Rav Yoel Bin-Nun
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Census Taken for the Purpose of Inheritance and the Additional Offerings In this shiur, we will take a close look at many of the details of Parashat Pinchas in order to examine their significance, including the nature of the census, the lessons of the story of the daughters of Tzelofchad, and inclusion of the Musaf offerings in Sefer Bemidbar. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun A Song of Biblical Geography There are a number of riddles in Parashat Masei that we will attempt to address in this shiur: What is the significance of the glaring omissions in the list of journeys? What can we learn from the description of the borders of the land? And what do we see about the Torah's laws from the mitzva to establish cities of refuge? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Torah of Man In this shiur, we will survey a number of the motifs which characterize Sefer Devarim as a whole. Firstly, the Revelation at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are a major focus. In addition, it is clear from Moshe's terminology that the eastern bank of the Jordan is part of the Promised Land, so that his speech is in fact given in the geographical center of the Land. In fact, Sefer Devarim presents the transition from leadership by miracle to leadership by speech, as we shall see. As the shiur goes on, we will analyze the distinction between the story of the appointment of the judges as related in Sefer Shemot, in which Yitro is the source of the idea, and the corresponding narrative in Parashat Devarim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun "'Zakhor' And 'Shamor' Were Uttered As One Word" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Ten Commandments: Twelve Prohibitions In this shiur, we will analyze the differences between the Ten Commandments as they appear in our parasha and their original iteration in Parashat Yitro. As we shall see, the key number is in fact not ten, but twelve, two sets of six prohibitions. We will also focus on the unique understanding of Shabbat in this new formulation of the Fourth Commandment, connecting the cessation of work every seventh day to the Exodus and to the Torah's basic belief in human equality and freedom. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Expanded Shema Shema and Ve-haya im Shamoa, the first two passages of Keriat Shema, appear in Parashat Vaetchanan and Parashat Ekev respectively, sharing many thematic elements and details. They bookend the mitzvot of faith: loving, fearing and worshipping God while eschewing all connections to idolatry. As we shall see in the shiur, greater Keriat Shema, between Shema and Ve-haya im Shamoa, is the continuation of the first of the Ten Commandments. In order to understand what the First Commandment is, we will delve deeply into greater Keriat Shema. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Where is “the place which God shall choose”? Parashat Re'eh speaks repeatedly of the importance of worshiping in "the place which God shall choose," an idea usually associated with Jerusalem. As we shall see, this term is in fact far broader, allowing for different sites throughout the period of conquest and the Judges, until the beginning of the monarchy. In particular, we will examine the connection between courts of justice and sacrificial worship, in light of modern archeological evidence. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Will of the People and the Authority of the King: A Study of the Biblical Text Parashat Shoftim presents the idea of a Jewish king, but comparing it to the actual stories of kings like Shaul and David in Tanakh raises many questions. In this shiur, we will try to understand the roles of God through His prophet and the people through their representatives in choosing a monarch. We will also see how the king fits into the power structure delineated by the Torah, in terms of prophets, Kohanim and judges. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Revolution in the Conceptualization of Teshuva in the Halakhic and Historical Perception of Rav Yehuda Alkalai In this shiur, we focus on Rav Yehuda Alkalai's unique approach to the concept of teshuva and how the return to the Land of Israel is not a reward for repentance, but a prerequisite for returning to God. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Testimony of the Song In this shiur, we examine the unique message of the longest poem in the Torah, the song of Haazinu. How does its encapsulation of Jewish history differ from other prophecies in Sefer Devarim? Why and how are the Jewish people ultimately redeemed, and why is the Exodus omitted? Haazinu's powerful testimony still holds meaning for us. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Moshe’s Blessing to the Jewish People Parashat Vezot Haberakha contains two sets of blessings, one for Israel as a whole and one for individual tribes. In this shiur, we will examine the significance of Moshe's parting message and consider it in light of Ya'akov's blessing and the history of the Jewish people. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Obligation and Self-Expression Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun How Do We Arrive at 39 Categories of Labor? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The “Festival of Sukkot” and the “Festival of the Ingathering" The Holiday of Sukkot
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Secret of Chanuka as Revealed by the Prophecies of Chaggai and Zekharia The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun On Chametz and Matza The Meaning of Pesach
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Meaning of the Prohibition against Returning to Egypt The Meaning of Pesach
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Lot's "Pesach" and Its Significance The Meaning of Pesach
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Meaning of Shavuot and its Unique Offering The Meaning of Shavuot
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun How Does the Scapegoat Atone - A Message of Mercy and Hope The Meaning of the Yom Kippur Sacrificial Service

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