Rav Yoel Bin-Nun
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Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Pesach and the Feast of Matzot – Two Holidays Rather than One In the Torah, Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Matzot (Chag Ha-Matzot) are two connected holidays, rather than a single holiday that begins with the Paschal offering. In this shiur, we will analyze the significance and difference between these two festivals. 01- פרשת השבוע
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Practical Mitzvot Parashat Ki Tetze contains more mitzvot than any other Torah portion, and this shiur will focus on three of them. We will see how the commands to help load and unload animals relates to helping drivers in distress; we will see how the Torah's rules on fugitive slaves relate to both the Ancient Near East and 19th-century America; finally, we will examine how heter iska addresses concerns of charging interest for Jewish bankers and borrowers. 01- פרשת השבוע
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Can there be a third destruction? A reading of the curses in light of Ramban’s commentary Parashat Ki Tavo presents a chilling set of curses, echoing those found in the penultimate chapter of Vayikra. In this shiur, we will analyze the differences between them as interpreted by Ramban, as well as Ramban's general approach to the Torah, viewing its events through a historical lens. What does this mean for our generation? 01- פרשת השבוע
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun A Psalm for Independence Day Holiday Packages
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Upside-Down World of Megillat Esther Megillat Esther
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Exchange of Letters at the End of Megillat Esther Megillat Esther
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Intractable Question: Why Did Yosef Not Send Word to his Father? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The "Way Of The Land Of The Philistines" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun War and the Morality of War In this week's shiur, we discuss a number of the Torah's lessons about the morality of war that can be gleaned from the account of the war against Midyan, including the morality of preemptive war, taking booty, and killing women and children. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Song of the Torah The first chapter of Sefer Bereishit presents an account remarkably similar to the scientific account of creation. In this shiur, we examine a number of details that contribute to this conclusion. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Why is the Story of the Flood Doubled, Like the Story of Creation? In this shiur, we will discuss the significance of the Torah's dual presentation of the flood story, as reflected in the use of the names Elokim and the Tetragrammaton. We will demonstrate that the Torah's description further affirms the dual nature of the calendar (lunar-solar), and we will note how the dual presentation continues until the end of the story. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Covenant Between the Parts and the Covenant of Circumcision In this shiur, we will contrast the two covenants that Hashem made with Avraham and evaluate how they present different perspectives on the importance of Eretz Yisrael. We will discuss the geographical borders of Eretz Yisrael that are implicit in these covenants, as well as their halakhic implications. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Who is Worthy of Being Chosen? What is the implication of the fact that Avraham was "chosen" by God? In this shiur, we will explore how this chosen-ness affected how God related to Avraham's pleas for justice, as opposed to the pleas of Iyov. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Field and the Cave: Yitzchak in the Land In this shiur, we will discuss the reason for Avraham's adamant insistence on buying the field of Efron the Chiti, which reflects his desire to have a foothold in Eretz Yisrael. We will further discuss how Yitzchak's lifestyle reflects his similar desire. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun A Revolution in the Patriarchs’ Way of Life From Avraham to Yitzchak The Ibn Ezra and the Ramban dispute whether Yitzchak was wealthy or poor. What is the significance of this dispute, and what can we learn about Yitzchak's lifestyle from the few details provided about him in the Torah? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun “And, Behold, I Am With You” In Parashat Vayetze, Hashem accompanies Yaakov Avinu on his journey to Charan and back to Eretz Yisrael. In this shiur, we will discuss a number of aspects of this journey. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun War and Morality: Yisrael in the Land In advance of encountering his brother Esav, Yaakov "prepares for war." In this shiur, we will discuss what this entails according to the commentaries, as well as the implications of this story in modern times. What can we learn from Yaakov's attitude to warfare as he returns to Eretz Canaan? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Yabok Crossing The commentators debate a number of questions regarding the events at the beginning of our parasha. In this shiur, we will discuss their differing views regarding the identity of the "malakhim," Yaakov's ultimate plan, and the meaning of the struggle by the Yabok stream. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun “These are the Generations of Yaakov” In this shiur, we will discuss two elements of Parashat Vayeshev: the significance of the "books of generations" found in Sefer Bereishit and the absence of God's name throughout the story of Yosef's conflict with his brothers until he arrives in Egypt. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Yosef’s Interpretations and His Aim in the Encounter with His Brothers In this shiur, we will discuss some of the fundamental questions relating to the story of Yosef's treatment of his brothers. What was Yosef trying to accomplish, and why didn't he contact his father once he had the opportunity to do so? Why did Yosef wait so long to reveal his identity to his brothers? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Why Did Yosef Not Send Word to his Father? A Solution In a previous shiur, we explored a variety of explanations for Yosef's puzzling behavior vis-a-vis his brothers and father. None of these could adequately answer the glaring question: Why, during all his years of servitude and his rise to power, did Yosef not send a letter to his father telling him that he was still alive? What could possibly justify the anguish he caused his aged and loving father? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Parashat Vayigash and Its Haftara In this shiur, we will explore why Yehuda's words had such a strong impact on Yosef. In addition, we will focus on Yehuda's devotion to Binyamin, which is further reflected in the haftara from Sefer Yechezkel and teaches us an important lesson about the process of redemption. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Yaakov’s Blessings to Menashe and Efraim In this shiur, we will discuss the significance of Yaakov's berakhot to each of his sons. We will see that the blessings delineate each of the tribes' portions in Eretz Yisrael. We will further relate this point to the status of Menashe and Efraim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Moshe's Identity Struggle - Which Child Was Not Circumcised, and Why? In this shiur, we will attempt to understand the very difficult passage regarding the circumcision of one of Moshe's sons at the inn on the way back to Egypt, taking into account Moshe's struggle to maintain his identity even in Midyan. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Covenant of Circumcision and the Covenant Between the Pieces The opening passages of Parashat Va'era are difficult to understand and have perplexed the commentators for generations. In this shiur, we will attempt to explain the verses following Rashi's lead, distinguishing between the two covenants addressed by the text. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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