Tisha B'Av

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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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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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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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?

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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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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