Rav Aviad Tabory
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #12: 19 November 1977 “No more war, no more bloodshed” Sadat’s Visit to Jerusalem and the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty Part I The 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty raised many halakhic questions. When is one allowed to give up parts of the Land of Israel? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #13: 19 November 1977 “No more war, no more bloodshed” Sadat’s Visit to Jerusalem and the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty Part II Peace with Egypt raised many halakhic issues about the permissibility of living in or visiting the country. Should Spain or Germany have similar prohibitions due to their horrific historical treatment of the Jews? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #14: 6 June 1982 Shelom Ha-Galil, First Lebanon War Part I The First Lebanon War presented a number of moral and halakhic quandaries, as for the first time the State of Israel faced off against non-state actors in a controversial military confrontation. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #15: 6 June 1982 Shelom Ha-Galil, First Lebanon War Part II When Israeli-allied Phalangists massacred Palestinians in Beirut in 1982, the Jewish world and the world at large were horrified. What are the halakhic and hashkafic implications of such an event? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #16: 9 November 1989 The Fall of the Berlin Wall and Aliya from the Soviet Union, Part 1 The fall of the Berlin Wall raised a number of questions about the halakhic implications of mass immigration to the State of Israel. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #17: 9 November 1989 The Fall of the Berlin Wall and Aliya from the Soviet Union, Part 2 While many Israeli citizens from the former Soviet Union who are not halakhically Jewish serve in the IDF, the question of where to bury those who are unfortunately killed in action is a fraught halakhic dilemma. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #18: 9 November 1989 The Fall of the Berlin Wall and Aliya from the Soviet Union Part 3 Many of the immigrants from the former Soviet Union were not halakhically Jewish. This created a national crisis, with rabbis clashing over the proper approach to conversion for this community. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #19: 17 January 1991 The Gulf War: A New Type of Conflict The Gulf War of 1990-1991 raised many halakhic issues of how Jewish soldiers, and Jews in general, should approach the prospect of war. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #20: 24 May 1991 Operation Shelomo Aliya of Ethiopian Jewry The mass aliyah of Ethiopian Jews created a halakhic challenge: Is this community Jewish by birth or not? Does the lack of a halakhic tradition mean that we must be concerned about mamzerut? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #21: 25 February 1994 Massacre at Me'arat Ha-Makhpela The massacre at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron in 1994 horrified the Jewish world, raising halakhic issues which had first been confronted sixty years earlier. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #22: 4 November 1995 Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin The Rabin assassination was a traumatic event for Israeli society, forcing religious Jews to confront the idea of kingship in Judaism: a positive command or necessary evil? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #23: 29 March 2002 Operation Defensive Shield, Halakhic Challenges for the IDF The IDF's 2002 response to a wave of terror attacks raised a number of halakhic questions regarding Shabbat in the army, as experienced by a reservist on the front lines. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #24: 13 August 2005, Disengagement from Gaza The 2005 Disengagement from Gaza raised many halakhic problems, but the deepest dilemma was about the fate of synagogues located there. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #25: 12 July 2006 Second Lebanon War Part I The Second Lebanon War, with its intense fighting, raised an issue confronting Jews for at least a century: Do kohanim belong on the battlefield? What are the halakhic ramifications of their participating in combat? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #26: 12 July 2006 Second Lebanon War Part II Going back to the generation of the Exodus, the issue of keeping kosher in the army has been a pressing halakhic issue. What did this mean for IDF personnel in Lebanon in 2006? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #27: 5 April 2019 Military Funeral of Zechariah Baumel on Mt. Herzl The funeral of Sgt. Zechariah Baumel earlier this month, 37 years after he was killed in action in the First Lebanon War, raised many painful but important questions: How does Halakha respond to such complex situations? Should Jews be re-interred in Israel? When may we adopt non-Jewish practices? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #28: 27 December 2008 Operation Cast Lead Operation Cast Lead was the first full-scale Israeli response to attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza, but the questions raised about who should be serving in the IDF date back to the founding of the State of Israel. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #29: 27 December 2008 Operation Cast Lead Part II The conscription of yeshiva students has been controversial since the inception of the State of Israel. What biblical models are there for student-soldiers as the preferred option? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #30: 8 July 2014 Operation Tzuk Eitan Operation Protective Edge raised a number of questions about what a Jewish army should do to rescue its soldiers, especially when terrorists operate from within civilian populations. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #31: 14 May 2018 Relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem The relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem in 2018 raises a question: What exactly does the status of Jerusalem as Israel's capital mean from the legal and philosophical perspectives of Jewish tradition? Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #32: 22 February 2019 Planting Israel’s Flag Among the Stars The Israeli flag is iconic, but does it have halakhic significance? This question brings us all the way back to Mount Sinai and all the way up to the surface of the Moon. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #33: 17 August 1949: Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl’s Burial in Jerusalem Orthodox Jewry was challenged by the rise of Theodor Herzl, a secular Jew who changed the world by leading the modern political movement of Zionism. Attitudes towards him, more than a century after his death, still have an impact on the Orthodox perception of secular Jews in Israel. Halakhic Responses to Israeli History

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