Rav Elyakim Krumbein

Rav Elyakim Krumbein came on aliya from New York in 1973 following his studies at Yeshiva College, joining the Kollel at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He has been teaching at Yeshiva since 1981, currently heading the Tochnit Bekiut. He also served as a Pedagogic Advisor at the Herzog College, supervising the fieldwork of third-year Herzog College students. Rav Krumbein's guides for self-study on the Bavot, Ketubot and other Massechtot are widely used by Yeshiva students and alumni. He is the author of Sho'el K'inyan, two volumes of study guides on Gittin and Kiddushin. He recently published Musar for Moderns (KTAV), an introductory course in musar for the contemporary Jew.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur 4: Meet the Gra's Commentary to the Shulchan Arukh Over the course of our examination of the piyyutim issue, we made extensive use of the Gra's magnificent commentary to the Shulchan Arukh. Following this experience it is only natural that we should allow ourselves to become more closely acquainted with this work. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Torah as a Single Identity The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #05: Reciting a Blessing Over the Five Megillot In the previous shiur we noted the fundamental paradox connected to the Gra's commentary to the Shulchan Arukh. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Gra as a Kabbalastic The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #06: Reciting a Blessing over the Five Megillot (II) We saw in the previous shiur that the Vilna Gaon requires that the reading of each of the Megillot be preceded by the recitation of a blessing, just as a blessing is recited before reading the Book of Esther. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Toil and Labor The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #07: Rigor and Restraint in Halakhic Theory and Practice In this shiur we will examine a general and characteristic tendency of the Gra. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Torah, Experience and Morality in the Thought of R. Chayyim of Volozhin The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #08: The Vilna Gaon as Halakha's Guardian At the end of the last shiur we distinguished between two aspects of the Gra's enterprise in his commentary to the Shulchan Arukh and his meticulous search for the source of every halakha. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Between Conservatism and Changes The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #09: Surveying Previous Research On The Vilna Gaon’s Commentary And Its Conclusions Before we conclude our examination of this chapter of the Gra's thought, I would like to turn our attention to earlier studies of these issues. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Power of the Individual The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #10: Chassidut – Good News or a Threat We will now begin a new chapter in our examination of the teachings of the Vilna Gaon. We will leave the world of Torah scholarship, shrouded in vibrant and refreshing intellectual serenity, and enter a tempest of conflicting world views and opinions. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Separation from the Worldly (Perishut) The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #11: Prayer and the Religious Experience At the end of the previous shiur we examined the complaints raised by the Mitnagdim against the Chassidim... Today we will continue to explore the roots of this disagreement about prayer. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein A Dualist Outlook The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #12: Threatened Communities What are the roots of the sharpness and intensity of the Mitnagdim's response? The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein This World and the World-to-Come The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #13: Kabbala, Sabbateanism and Chassidism The Vilna Gaon suspected a connection between the Chassidic movement and Sabbateanism, and he expected that the Chassidim would eventually follow in the footsteps of the messianic heretic, Jacob Frank. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Man's Greatness and His Insignificance The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #14: The Vilna Gaon in the Eyes of the Chassidim: The Letter of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liai The Vilna Gaon saw in Chassidism signs of Sabbateanism. While examining the background of these suspicions, we encountered one of the main areas of contention between the Chassidim and the Mitnagdim, namely, the way that God and His presence in this world are to be perceived. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Rav Chayyim of Volozhin The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Torah and General Wisdom in the Teachings of the Gra The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #15: Tzimtzum The theological discussion that was opened in the previous shiur can be better understood against the background of a fundamental Kabbalistic teaching of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the interpretation of which was a subject of dispute between the Chassidim and the Mitnagdim. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Heavenly Wisdom and Earthly Wisdom The Vilna Gaon (3)

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