Rav Yoel Bin-Nun
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The "Yom Ha-Shemini" (Eighth Day) and Yom Ha-Kippurim Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Impurity in Life and in Death The laws of impurity in the Torah all relate in some manner to death. In this shiur, we will analyze the laws of impurity in our parasha in light of medical knowledge, since the Torah does not distinguish between health of the body and health of the soul. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun “I am the Lord your God” In Parashat Kedoshim, the formulas "I am the Lord your God" and "I am the Lord" appear after many mitzvot. What is the significance of these statements, and what is the difference between them? In this shiur, we will explain how these statements reflect two different types of commands in this parasha. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Dual Significance of the Pilgrim Festivals The Torah includes a dual description of the festivals, such that they are attributed both historical and natural/religious significance. In this shiur, we will discuss the structure of this unit and the proper understanding of the superimposition of meaning. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Prohibitions of Ona’ah, Neshekh, and Ribit In addition to the laws of shemitta and yovel, Parashat Behar discusses interpersonal laws - ona'ah, neshekh, and ribit. In this shiur, we will discuss these laws and their modern implications. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Sanctity of the Camp in the Wake of the Setting Up of the Mishkan In this shiur, we discuss a number of elements related to Parashat Bamidbar, including the parallel nature of Sefer Vayikra and Sefer Bamidbar, the role of the Levites, and the significance of the organization of the camp. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Why are the Laws of the Sota and the Nazirite in the Book of Bamidbar? In this shiur, we will examine the common theme of the laws found in Parashat Naso in order to determine why they are found together in Sefer Bemidbar instead of Sefer Vayikra, where they seem to belong. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Princes, The Priests, The Levites, Pesach Sheni, and the Trumpets Parashat Behaalotekha - Part 1: The conclusion of Parashat Naso and the beginning of Parashat Behaalotekha include discussion of the sacrifices of the tribal princes and the role of the priests in blessing the people and lighting the menora. What are these passages doing in Sefer Bemidbar, as opposed to Sefer Vayikra? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Crises Parashat Behaalotekha - Part 2: In this shiur, we discuss the various crises faced by the people in Parashat Beha'alotcha. We will see that there is a hidden story here, as well as a progressive erosion of Moshe's authority. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Sin of the Scouts and the Events that Followed In this shiur, we examine the central story of our parasha - the sin of the "scouts." Why were these men sent, and how can we account for the discrepancies between this story and the one in Sefer Devarim? What is the message of this story for future generations? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Is It Possible to Lead a People Without Rebellions and Without “Low” Politics? What can we learn from the inclusion of the story of Korach's rebellion in the Torah? What were the agendas of the various "political parties" that joined the fight? In this shiur, we will examine the rebellion and analyze its lessons for us. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Transition From the Generation of the Wilderness to the Conquest of the Land by Way of the Para Aduma and Mei Meriva In this shiur, we will examine a number of components of the parsha, including the significance of the mitzva of para aduma, the events of Mei Mariva, and the journey of the Jewish People towards Eretz Yisrael. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun “The Book of Bil’am” In this shiur, we explore the unique "Book of Bil'am." Why is this story recorded in the Torah, and what is its significance? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
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

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