From The Depths

From The Depths

This podcast explores Questions and Responsa From the Depths by Rabbi Ephraim Oshry ob"m, his magnum opus on questions he addressed relating to the Holocaust. Rabbi Oshry was a survivor of the Kovno ghetto, and this in-depth analysis of his writings provides a fascinating window into his decision-making processes. Intended for mature audiences, with or without a Judaic studies background.


September 5, 2022 13 min

Did the homes in the ghetto require a mezuzah?

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May one use electric lights as Shabbos candles in the ghetto?

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With regards to a first-born son with an absent father, who may perform the mitzvah of pidyon haben, redeeming the first-born son? 

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July 31, 2022 14 min

A young man raised in an assimilated home wishes to undergo a circumcision in the Kovno ghetto. Can a nonreligious doctor perform this procedure? This is a question which applies even today with regards to many men who have had circumcisions performed by either non Jewish doctors or nonreligious mohels. Here is Rabbi Oshry's response. 

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Should someone in the ghetto  recite the special blessing of HaGomel, which is said when saved from a dangerous situation, when they are spared from being rounded up by the Nazis? 

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July 10, 2022 28 min

Can someone in the ghetto commit suicide to avoid having to witness the murder of his family? A heartbreaking question, a dubious source, and a not-so-simple answer. 

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June 27, 2022 15 min

Is it better to perform hard labor or transgress the Sabbath by cooking? And can someone eat the food cooked on the Sabbath? 

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June 15, 2022 9 min

Can the clothes of martyred Jews be used by someone else? Rabbi Oshry responds. 

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May one transgress a Biblical commandment for a possible future danger to life? In this episode, Rabbi Ephraim Oshry's response is presented. 

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May 30, 2022 8 min

A biography of Rabbi Ephraim Oshry ob"m and an introduction to this series. 

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May 30, 2022 16 min

In this episode, Rabbi Oshry discusses the laws pertaining to desecration of Torah scrolls. 

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