Rav Menachem Leibtag

Rav Menachem Leibtag [YHE '77] headed the Overseas Program at Yeshivat Har Etzion for over a decade, after completing the Hesder Program and academic studies at Machon Lev, the Jerusalem College of Technology. His Tanach classes at Yeshiva, emphasizing biblical theme and structure, have opened his students' eyes to new dimensions within the text, while transmitting a deeper appreciation of Torah values. He was instrumental in creating the Yeshiva's Virtual Beit Midrash, which today reaches tens of thousands of readers worldwide, and then initiated the Tanach Study Center, his own comprehensive program for the study of Tanach on the Internet. He also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Yeshivat Sha'alvim.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Menachem Leibtag From our Siddur to the Seder 1 In our opening shiur, we discuss the Biblical roots of the famous machloket between the Rambam & Ramban in regard to the nature of our obligation to pray; and the thematic connection between "tefilla" and "teshuva". Holiday Packages
Rav Menachem Leibtag Jerusalem Introduction to Parashat HaShavua
Rav Menachem Leibtag Megillat Ester, Its 'Hidden' Message Is the Megilla a satire? It certainly contains many strange details that beg interpretation. But if so, why would a satire be included in the Tanach. In the following shiur, we attempt to 'unmask' Megillat Esther by considering its historical and prophetic setting. Megillat Esther
Rav Menachem Leibtag The Mishkan - Ideal First Choice or After-the-Fact? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Menachem Leibtag Parashat Re'eh Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Menachem Leibtag Shavuot and Matan Torah Ask any observant Jew, and he will tell you that Shavuot commemorates Matan Torah, just as Pesach commemorates Yetziat Mitzraim. Nevertheless, according to Chumash, it appears that Shavuot is only an agricultural holiday, with no connection at all to 'Matan Torah'! How could it be that the Torah 'neglects' the primary reason for Shavuot? Standing at Sinai
Rav Menachem Leibtag Study Questions for Tikun Leil Shavuot Standing at Sinai
Rav Menachem Leibtag Matan Torah - Parshat Yitro Standing at Sinai
Rav Menachem Leibtag Chanuka and the Prophecies of the Second Temple Period The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Menachem Leibtag Rosh Ha-shana: Yom Truah - Zichron Truah The Meaning of the Shofar
Rav Menachem Leibtag Yom Kippur - A Day of Atonement? The Meaning of Yom Kippur
Rav Menachem Leibtag The Dual Nature of the Chagim The Three Regalim
Rav Menachem Leibtag Parashat Shemot Yetziat Mitzrayim in the Torah
Rav Menachem Leibtag Parashat Va'eyra Yetziat Mitzrayim in the Torah
Rav Menachem Leibtag Parashat Bo Yetziat Mitzrayim in the Torah
Rav Menachem Leibtag Parashat Beshalach Yetziat Mitzrayim in the Torah
Rav Menachem Leibtag From our Siddur to the Seder 2 In shiur #2 we discuss the logic behind the first three blessings of the "bakasha" section of the Amida - and afterward the connection between kriat shema and the shemoneh esrei, with a focus on the third parsha of kriat shema, and how it connects to the theme and purpose of "Yetziat Mitzrayim."
Rav Menachem Leibtag From our Siddur to the Seder 3 The Biblical connection between the very first 'pesach' in Egypt and our own Seder, with a focus on the centrality of the Jewish home ["bayit"] in the very first commandment that Am Yisrael receives (in Shemot chapter 12)
Rav Menachem Leibtag From our Siddur to the Seder 4 The thematic background for why the primary goal of our yearly celebration of the Exodus, is to enhance the practical meaning of our daily mention of the Exodus when we recite the shema in the morning and evening.
Rav Menachem Leibtag From our Siddur to the Seder 5 In this shiur, we trace the key events in the Torah from rosh chodesh Nisan in Egypt until rosh chodesh Nisan in the second year, when the Mishkan is assembled & God's Shekhina returns to the camp of Israel.
Rav Menachem Leibtag From our Siddur to the Seder 6 The Four Sons, Answering the Question or Answering the Child