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Alei Etzion 16: Table of Contents

  • Harav Aharon Lichtenstein


עלי עציון

Alei  Etzion


A Torah Periodical of Yeshivat Har Etzion

Volume 16 / Iyar 5769



Rav Reuven Ziegler, Editor

Rav Naftali Balanson and Rav Yoseif Bloch, Assistant Editors


When residents of Gush Etzion were forced in 1948 to abandon the area, they gazed from afar at the remaining oak tree as a symbol of faith and hope for the future.  Yeshivat Har Etzion and Alon Shevut, the settlement which grew around it (literally, the Oak of Return), continue to draw inspiration from this steadfast tree.  Like the tree, which stands firmly rooted while the wind carries its leaves in all directions, the Yeshiva flourishes within while spreading Torah without.  The name Alei Etzion (Leaves of Etzion) symbolizes our commitment to the development of Torah scholarship, and to its dissemination throughout the Jewish world. 


Cover:   Photograph, Boris Smertenko

      Design, Mountain High Productions, 02-993-4554


The editorial board welcomes comments and original articles for inclusion in the next issue of Alei Etzion


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Dedicated by

Rachel, Allen ('79-'80), Elie ('05-'07), Nava and Yosie Friedman


Moreinu ve-Rabbeinu Ha-Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

and to the future of thinking Torah-true Judaism
he has done so much to secure


לזכר נשמות

הרב ברוך מאיר בן הרב גדליהו אהרן ורעייתו טובה גיטל בת הרב יוסף דוד

חנה בת יעקב ודבורה






The Responsibilities of the Recipient of Charity                 7


Kofin al Middat Sedom: Compulsory Altruism?               31


Does Involvement in Torah Study

    Exempt One from Mitzvot?                                            71




Yosef’s Tears                                                                  109


“The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep”

    – Reading a Poem by Robert Frost                              129


Kallot va-Chamurot”:

    Gradation of Sins in Repentance                                 135


Jerusalem: Between Holiness and Purity                         155


“Is This Not a Brand Plucked from the Fire?”

    – Confronting the Aftermath of the Holocaust            165




Torat Chesed:

    The Writings of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein                175