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Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital A Treasury of Humility
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 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.
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 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 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 .