A Song in Two Parts: Hallel at the Seder
To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol 5776
Primary Sources:Selections from Mishnah Pesachim: 9:2; 10-5-7
Selections from Bavli Pesachim: 85b; 109a; 117a; 118a (with commentary of Ran)
Tosefta Pesachim 10:9
Tosefot Yom Tov to Pesach 10:6
Yerushalmi Megillah 2:1
Teshuvot HaGaonim Sha'arey Teshuvah 120
Yad Hilchot Chanukah 3:6 with notes of Ra'avad and Magid Mishneh
Chiddushey Griz HaLevi ad loc.
Tosefot Rid Pesachim 116b
The Case of the Empty Tefillin: Lo Titgodedu in Action
To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat Shuvah 5776
Exploring Rabbinic Authority: Eruv Tavshilin and the Forgetful Congregant
To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol 5775
Gluttony on Yom Kippur: Redefining Eating
To be delivered at GGS after Minchah (5.50pm), Shabbat Shuvah 5775
Jews and the Black Death
From the GGS Website
One of the most destructive pandemics in history, the Black Death raged in mid-14th-century Europe, killing close to half of its population. In many places, sometimes encouraged by church leaders, Jews were blamed for spreading the disease, resulting in widespread persecution and the destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities.
In this presentation, Rabbi Belovski will examine the social and political context of these attacks, explore the role of Pope Clement VI, who tried to prevent them and consider their ramifications for European Jewry.