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שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Why Learn Gemara? Judaism places great emphasis on the study of Torah. But why the focus on the realm of Halakha, and specifically the choice of gemara as the central text?
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Avigail Rock Rashi as a Teacher of Values Rashi’s Bible commentary not only fosters close reading of verses but also seeks to convey central Jewish values. Indeed, it has been perhaps the most influential vector of Jewish moral and religious teachings in the past millennium.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Torah Lishmah – In the Mind or in the Heart? “Torah for its own sake” is a particularly praiseworthy form of Torah study. Does this refer to one’s motivation for study, or the goal of studying? Is it in the heart or the mind?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg The Covenant of the Avot and the Covenant of Sinai Before God forged a covenant with the Jewish people at Sinai, He had forged a covenant with our forefathers Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov (Berit Avot). The Sinai covenant focuses on laws, while Berit Avot centers on values. What is the relationship between these two covenants and how do they interact?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tzvi Sinensky The Purpose of Talmud Torah Why is talmud Torah assigned so much weight in the rabbinical tradition? We will propose a series of explanations for the importance of Torah study.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Matan Torah as a Conversion Process – Paradigm or Exception? Our Sages derive the process of conversion from the events of Har Sinai; but can we really compare the Jews who left Egypt and then stood ready to accept the Torah to an absolute foreigner who is surrendering his or her previous identity? How does Sinai model future conversions, and how is it exceptional?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Why Was Elimelekh Punished? The harsh fate of Elimelekh seems to indicate the biblical punishment of kareit, premature death and the death of one's children. What does he do to deserve such a horrific punishment, and what does this tell us about Boaz's unique kindness?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Women in the Torah World in the Thought of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein "I believe that my father sounded a unique voice with regard to the incorporation of women into the world of Torah, and his actions have had an impact upon thousands of women."
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Mitzva to Dwell in a Sukka: Contrasting the First Night and the Rest of the Festival In determining the nature of the mitzva to dwell in the sukka, we must first distinguish between the first night and the rest of the Festival. The gemara (Sukka 27a) cites a debate between R. Eliezer and the Sages regarding how often one must eat in the sukka.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yoel Elitzur “Ka-Arava”: Sukkot and Zechariah's Prophecy of Redemption In the haftara that we read on the first day of Sukkot, the prophet Zechariah declares that in the future, the whole land of Israel will become ka-arava. What is the meaning of ka-arava in this context, and what does this teach us about the nature of the promised redemption?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Interference with Sekhakh from Above and Below What is the optimal thickness of sekhakh – should one be able to see the stars through it? May it protect the sukka from rain and falling leaves? What if it allows in more sunlight than shade, and what if is under another sukka or under a tree? Finally, what are the laws of the sukka decorations and when do they interfere with the sekhakh?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The Sukkot Celebrated by Those Who Returned to Zion from the Babylonian Exile Sefer Nechemya describes how those who returned from Babylonia to Eretz Yisrael celebrated the festival of Sukkot shortly after their return to Zion. What was the significance of the celebration and why is it emphasized?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Binyamin Tabory Ḥol HaMoed (Intermediate Days of Passover and Sukkot) How do we determine which types of labor are permitted on chol ha-moed and which are forbidden? This question helps us the define the nature of these intermediate days.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Reading Kohelet on Sukkot What is the reason for the accepted practice to read the book of Kohelet on Sukkot? In this shiur, we will examine four different explanations and attempt to tie them together to define the message of Kohelet as a whole.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Building the Sukka Must a sukka be built with “intention” (kavana) to be a sukka, or at least to provide shade? Who may build a sukka? What is the sanctity of the sukka and what are its practical ramifications?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi Simchat Torah It is the customary practice in all Jewish communities to complete the annual public Torah reading cycle on Shemini Atzeret, which is the day of Simchat Torah. The origin of this practice is unclear, however. In this shiur, we present an explanation based on the original Torah-reading practice in Eretz Yisrael, when the Torah was completed twice every seven years.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Real Booths or Clouds of Glory? The Tannaim offer two explanations of the Torah's reason for the mitzva of dwelling in sukkot - that God protected us with the clouds of glory in the desert or that we dwelt in actual booths in the desert. What is the significance of this dispute, and what is emphasized by each view?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Rejoicing over the Primal Torah We celebrate the Torah on two separate holidays in the year. Given that Shavuot is the “Festival of the Giving of the Torah,” why do we also celebrate Simchat Torah, the “Rejoicing over the Torah”?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The Torah Source for the Water Libation The mitzva of the water libation on Sukkot has no explicit source in the Torah. However, an examination of the story of Eliyahu on Mt. Carmel yields not only an allusion to it but also helps us understand the meaning of this mitzva.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Laws of Tisha Be-Av The beraita (Ta’anit 30a) teaches that “all the restrictions that apply to the mourner apply on Tisha Be-Av; eating, drinking, bathing, anointing, the wearing of shoes and marital relations, are forbidden thereon.”
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Aggadot of the Destruction: The Story of R. Yishmael’s Children In the Babylonian Talmud, the aggadot about the Destruction of the Temple are found in the fifth chapter of Massekhet Gittin (55b-58a).
שיעורי טקסט Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Vaetchanan: Shabbat Nachamu - "Comfort My People, Comfort Them" The custom of reading haftarot of consolation after Tisha Be-Av is widely documented by the Rishonim and continues to our very day.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Aggadot of the Destruction: The Story of Rabbi Tzadok’s Children The Story of Rabbi Tzadok’s Children .
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Aggadot of Redemption: Can We Ask When Mashiach Will Come? The aggedeta (Sanhedrin 98a) recounts a story in which R. Yehoshua ben Levi inquires regarding the timing of Mashiach's coming and receives a cryptic answer. We will discover that the gemara is attempting to convey the message that Mashiach will come specifically when we focus on creating the society worthy of the redemption, as opposed to focusing on his arrival.
שיעורי טקסט Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik “Shall I Weep In The Fifth Month?” Why was it necessary, according to the Rambam, to mourn the First Temple even after the Second Temple had been built? And why must we observe Tisha BeAv today, if Jerusalem is once more in our hands?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan “How Shall I Bear Alone” Chazal perceived the connection between the catastrophe of exile and the very first pang of despair experienced by Moshe with regard to his ability to lead Am Yisrael by his own example and elevate them to his level. What is the connection between the appointment of elders and judges and the eventual churban?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shmuel David The Seed of Consolation in the Destruction The midrash tells us that Mashiach was born on the very day of the destruction. What is this midrash trying to convey?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Why Did the Sages Remain Silent? A New Reading of the Aggadot of the Destruction The famous story of “Kamtza and Bar Kamtza" is not simply describing historical events, but also expressing an idea. The story contains a number of difficulties, and a close reading will help us understand the idea at the story’s heart.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein “The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep”: Reading a Poem by Robert Frost What is the proper way to relate to an artistic creation? This question is frequently raised by students of literature, and it concerns yeshiva students as well.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Jerusalem of Gold, of Brass, of Light In this psalm, King David portrays several aspects of Jerusalem: Jerusalem as God's home, as the seat of justice, and as a meeting-point for the tribes of Israel. This chapter deals not only with the nature of Jerusalem itself, but also with the feelings it arouses in the hearts of the pilgrims who arrive there.

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