduction to Kaddish (10:46)
Two aggadic passages introduce the importance of Kaddish.
6 Iyar 5766 listen Kaddish (51:20)
Understanding the Kaddish
Sources: Shabb. 119b

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Rosh HaShana | Ten Days | Yom Kippur | Sukkos | Pesach | Sefirat HaOmer
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