The weekly ‘Panorama of Halacha’ shiurim delivered by Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin of London, and featured on Anash.org for the past 2-plus years, has now developed into a 140-page book.
By Anash.org reporter
After being enjoyed by many thousands of Anash.org readers over two-and-a-half years, the popular ‘Panorama of Halacha’ shiurim series by Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin of London has developed into a hardcover 140-page book.
The weekly shiurim by Dayan Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, began during the coronavirus pandemic, as shiurim and shul-going were severely limited. Looking for a way to continue to spread Torah even under the circumstances, Dayan Raskin launched a new virtual shiur.
The shiurim, which explore a wide range of interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas, was aptly named ‘Panorama of Halacha’. Every week, a list ranging between ten and twenty topics are discussed, including follow-ups from the previous classes.
With the shiurim being recorded, the organizers decided to publish them online and make them available to a wider audience. Naturally, they turned to Anash.org to partner with them and help bring the shiurim to as wide a crowd as possible.
Originally intended to be a short series, the classes quickly gained a large following, with hundreds of Anash.org readers enjoying the shiur every week. Seeing the interest, the shiurim kept on going, and continue to be a popular feature on Anash.org.
With the growing interest, bochur Amitai Coplon decided that it would be appropriate to publish selections from the shiur as a sefer. After receiving permission from Dayan Raskin, he began culling content from each shiur during this past year, when he was serving as a shliach in the Postville Yeshiva.
Comprising one hundred questions and answers, the sefer is targeted at anyone who would like to develop a broader perspective on halachic quandaries. What began as a project to clarify and delve deeper into these shiurim as a tool for my own learning, quickly drew interest from many family, friends, and teachers, encouraging further writing and eventual publication of this volume.
“While there are many seforim of Shaalos U’Teshuvos, it often can be daunting for many to navigate the tens of sources, complex language as well as rare abbreviations, to understand the background of any one answer,” Coplon said. “It is our hope that this sefer will allow amateur and seasoned learners alike to gain a wider knowledge of halacha through the explanations, bilingual sources, and complete footnotes.”
The sefer was originally published as a teshura for the wedding of Rabbi Yosef and Rufa Gabriel. Upon seeing the sefer, Dayan Raskin expressed his delight.
“It is a very rewarding moment to see these notes coming out in print. In addition to our community’s keenness to fulfill the Mitzvos of Hashem meticulously, there is a thirst to understand the development of Halacha from its sources down to its application in contemporary life. The use of Zoom has enabled the presentation of sources to one’s audience like never before,” Dayan Raskin said.
Coplon said that it is his fervent hope that this contribution to the spread of Halacha study will help usher in the era when the occupation of the entire world will solely be to know Hashem, with the coming of Moshiach.
“A debt of gratitude is owed to Dayan L.Y. Raskin for his dedication and numerous hours preparing and teaching the many who join his weekly shiurim, now given in two languages. Particular thanks is also given to Anash.org for hosting the shiurim every week and bringing it to such a wide audience,” he said.
This sefer is arranged according to the sequence of the four sections of Shulchan Aruch, with a table at the end of the volume helping one find the source shiur where each essay was taken from.
It is now available on Amazon for purchase, in hard cover and soft cover formats.
Click here to download a sample of the new sefer.
Dayan Raskin’s video shiurim can be found at: Anash.org/category/torah/
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