audio by artist r aaron cohen

R' Cohen - Women in Jewish Law 1


53:32 minutes (9.19 MB)

R' Cohen - Women in Jewish Law 2


44:09 minutes (7.58 MB)

Halachos of Hot Food on Shabbos, Pt. 1 by R' Aaron Cohen


46:30 minutes (7.99 MB)
  • Degree of heat that causes Bishul
  • When is food considered "cooked", and when is the cooking process completed:
    • dry food
    • liquid
  • Applications
  • Expediting the Bishul process
  • Kli Rishon
  • Iruy Kli Rishon
  • Kli Sheini
    • Kalei HaBishul
  • Ladle

Halachos of Hot Food on Shabbos, Pt. 2 by R' Aaron Cohen


42:42 minutes (7.33 MB)
  • Kli Shlishi
  • Status of solid food - ??? ???
  • Bishul Achar Bishul
    • Yavesh (dry) vs. Lach (liquid)
  • Dry food with some sauce (meatballs, chicken wings in sauce, etc.)
  • Putting previously boiled liquid in Kli Sheini
  • Bishul Achar Afiya/Tzli & vice-versa
  • Sugar in tea, coffee
  • Salt in soup, on solid food
  • Spices in soup
  • Spices on solids
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayonaise - on solid food
  • Cold soup/gravy
  • Hot solid food

Halachos of Hot Food on Shabbos, Pt. 3 by R' Aaron Cohen


60:07 minutes (10.32 MB)
  • She'hiya
  • Blech - way of addressing issue of She'hiya
  • Electric urn - without temperature control
  • Non-adjustable hotplates
  • Crockpot
  • Chazara
  • 5 Conditions
    1. Blech or equivalent - cover heat source, controls
    2. Completely cooked
    3. still warm
    4. intention to return it
    5. Still in one's hand
  • Oven
  • Halachos of various locations on Blech
  • Way to serve cholent Friday night and return it
  • Adding water to cholent

Tisha B'Av Kinos: Hatay Elokai Aznecha by R' Aaron Cohen/2008


17:43 minutes (3.05 MB)

Chillul Hashem as a reason for Rachamim

Amud Yomi - Gittin 2A by R' Aaron Cohen


27:31 minutes (4.73 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 2B by R' Aaron Cohen


27:33 minutes (4.73 MB)

Ladies Shiur Naso 5769/2009


38:10 minutes (34.94 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 2b-3a by R' Aaron Cohen


25:42 minutes (4.42 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 3A-3B by R' Aaron Cohen


27:26 minutes (4.71 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 3b by R' Aaron Cohen


16:38 minutes (2.86 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 3b-4a by R' Aaron Cohen


26:10 minutes (4.49 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 4b by R' Aaron Cohen


26:21 minutes (4.53 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 5b by R' Aaron Cohen


28:11 minutes (4.84 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 5b by R' Aaron Cohen


27:35 minutes (4.74 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 5b-6a by R' Aaron Cohen


24:37 minutes (4.23 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 6A by R' Aaron Cohen


24:00 minutes (4.12 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 6a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


26:46 minutes (4.6 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 6b by R' Aaron Cohen


23:45 minutes (4.08 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 7a by R' Aaron Cohen


24:28 minutes (4.2 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 7b by R' Aaron Cohen


23:02 minutes (3.96 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 8a by R' Aaron Cohen


19:54 minutes (3.42 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 8a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


25:47 minutes (4.43 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 8b-9a by R' Aaron Cohen


44:58 minutes (7.72 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 9a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


34:48 minutes (5.98 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 9b-10a by R' Aaron Cohen


31:25 minutes (5.4 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 10a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


23:17 minutes (4 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 10b-11a by R' Aaron Cohen


26:46 minutes (4.6 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 11a by R' Aaron Cohen


19:25 minutes (3.34 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 11a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


24:27 minutes (4.2 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 11b-12a by R' Aaron Cohen


16:12 minutes (2.78 MB)

Dina DiMalchusa & Taxes by R' Aaron Cohen


68:40 minutes (11.79 MB)

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Amud Yomi - Gittin 12b by R' Aaron Cohen


34:24 minutes (5.91 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 12b-13a by R' Aaron Cohen


37:19 minutes (6.41 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 13a by R' Aaron Cohen


19:27 minutes (3.34 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 13a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


25:45 minutes (4.43 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 14a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


21:29 minutes (3.69 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 14b by R' Aaron Cohen


25:19 minutes (4.35 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 14b-15a by R' Aaron Cohen


33:38 minutes (5.78 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 15a by R' Aaron Cohen


23:47 minutes (4.09 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 15a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


24:07 minutes (4.14 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 15b-16a by R' Aaron Cohen


22:28 minutes (3.86 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 16a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


25:33 minutes (4.39 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 16b-17a by R' Aaron Cohen


20:03 minutes (3.45 MB)

Amud Yomi - Gittin 17a-b by R' Aaron Cohen


30:59 minutes (5.32 MB)

Ladies Shiur Noach 5770/2009


31:16 minutes (5.37 MB)

R' Cohen - Hilchos Yichud, Part 1


65:59 minutes (22.66 MB)

R' Cohen - Hilchos Yichud, Part 2


64:35 minutes (22.18 MB)

R' Cohen - Hilchos Yichud, Part 3


59:49 minutes (10.27 MB)

R' Cohen - Tosefes Shabbos 5770/2010


52:57 minutes (9.09 MB)

R' Cohen - Hilchos Yichud Condensed (Women's Shiur)


112:23 minutes (19.29 MB)

This is a condensed single-session version of the 3 part Hilchos Yichud series. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes long.

Ladies Shiur Bo 5770/2010


40:07 minutes (6.89 MB)

Ladies Shiur Purim 5770/2010


42:49 minutes (7.35 MB)

Ladies Shiur Emor 5770/2010


32:55 minutes (5.65 MB)

Hilchos Shabbos - Bishul 1 by R' Aaron Cohen


57:06 minutes (9.81 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos - Bishul 2 by R' Aaron Cohen


43:26 minutes (7.46 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos - Bishul 3 by R' Aaron Cohen


58:33 minutes (10.06 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Bishul 4 by R' Aaron Cohen


61:35 minutes (10.58 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Bishul 5 by R' Aaron Cohen


60:08 minutes (10.33 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Bishul 6 by R' Aaron Cohen


49:11 minutes (8.45 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Bishul 7 by R' Aaron Cohen


46:28 minutes (7.98 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Shehiya 1 by R' Aaron Cohen


62:20 minutes (10.7 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Shehiya 2 by R' Aaron Cohen


33:04 minutes (5.68 MB)

Hilchos Shabbos Chazara 1 by R' Aaron Cohen


46:22 minutes (7.96 MB)

Hilchos Shabbos Chazara 2 by R' Aaron Cohen


21:16 minutes (3.66 MB)

Hilchos Shabbos Chazara 3 by R' Aaron Cohen


50:12 minutes (8.62 MB)

Hilchos Shabbos Chazara 4 by R' Aaron Cohen


50:28 minutes (8.67 MB)

Ladies Shiur Bo 5771/2011


23:09 minutes (3.98 MB)

Hilchos Shabbos Pikuach Nefesh 1 by R' Aaron Cohen


41:55 minutes (7.2 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Pikuach Nefesh 2 by R' Aaron Cohen


43:17 minutes (7.43 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Pikuach Nefesh 3 by R' Aaron Cohen


59:01 minutes (10.14 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Pikuach Nefesh 4 by R' Aaron Cohen


57:02 minutes (9.8 MB)

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Hilchos Shabbos Pikuach Nefesh 5 by R' Aaron Cohen


63:43 minutes (10.94 MB)

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Ladies Shiur Yisro 5771/2011


22:55 minutes (3.94 MB)

Pre-Pesach Shiur - Halachos of Erev Pesach, Seder 5771/2011


80:37 minutes (13.84 MB)

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Ladies Shiur Emor 5771/2011


41:11 minutes (7.07 MB)

Ladies Shiur Bamidbar 5771/2011


28:55 minutes (4.97 MB)

Ladies Shiur Shemos 5772/2012


22:59 minutes (3.95 MB)

Golus Ha'da'as - the need for contemplation in Avodas Hashem

Ladies Shiur Yisro 5772/2012


40:04 minutes (6.88 MB)

Torah as new creation of world, Torah is the truest reality.

R' Aaron Cohen - Tu B'Shvat 5772/2012


6:49 minutes (1.17 MB)

Navigating the spiritual seasons of life

Ladies Shiur Mishpatim 5772/2012


15:11 minutes (2.61 MB)

Giving Tzedaka and doing Chesed out of the goodness of one's heart

Ladies Shiur Terumah 5772/2012


23:31 minutes (4.04 MB)

The legitimacy of different paths in Avodas Hashem

Ladies Shiur Purim 5772/2012


36:51 minutes (6.33 MB)

The enduring significance of Purim, Hashem's everpresent Hashgacha

Ladies Shiur Purim 2 5772/2012


45:22 minutes (7.79 MB)

Rav Soloveitchik's understanding of the joy on Purim

Ladies Shiur Vayakhel Pekudei 5772/2012


51:55 minutes (8.92 MB)

Vayakhel-Pekudei & Parshas Parah 5772 - the fundamental importance of fulfilling Ratzon Hashem

R' Aaron Cohen - Hilchos Seder 5772/2012


92:05 minutes (15.81 MB)

Review of Halachos relating to the Seder (March 18, 2012)

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Ladies Shiur Vayikra 5772/2012


40:25 minutes (6.94 MB)

Parshas Hachodesh 5772 - the 2nd creation through Torah, Klal Yisrael exists outside of realm of nature

Ladies Shiur Pesach 5772/2012


37:54 minutes (6.51 MB)

Physical and spiritual redemption in Yetzias Mitzrayim

Ladies Shiur Pesach #2 5772/2012


38:51 minutes (6.67 MB)

Redemption through identification as being servants of Hashem, not of Pharoh.

Ladies Shiur Kedoshim 5772/2012


34:27 minutes (5.92 MB)

Be'er Moshe on Ahavas Yisrael

Ladies Shiur Emor 5772/2012


22:47 minutes (3.92 MB)

Sefira and improving one's Middos

Ladies Shiur Bechukosai 5772/2012


32:57 minutes (5.66 MB)

Was the 2nd Bais Hamidkash a time of Geulah?

Ladies Shiur Bamidbar-Shavuos 5772/2012


18:03 minutes (3.1 MB)

Bamidbar & Shavuos - creating Matan Torah through our initiative

Ladies Shiur Behaloscha 5772/2012


24:07 minutes (4.14 MB)

Klal Yisrael running away from Har Sinai, the importance of maintaining our connection with a Mikdash Me'at

Introductory Remarks by R' Aaron Cohen


5:35 minutes (984.6 KB)

Hilchos Yichud #2 - no. of men, no. of women by R' Aaron Cohen


25:46 minutes (4.44 MB)

Hilchos Yichud #6 - Doctor, adopted children by R' Aaron Cohen


32:36 minutes (5.61 MB)

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


12:06 minutes (2.21 MB)

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 made to locate and bring these children back. One such child, whose family had perished, was around the age of 13 but it was impossible to determine his exact age. Should he put on Tefillin presently?

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


9:26 minutes (1.75 MB)

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 eagerly went with Rav Oshry and was entrusted to a foster family. He had no knowledge of the most basic elements of Torah and Mitzvos and could not read Hebrew, and the question arose how he should initially fulfill the Mitzva of Krias Shema.

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


6:03 minutes (1.17 MB)

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 circumstances, could these Tefillin be used without checking their Kashrus?

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


11:12 minutes (2.05 MB)

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 was passed down in the family through the generations. Despite his efforts to hide the Sefer Torah, he found it after the liberation torn to shreds. Could he keep the remnants of the Sefer Torah in his home as a memorial to his family, or did he need to bury it in the ground as the Gemara and Shulchan Aruch prescribe?

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


14:00 minutes (2.53 MB)

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 Oshry with trepidation to ask: Is he still allowed to fulfill the Mitzva of Birkas Kohanim, despite the difficulty in making his voice heard to the Tzibbur?

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Setting up matzeiva in destroyed cemetery by R' Aaron Cohen


10:11 minutes (1.88 MB)

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 was impossible to identify the location of their burial within the cemetery. Should he set up a Matzeiva (tombstone) memorializing his parents in the cemetery, even if it would not be located where they were buried?

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


10:01 minutes (1.85 MB)

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 parts of the Bais Knesses, Bais Medrash, or Yeshiva?

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Endangering oneself to join the partisans - v4 #10 by R' Aaron Cohen


13:04 minutes (2.37 MB)

R’ Yitzchak Gold posed the following question to Rav Oshry: The conditions in the Kovno Ghetto were appalling. Periodically large groups of Jews were deported to concentration camps; Jews were often killed suddenly without cause; many died of hunger and illness. Could or should one risk one’s life to join the partisans to fight against the Germans, even though that entailed enormous danger as well?

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


5:52 minutes (1.01 MB)

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 called up for an Aliya to the Torah, can his own name be used when referencing the boy’s father?

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


9:05 minutes (1.56 MB)

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 Bais Medrash, was it considered Tefilla Bi’tzibbur?

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


11:02 minutes (1.9 MB)

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? Could they entrust the children with non-Jewish acquaintances who avowed that they would return the children to their families after the war

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


16:33 minutes (2.85 MB)

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 Shabbos and Yom Tov. Community leaders expressed concern that if the Nazis found out, Rav Oshry would be killed. Was Rav Oshry permitted to endanger himself in order to prevent Jews from desecrating Shabbos?

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


15:20 minutes (2.64 MB)

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 Krias HaTorah. The question is posed to Rav Oshry: can the workers layn the Parshas Hashavua when they return to the ghetto at 7:30?

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


9:27 minutes (1.63 MB)

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?

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


12:33 minutes (2.16 MB)

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 access to food, which would increase his chances of survival. Would he be able to work in the kitchen even though he would be forced to cook on Shabbos? And, if he was allowed to cook the food on Shabbos, was he allowed to eat it?

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


17:32 minutes (3.01 MB)

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 working with him. The Germans caught and beat him mercilessly, causing him to lose his hearing and speech faculties. He maintained his cognitive abilities. Could he be counted in a Minyan? Could he receive an Aliya to the Torah?

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


12:54 minutes (2.22 MB)

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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