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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 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 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 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.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Visiting the Temple Mount in Our Time The issue of visiting the Temple Mount is a somewhat loaded topic. In this shiur, I shall deal exclusively with the halakhic aspects of this issue, and not with its other dimensions, the importance of which should not be treated lightly.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital "If I Forget You, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Forget Its Cunning" In his Guide of the Perplexed (III:45), the Rambam points out that the Torah does not mention the exact location of Jerusalem and the Temple, but rather makes use of expressions such as "the place which God will choose." However, in the Rambam's view, Avraham dedicated the place where he bound Yitzchak as the site of the future Temple....
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Jerusalem's Two Types of Sanctity, and Their Implications The Gemara in several places deals with the question whether the "first sanctification" was only temporary or meant to be forever. This question arises both with respect to the sanctity of the land of Israel and with respect to the sanctity of Jerusalem and the Temple.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yitzchak Levy Jerusalem - City of Justice
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "For the Sake of My Brothers... For the Sake of the House of the Lord" A song, a psalm of the sons of Korach: Great is the Lord, and highly praised, in the city of our God, the mountain of His holiness. Of beautiful situation, the joy of the whole earth – Mount Zion; the sides of the north, the city of the great King… (Tehillim 48:1-3) These verses highlight two aspects of Jerusalem. The first is its esthetic beauty: "Of beautiful situation, the joy of the whole earth." The other is the universal nature: Jerusalem is both ours ("the city of our God") and everybody’s ("the joy of the whole earth").
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital The Western Wall and "Western" Civilization
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi The Heavenly Jerusalem and the Earthly Jerusalem Jerusalem is the connection between heaven and earth. What is the nature of this connection?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Praying Towards Jerusalem
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Celebrating Yom Ha-atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim On the fifth of Iyar, 5708 (May 14, 1948), three years after the conclusion of World War II and the destruction of European Jewry, including the murder of six million Jews, fifty-one years after the First Zionist Congress, and close to two thousand years after the destruction of the second Beit Ha-mikdash, David Ben-Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel, based upon the UN Partition Plan (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181) approved on November 29, 1947.

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