Rav Binyamin Zimmerman [YHE '96] received his Semikha and his Masters in Secondary Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. After beginning his spiritual growth at Yeshivat Har Etzion, he spent time studying under some of the great Talmudic giants of the generation in order to learn from their styles, and blend them with the skills and training he acquired from Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein. His desire to bridge various approaches in Judaism also led to his in depth study of Jewish thought, combining ideas of Chassidim, Mitnagdim and others to a practical approach to modern questions of outlook and philosophy. Some of these ideas are expressed in his series on Jewish Ethics on The Virtual Beit Midrash. After beginning his teaching career in other yeshivot he decided to return to the Yeshiva where his growth began, to continue to develop in his spiritual home, and to aid the students in the yeshiva to achieve a broad based approach to Jewish learning and life.
|Rav Binyamin Zimmerman||Shiur #11: Shemitta's Powerful Effect on Personality||Shemitta is about more than one's relationship with God and with his fellow man; it is about one's personality and attitude. The heroism demanded by the sabbatical year refines one's character traits in the six "normal" years as well.||The Philosophy of Shemitta|
|Rav Binyamin Zimmerman||Shiur #12: Between Man, the Earth and His Land||What does the sabbatical year mean for the Land of Israel itself? Can the earth have feelings and needs, and what does the Torah want of us? We examine the concept of nature in Judaism, as seen through the lens of shemitta.||The Philosophy of Shemitta|
|Rav Binyamin Zimmerman||Shiur #13: The Gift of Israel — The Condition of Shemitta||Shemitta tells us a great deal about the link between the Jewish people and Eretz Yisrael. It is not for naught that this is the "sabbatical year," reflecting the weekly Shabbat and its rejuvenatory powers.||The Philosophy of Shemitta|
|Rav Binyamin Zimmerman||Shiur #14: Rav Kook's Preface to Shabbat Ha-aretz||Perhaps the most influential work on shemitta in the 20th century was Rabbi A.Y. Kook's Shabbat Ha-aretz. While its focus is halakhic, the preface is a masterpiece of historiography, explaining the significance of shemitta in Jewish history in general and the modern return to Israel in particular.||The Philosophy of Shemitta|