Rav Binyamin Zimmerman

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.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #15:ChasidutandChesed Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #16: TheChesedof Love &Chasidut Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #17:DinandLifnim Mi-shurat Ha-din Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #18: The Right and the Good Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #19: BeingYasharand the Attribute ofYashrut Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #20: The Jewish Imperative ofSimcha Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #21: Kedoshim Tihyu: The Holiness of Interpersonal Perfection Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #22:Kedoshim Tihyu II: The Role Model and Social Mindfulness Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur#23:Yediat Hashem נKnowing God and Purifying Oneӳ Character Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur#24: The Uniqueness of Jewish Character and Ethics Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #25:GeneivaandGezeila נMuch More than Theft Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #26: True to the Heart andTokho Ke-varo Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #27:Geneivat Daat- Misleading, Misrepresentation and Deception Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #28:Ve-ahavta Le-reiakha Kamokha: The Great Principle ofAhavat Yisrael Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #29:Ve-ahavta Le-reiakha Kamokha II:Putting the Needs of Others First Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #30:Osek Be-tzorkhei Tzibbur Caring for the Community Bein Adam Le-chavero: Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #01: The Gift of the Shemitta Challenge Shemitta, the sabbatical year, is once again upon us. It is with tremendous gratitude to the Almighty that we begin this series on machshevet ha-shemitta, the philosophy of the shemitta year, examining the deeper significance of its particular mitzvot. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #02: The Passages of Shemitta In our last lesson, we presented an overview of the mitzvot associated with shemitta. However, even a bird's-eye view of shemitta requires a basic introduction to the multifaceted nature of its mitzvot. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #03: The Land and the People While shemitta is discussed in many places in the Torah, its appearance in the penultimate chapter of Vayikra is striking. Shemitta suddenly turns from a collection of mitzvot to a primary reason for exile. The explanation leads us back to the beginnings of man, as the experiences of Adam, Kayin and Noach help explicate the mystery that is shemitta. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #04: The Interdependence of the Man and the Land After the cataclysm of Noach, a new covenant is forged with Avraham, connecting his descendants to a specific land, Eretz Yisra'el. The interplay between the terms eretz and adama show how essential this concept is--and how it is embodied in the concept of shemitta. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #05: Shemitta's Obligation and its Implications What are the implications of nonobservance of shemitta? The consequences, personal and national, spiritual and material, are devastating. Indeed, the historical shortcomings of the Jewish people in this sphere continue to have an impact on the halakhic power of shemitta in modern times. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #06: The Return The historical significance of shemitta may be seen in the desolation which characterized the land until Jews began to return in modern times. The link between the Nation of Israel and the Land of Israel is expressed through the latter's refusal to sustain any other people. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #07: The Four Reasons What is the reasoning behind shemitta and its mitzvot? We fulfill them as God's word, but what message are we to glean from them? The commentators present four approaches to find the true "flavor" of shemitta. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #08: Emuna and Bitachon What do faith and trust in God really mean, and how are they realized through the shemitta experience? The commentators provide us with a number of approaches to get into the theological and philosophical underpinnings of the sabbatical year. The Philosophy of Shemitta
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman Shiur #09: Bein Adam La-Makom II-Gibborei Khoach Shemitta may be seen as a leap of faith, but how does observing it make one a hero? How can this septennial observance influence one's entire lifelong struggle for meaning and purpose? We continue to explore the theology of shemitta. The Philosophy of Shemitta

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