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.

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Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #16: Theological Dispute with Practical Implications In light of all that we have learned about the idea of tzimtzum, I wish to open today with a quote that is a bit surprising. For the time being I will not reveal the source. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #17: The "New Mitzvot" of Hassidism We have been following one of the principles of Hassidic practice – "worshipping God through engagement with the physical" (avoda be-gashmiyut) – which convinced the Gaon of Vilna that we are dealing here with a "new Torah." Let us now examine a source which illustrates how far the Hassidim could take this idea, which stems from their understanding of God's immanence. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Pursuit of General Studies According the the Disciples of the Gra The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #18: The Contribution of the Chassidim to the World of Halakha As time passed and the schism became less heated, Mitnagdim and Hassidim became less defensive, and more cognizant of the other's positive contribution. We will begin to examine some Hassidic innovations in the realm of classic Torah scholarship, no longer an exclusive Mitnagdic enclave. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Englightment Versus Tradition: The Case of R. Yehoshua Heschel Levine The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #19: Ideological Disagreement Without A Social Struggle The aftermath of the Chassidic struggle allowed for cross-ventilation of the ideas of the two camps: the Chassidim renewed their appreciation of Torah study, and the Mitnagdim re-acquainted the religious experience. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Gra's Teaching on Halakha and Custom The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur 20: The "Mitnagdi" Experience Rav Chayyim of Volozhin genuinely identifies with the empahsis of Hassidut on the religious experience. But he demands that its dangers and pitfalls be recognized and counteracted. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Blessing of "Yer'u Eineinu": A Test Case Regarding Customs The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein SHIUR 21: ACT AND INTENTION IN "NEFESH HA-CHAYYIM" The Nefesh Ha-Chayyim values the religious experience, but ultimately subordinates it to meticulous observance. This preference later developed into an approach that virtually displaces active cultivation of religious experience altogether. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein "It Was Heaven That Prevented Him" The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #22: Mitnagdi Character and Chassidic Character A major result of the rift was the solidification of the personality contours of the two communities. While the Chassidim venerated religious extremism, the Mitnagdim reacted to them by adopting the traits of moderation, openness, caution and balance. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Gra's Commentary to the Shulchan Arukh The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #23: Reason and Critiscim in the Service of God While the Chassidim view human intellectual effort as an obstacle and value passive contemplation to achieve dvekut, the Gra steadfastly clung to strenuous endeavor as the only means of approaching the Divine. This tenet and its ramifications endured until recent times in the Mitnagdic worldview. The Vilna Gaon (3)
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #01: Why Our Generation Needs Torah Lishmah Our generation struggles a good deal in its attitude toward Torah study. Thank God, there are many who engage in Torah, but many also question the significance of Torah in their lives. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #02: Lishmah - In the Mind or in the Heart? In the previous shiur, we began our analysis of Torah lishmah by posing the basic question: how does one learn lishmah? Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #03: To Learn with Involvement In this shiur we will continue our attempt to understand the concept of Torah lishmah according to the model of lomed al menat la’asot – learning for the sake of practicing. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #04: Intellect and Emotion – Alliance or Conflict? We ended our last shiur by concluding, based upon Rava’s comments in Berakhot (17a) and our analysis of the Kabbalistic work Reishit Chokhma, that learning lishmah means learning Torah for the purpose of observing Torah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #05: Torah for Torah’s Sake: Peak or Anti-Climax? Thus far, we have looked at one of the three definitions of lishmah, the “functional” approach. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #06: Learning Fueled by Love In the previous shiur, we noted the interpretive challenge we face in explaining Rav Chayim Volozhin’s approach toward Torah lishmah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #07: Where Does “Involvement” Come From? In the previous shiur, we promised to study the Nefesh Ha-chayim more closely in order to see how the author implements his plan to give his readers the outlook and guidance they need to reach the level of Torah lishmah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #08: Intellect and Emotion in Torah Study - A Restless Symbiosis I would like to begin this shiur with a brief review, that will give us a clear picture of what we have learned in the previous shiurim (5-7) about the position of Rav Chayim of Volozhin. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #09: Emotional Processes in Torah Lishmah I wish to summarize and sharpen the lessons learned from our analysis of Nefesh Ha-Chayim. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #10: Volozhin in Transition We are nearing the end of our analysis of Rav Chayim of Volozhin's work, Nefesh Ha-Chayim, but first we must repay a debt from the previous shiur. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #11: Piety At Volozhin: A Diminished Presence We have been trying to understand the spiritual atmosphere in Volozhin at the height of the yeshiva's development at the end of the nineteenth century. Torah Lishmah

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