Yitzchak Breitowitz: Navigating Controversy

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SUMMARY

This episode is sponsored by Daniella and Ari Schwartz in memory of their grandfather Mr. Baruch Mappa a”h – Baruch Ben Asher Zelig HaLevi.

In this edition of the 18Forty Podcast, we speak with Rav Yitzchak Breitowitz—Rav of Kehillos Ohr Somayach and host of the Q & A with Rabbi Breitowitz Podcast—about the key Jewish issues of our time and how we should handle them. 

Rabbi Breitowitz helps us look for the correct framework for discussing intellectual difficulties, family challenges, and the nature of the expanding and diverse Jewish tradition. 

  • How should we discuss sensitive topics on public forums? 
  • What is Rabbi Breitowitz’s advice for 18Forty?
  • What sources can people turn to when they’re losing faith in Judaism? 

Tune in to hear a conversation about what it means to address the big and fraught questions. 

Interview begins at 19:51.

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Ner Israel Rabbinical College, and Harvard Law School. He’s been a rav in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He currently teaches at Ohr Somayach.


References:

The Q & A with Rabbi Breitowitz Podcast

Siftei Chaim – Emunah Ve’Bechirah by Rabbi Chaim Friedlander

Tzidkat HaTzadik by Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin

Nineteen Letters by Samson Raphael Hirsch

Horeb by Samson Raphael Hirsch

Rav Hirsch on Torah by Samson Raphael Hirsch

Tanya by Shneur Zalman of Liadi