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שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein “Because They Partook of the Banquet of the Wicked One”
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan "And It Came to Pass, in the Days of Achashverosh…" The absence of God in Megillat Ester is far more than a textual quirk; it reflects the deeper challenge for the Jews under the Persian Empire.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Challenge of Amalek What does the Torah's attitude towards Amalek, Ammon and Moav teach us about the darkness that lurks in the hearts of men?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Is Purim a Yom Tov? An Analysis of Simchat Purim A close look at the Megilla reveals that the nature and content of this new holiday appears to have evolved from one form of a Yom Tov to another. In this shiur, we will trace the evolution of Purim as a Yom Tov and attempt to understand the unique nature of Simchat Purim.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "Because They Partook of the Feast of the Wicked One"
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Seeking the Welfare of Zion and Jerusalem "For I will restore health to you and I will heal you of your wounds, says the Lord, because they called you 'deserted,' saying: 'This is Zion, whose welfare is sought by none.'" (Yirmiyahu 30:17)
שיעורי טקסט Rav Amichai Gordin Why Does the Year Begin in the Seventh Month? The mishna at the beginning of Rosh Ha-shana (1:1) rules that we are to count four separate calendars.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "Let Us Enter Your Gates" On Rosh Ha-shana we pray: Today is the birth of the world; today all the creatures of the world will stand for judgment, whether as children or as slaves ... .
שיעורי טקסט Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Human Dimension of Shofar RH-YK. When we think about shofar blowing, we intutitively imagine a primal cry that breaches the boundaries of language and makes it unnecessary to spell out the message in clear-cut and precise terms.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital A Wordless Blast The Torah does not explicitly command us to blow the shofar on Rosh Ha-Shana. Rather, the Torah says, “It shall be for you a day of shofar blowing” (Bamidbar 29:1) .
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein For the Sin of Neglect
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi Holiness and Kingship
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital A Treasury of Humility May it be God’s will that we merit a good year, a year of life and peace, a year of spiritual awakening. May we be able to stand at the gates of the “treasury of free gifts” and say to God, "We have not"; may we pray with humility. Perhaps then God will grant us a spiritual awakening, and salvation for each individual and for the nation as a whole, and inscribe and seal us and all of Israel for a good year.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Is Teshuva Easy or Hard? Pay attention to the following statement, as well as to your instinctive inner reaction to it: “Teshuva is really easy!”
שיעורי טקסט Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein "Also Noach You Remembered with Love" At the heart of the Zikhronot blessing in the Rosh Ha-shana liturgy stands Noach, who was chosen to exemplify the manner in which God remembers His creatures with love.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital Two Types of Coronation This coronation on Rosh Ha-shana has two senses which are really one. There is a coronation of God in the realm of consciousness and faith, and a coronation that encompasses all of a person’s daily activities, both physical and spiritual.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky When Do We Blow the Shofar and Why? Why do we blow shofar before, during and after the Amida? Which of these is the main fulfillment of the mitzva? And what is the connection between shofar and prayer?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital “I Will Be Exalted Among the Nations” One of the main functions of the shofar is to coronate God as ruler of all humanity. What is the meaning of Divine sovereignty and why is it a source of joy?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Relationship Between Shofar and Prayer The shofar blasts and the prayers can be viewed as two factors “competing” for primacy. But they can also be seen as a couple walking together, each giving strength to the other, and both together leading to a stronger and richer fulfillment of standing before God.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yehuda Shaviv Tractate Rosh Hashana – Problems and Solutions Masekhet Rosh Hashana is unique in that a large part of it does not discuss Rosh Hashana at all, but rather the sanctification of the new moon. In this shiur, we will discuss the deliberate order and arrangement of this tractate and how it reflects a crucial element of Rosh Hashana.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital The Shofar Is Considered Service in the Holy of Holies In this sicha, originally delivered before the sounding of the shofar, Rav Amital zt”l discussed the kavvana that should accompany the fulfillment of this lofty mitzvah.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Teshuva: Obligation and Opportunity Teshuva is our great opportunity to make amends for all our missed opportunities; and this in itself obligates us to engage in teshuva…
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Sacrifices of Shavuot: Shtei ha-Lechem and Kevasim The two offerings on Shavuot, the shtei ha-lechem and the kivsei atzeret, have unique halakhic qualities, and certain opinions may indicate that they are integrated into a unique fusion.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Hunger for the Word of God As Jews, we should be animated by a hunger for the word of God. If we do not feel sufficient enthusiasm in Torah study, this can indicate either narrow problems or broader religious and personal issues.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Yael Ziegler Three Forms of Redemption in Megillat Ruth What does Ruth mean when she asks Boaz to “redeem” her, and what are the broader implications of the theme of redemption in Megillat Ruth?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Itamar Eldar "AND ALL THE PEOPLE SAW THE SOUNDS" What does the Torah mean by the paradoxical statement that “all the people saw the sounds” at Sinai? We shall explore the writings of the Sefat Emet, Degel Machane Ephraim, R Yosef Gikatilla and the Nazir to understand the interplay between seeing and hearing, objective and subjective, humility and infinity.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "Moshe Hid His Face, For He Was Afraid to Look at God" Both Moshe and Bnei Yisrael recoiled when they encountered God. Was this fear or awe? An examination reveals this question to be pertinent to our lives as well.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn Birkat ha-Torah: The Highest of Blessings Is Birkat Ha-Torah a blessing on a mitzva or a blessing of praise and thanks? Is its recitation a biblical mitzva or a rabbinic one? Is it an individual mitzva or a communal one? This shiur explores these questions through the lenses of the Rambam and Rav Soloveitchik.
שיעורי טקסט Yeshiva Staff R. Yehuda Amital on Torah Study By Dr. Aharon Ahrend Rav Amital zt”l had fascinating insights into the nature and importance of Torah study in our day.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shlomo Levy Days of Tikkun Ha-middot In this shiur, we discuss the role of sefirat ha-omer in our attempt to achieve tikkun ha-middot, better character.