Holiday Packages
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yoel Elitzur Where is Modiin? Is Modiin of the Maccabees near the contemporary city called Modiin? Many theories have been advanced, and a close study of the Mishna can help us answer this question.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yehuda Shaviv On Zeal and Baseless Hatred The lighting of the menora in the Beit Ha-Mikdash was always accompanied by miracles. Why, then, did Chazal deem the miracle of the cruse of oil worthy of special commemoration? And how did the period of the Chashmonaim, which began with such zeal for Torah, reach such an unfortunate end?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Chanuka Lights: Oil, Wax or Electricity? Are electric chanukiyot permissible? And what is the status of oil vs. wax candles?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Daniel and the Greek Kingdom A study of the visions of Daniel reveals that many of them relate to the Greek kingdom. Why does Daniel go to the trouble of spelling out in such great detail what will happen in that kingdom?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yehuda Shaviv A Song of David for the Dedication of the House On Chanuka we recite Psalm 30 – “Mizmor shir chanukat ha-bayit le-David,” a song of David for the dedication of the House. What is the significance of this song to the house that King Shlomo built, and why did the Sages decide that this psalm would be recited on Chanuka?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Deriving Benefit from the Chanuka Lights Why are we not allowed to derive benefit from the Chanuka candles, and what are the parameters of this prohibition?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Ezra Bick The Continuing Relevance of the Miracle of the Oil Many victories were marked by holidays during the time of the Second Temple, but they were all nullified by the destruction of the Temple and the subsequent exile. Why is Chanuka different?
שיעורי טקסט Yeshiva Staff Judaism and Art from the Perspective of an Artist The advent of abstract art opens new possibilities for contemporary religious artists.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Purification of the Mikdash The Chashmona'im's re-purification of the Mikdash clearly assumes that the Greeks defiled it, but how is this possible, given the halakhic principle that one cannot, through his actions, forbid something that belongs to someone else? In this shiur, we will analyze the views of the Rishonim on this matter.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The Court of the Chashmonaim In addition to their military victory and the rededication of the Temple, the Chashmonaim had additional far-reaching effects. In this shiur, we highlight the contribution of the court of the Chashmonaim to the shaping of Jewish law, the passing down of the Torah tradition, and its continuity from one generation to the next.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The Story of the Five Tanna’im In the Pesach Hagadda, we recount the story of the five Tanna'im who had a seder together in Bnei Brak. What is the significance of this story, and what were they discussing? This shiur suggests that they were talking about how to apply the lessons of the exodus from Egypt to their own times.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Holy of Holies Chazal interpret the book of Shir Ha-Shirim, which is read on Pesach, as an allegory. In this shiur, we will demonstrate that this is indeed the straightforward understanding of the text.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi "And They Shall Eat of the Meat on that Night" The Pesach offering is unique among the sacrifices, with qualities of both individual and communal offerings, as well as both peace and burnt offerings. In this shiur, we will study the nature of this offering and what it can teach us.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Binyamin Tabory Chametz on Erev Pesach The gemara in Pesachim records a machloket between R. Yehuda and R. Shimon regarding the existence of a prohibition to eat chametz on the afternoon of erev Pesach. In this shiur, we examine how different Rishonim understood this machloket and how they accordingly understood related gemarot.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Alan Jotkowitz The Mitzva of Matza When and how are we supposed to eat matza on the first night of Passover? Is it the first bite or the last which allows us to internalize the message of the holiday? How do we accomplish this in a time when we are separated from family and friends?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Asher Meir Mordekhai, the Jew of Shushan We should not let Haman's astonishing wickedness, nor his final defeat, blind us to his remarkable talents and the depths of the emotional turmoil which he acted out in his impassioned pursuit of Mordekhai and his people.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital Purim and the Sin of Amalek What exactly is the culture of Amalek, against which we are commanded to wage war? If we examine the sections in the Torah that speak about Amalek, we note certain recurring elements...
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky When, Where and How to Read the Megilla The Gemara (Megilla 5a) discusses whether the Megilla, when read during its proper time, may be read privately, without a quorum...
שיעורי טקסט Rav Mordechai Sabato "He Makes Nations Great and Destroys Them" – The Turning Point of the Megilla Upon examination of the book of Esther, we find that only after we have finished reading the entire book can we retroactively appreciate the significance of all the events it relates. Only after we have seen the picture in its entirety, from the third year of King Achashverosh to the twelfth year of his reign, do the many details join together to form a whole mosaic. Only then do we understand the contribution of each and every detail to the final miracle.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Berakhot Recited Before and After Megilla Reading The Megilla reading is preceded by three berakhot: the birkat ha-mitzva (“al mikra megilla”), the birkat ha-nissim (“she-asa nissim”), and the birkat ha-zman (“she-hechiyanu”).
שיעורי טקסט Rav Itamar Eldar Purim – The Holiday of Exile Most of the holidays are mentioned for the first time in the Torah: the holiday of Pesach, the holiday of Matzot, the counting of the Omer, Shavuot, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shmini Atzeret. This is not true with respect to Chanuka and Purim.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Avihud Schwartz Matanot Le-Evyonim: Gifts for the Poor In this shiur, we will review some of the laws of matanot le-evyonim, the gifts to the poor distributed on Purim, in particular noting whether it is classified as a part of the general mitzva of tzedaka or whether it is part of the mitzva to rejoice on Purim.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Purim Meal Mordekhai called Purim “days of feasting of gladness,” from which we derive that there is an obligation to eat a festive meal on Purim. This shiur explores the parameters of this mitzva.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Purim and Yom Kippur The Zohar associates Purim with Yom Kippur, two days that appear to be distinct opposites. In this shiur, we will analyze the connections between these two days, in particular the lots that appear both in the Megilla and in the laws of Yom Kippur.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi The Obligation of Women in Megilla Reading Are women obligated to read or to hear the megilla? Why is this not considered a regular time-bound positive mitzva? Can women read for men? Is there a difference between the reading at night and during the day?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Torah Reading of Purim On Mondays and Thursdays and on Shabbat at Mincha, no less than ten verses of the Torah should be read in the synagogue Why then do we read only 9 verses on Purim morning?
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.

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