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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 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.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital “You Shall Be Called ‘My Delight’” The 28th of Iyar has come to be known as “Yom Yerushalayim,” but in the Tanakh, this appellation appears in the context of the Destruction.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital "Again There Shall Be Heard ... in the Streets of Jerusalem" Throughout the Bible, Jerusalem is portrayed as the city of God, the city in which the Temple resides. Yirmiyahu prophesies that the bridegroom and the bride will approach the Temple with sacrifices of thanksgiving in their hands: “the voice of those saying, ‘Praise the Lord of Hosts...’ as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving to the House of God.”
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yitzchak Levy Why Does the Chumash Not Mention Jerusalem by Name? Surprisingly, nowhere in the Pentateuch is Jerusalem mentioned by its full name.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Mordechai Breuer “The Lord Loves the Gates of Zion” Tehillim 87 describes the special love that God has for Jerusalem.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Mabrahtu Solomon THE JOURNEY TO YARUSALEM The Jews of Ethiopia longed for Jerusalem, and many did not merit to see her. This is the story of my aliya journey to the special city.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi "I Have Set Watchmen upon Your Walls" Jerusalem brings together the material and the spiritual, heaven and earth, the monarchy and sanctity, the Temple and the royal city.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital Burst Forth and Sing Together, Ruins of Jerusalem
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Yerushalayim, the Joy of the World
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Yerushalayim - Seat of Sanctity and Royalty
שיעורי טקסט Rav Chaim Navon The Mitzva to Settle the Land of Israel What is the nature of the mitzva to settle the Land of Israel? This shiur explores the ramifications of the positions of the Rambam and Ramban, the application of this mitzva in our own time, and the relevance of achievement of Jewish sovereignty of the Land.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan They Shall Yet Live: A Eulogy for our Beloved Student, Zachary Baumel HY”D After going missing in action nearly thirty-seven years ago, our dear student Zachary Baumol was finally brought to rest last month on Mt. Herzl. Along with the president, prime minister, and family members, Harav Medan eulogized him.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Afflictions of Yom Kippur: What is Forbidden and to Whom? The mishna (Yoma 73b) mentions five afflictions observed on Yom Kippur: the prohibitions of eating, washing, anointing, wearing leather shoes, and engaging in marital relations.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital “Who Purifies You” – The Repentance of Yom Kippur
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan Repentance: Theory and Practice
שיעורי טקסט Rav Itamar Eldar “Take with You Words, and Return to God” – The Power of Confession On Shabbat Shuva, we read the inspiring message of the prophet Hoshea: “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled in your sin. Take with you words, and return to God; say to Him, ‘Forgive all sin and receive us well, so we will offer the words of our lips instead of calves.” (Hoshea 14:2-3)
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital Yom Kippur: Day of Kingship and Judgment The central theme of Rosh Ha-shana is God's kingship, and this continues to feature prominently on Yom Kippur. We see this most clearly in the Amida, where, between Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur, we refer to God as “ha-Melekh ha-Kadosh” – the Holy King.

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