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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.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital On Jewish Faith during the Holocaust According to the Tosafot (Rosh Ha-shana 16b), the three books that are open on Rosh Ha-shana deal with one’s fate in the World to Come. Nahmanides (Torat HaAdam, Shaar HaGemul), however, maintains that the judgment on Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur concerns one’s fate in this world. In our prayers we say that God considers every living thing, remembering it for life or for death; on Rosh Ha-shana it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Mediocre Teshuva and the Teshuva of the Mediocre The concept of teshuva (repentance) bears a dual aspect. On the one hand, when teshuva is successfully completed, it can have an elitist tinge. As Chazal say, “In the place where ba’alei teshuva (penitents) stand, even the completely righteous cannot stand” (Berakhot 34b, Sanhedrin 99a).
שיעורי טקסט Rav Nechemia Raanan Higher Repentance and Lower Repentance Rambam and Ramban present different portraits of teshuva, specifically with regard to whether teshuva is accomplished by the person alone or with divine aid. These two depictions parallel the kabbalistic distinction between lower teshuva and higher teshuva.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital A Heavenly Voice on Yom Kippur How can a person purify himself in a single day? Yom Kippur is unique in many ways.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The First Yom Kippur There are a number of fascinating parallels between Moshe's second ascent to Mount Sinai and the Kohen Gadol's entry to the Holy of Holies every Yom Kippur.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The Ten Martyrs Why is the piyyut "Eleh Ezkera," recounting the slaying of the Ten Martyrs, found in the Ashkenazi liturgy on Yom Kippur? And why is it placed specifically in Musaf at the conclusion of the recounting of the Yom Kippur Temple service?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Nechemia Raanan The Service of Motza’ei Yom Kippur The Musar masters draw our attention to the fact that the most important part of Yom Kippur might in fact be what follows it.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital “We Have Acted Without Knowledge” This declaration is a strange one with which to open Yom Kippur. What is it trying to convey?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan A Day of Matchmaking The mishna asserts that the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur are joyous holidays of matchmaking. Upon what is this assertion based?
שיעורי טקסט Yeshiva Staff Reading Yona with the Rambam, the Rav, and R. Lichtenstein Sefer Yona describes the power of teshuva. Through a theological approach to the sefer, based on the accumulated wisdom of some of our greatest rabbinical thinkers, we can come to a deeper and more profound understanding of the sefer and of the nature of teshuva itself.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Binyamin Tabory Affliction on Yom Kippur The prohibitions of Yom Kippur are formulated by the Torah in positive terms (“You shall afflict your souls”), not as prohibitions (e.g., “You shall not eat”). What are the ramifications of this?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Messages of Jerusalem The Gemara (Bava Kama 82b) lists ten rituals that were not performed in Jerusalem, including the egla arufa (decapitated heifer), declaration of an ir ha-nidachat (idolatrous city), etc. The reason for this unique status was that Jerusalem, unlike all other portions of Eretz Yisrael, was not given to any of the tribes.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yitzchak Levy The Significance of the Name "Jerusalem" What is the significance of the name "Jerusalem" (Yerushalayim)?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "The Perfection of Beauty:" The Symbolism of Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael The book of Tehillim (48:3) describes Jerusalem as being "of panoramic beauty; the joy of the whole world." This relates to two aspects of the city. The "panoramic beauty" expresses its esthetic splendor, while the "joy" describes our experience of Jerusalem.