Rav Itamar Eldar
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #12: The Unique Essence of Israel (Part I) In this lecture, we will begin to deal with one of the central and distinctive issues in R. Yehuda Halevi's thought – the unique essence of Israel. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #13: The Unique Essence of Israel (Part II) We saw in the previous lecture that the unique essence of the people of Israel revolves around two principles, one its cause and the other its consequence. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #14: The Unique Essence of Israel (Part III) We saw in the previous lecture that despite all the attempts to blur R. Yehuda Halevi's theory of "racial supremacy," his position on the issue is unequivocal and has important ramifications. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #15: Summary of the Unique Essence of Israel (Part IV) In this lecture, I will once again take a break from our examination of the thought of R. Yehuda Halevi, and try to compare it with other views. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #16: The Divine Influence (Part I) The first part of this lecture will seem like a summary, as most of what will be discussed here has already been clarified in earlier lectures. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #17: The Divine Influence (Part II) In the previous lecture, I cited a passage (I, 109) that summarizes the three attainments reached by a person who has become joined with the Divine influence. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #18: Eretz Yisrael The next link in the chain, as we shall see in this lecture, is connected to the place of the people of Israel, namely, Eretz Yisrael. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #19: The Mitzvot (Part I) Before we begin our discussion of this topic, let us survey the difficulties that stand before anyone trying to understand the role and significance of the mitzvot. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #20: The Mitzvot (Part II) We cannot discuss the issue of the reasons for the commandments without considering the distinction accepted by almost every medieval Jewish thinker between "rational" and "received" mitzvot. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #21: The Mitzvot (Part III) The main ramification of the distinction between rational and received laws relates to the reasons for the commandments. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #22: The Karaites and the Oral Law (I) The problems associated with the Karaite sect and the status of the Oral Law did not begin in the time of R. Yehuda Halevi. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #23: The Karaites and the Oral Law (II) In the previous lecture, I noted the common denominator between Karaism and philosophy. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #24: Rihal's Attitude Towards Asceticism and Seclusion in the Service of God In this lecture, I will relate to two issues that R. Yehuda Halevi raises with respect to the Divine service. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #25: Religious Zeal and the Chasid (The Pious Man) In this lecture, I wish to deal with two additional issues connected to the picture that Rihal paints regarding – as he puts it - "one of our servants of God. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #26: The World-to-Come and the Attitude Toward Death The preoccupation with life after death has never ceased. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #27: The Names of God A name or designation of a person or an object generally serves two purposes. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #28: Divine Attributes and the Corporeality of God The issue of Divine attributes was a troubling theological problem for the medieval thinkers. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #29: Hebrew Language and Poetry One of the topics remaining to be discussed is R. Yehuda Halevi's attitude toward the Hebrew language and Hebrew poetry. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #30: Prayer (Part I) There are various understandings of prayer's role in the framework of the service of God. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Shiur #31: Prayer (Part II) The gemara in Berakhot discusses the source of the prayers. The Kuzari
Rav Itamar Eldar Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Do We Celebrate Miracles or the Routine? The mitzva of lighting Chanuka candles and the miracle of the cruse of oil teach us to contemplate deeply the dark and wintry routine in the middle of which falls out the holiday of lights, and to acquire the ability to reflect upon the great light that stands behind this darkness, precisely on the days of dark routine. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Itamar Eldar Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Is the Mitzva Kindling the Lights or Setting Them Down The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Itamar Eldar Pesach in Chassidic Thought: Haste from God The Meaning of Pesach
Rav Itamar Eldar Purim in Chassidic Thought: "Until He Doesn't Know" The Meaning of Purim
Rav Itamar Eldar R. Nachman on the Causes and Consequences of the Destruction The Meaning of the Three Weeks

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