Rav Yitzchak Levy

Rav Yitzchak Levy served in the Intelligence Corps in the IDF, reaching the rank of Major in the standing army. Upon his discharge from the army, he joined the Kollel of Yeshivat Har Etzion where he studied for nine years, while simultaneously earning a Bachelor's degree in Jewish History and Archeology. Rav Levy headed the Ulpana in Elkana for four years and afterwards, returned to the Yeshiva. Today, he serves as the Mashgiach of Yeshivat Har Etzion and teaches Tanach and Eretz Yisrael Studies at the Herzog College.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 175: THE NAMES OF THE OUTER ALTAR (IV) – THE ALTAR OF EARTH (III) In the two previous shiurim, we related to various spiritual and halakhic meanings of the fact that the altar was made of earth. Before proceeding to consider the significance of an altar of stones, I wish to relate to several additional aspects of the meaning of an altar of earth. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 176: THE NAMES OF THE OUTER ALTAR (V) – THE ALTAR OF EARTH (IV) In the previous shiur, we continued our study of the altar of earth, discussing several aspects of that altar. In the second part of the shiur, we cited midrashim that assert that man was created from dust taken from the site of the altar and that one who is buried in Eretz Yisrael is deemed as if he were buried under the altar. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 177: THE NAMES OF THE OUTER ALTAR (VI) – THE ALTAR OF STONES Why does the Torah formulate the building of an altar of stones with what appears to be a conditional clause: "And if (im) you will make Me an altar of stones?" Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 178: THE NAMES OF THE OUTER ALTAR (VII) – THE ALTAR OF STONES (II) In the previous shiur, we addressed the fundamental distinction between an altar of earth – which was temporary, portable, fit to be taken apart, and especially appropriate for Israel's wanderings in the wilderness – and the altar of stones – which expressed the permanence in the place where it was built. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 179: THE NAMES OF THE OUTER ALTAR (VIII) – THE ALTAR OF STONES (III) In the previous shiurim, we discussed the Torah's command in Parashat Yitro following the Ten Commandments: "And if you will make Me an altar of stones." Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 180: THE NAMES OF THE OUTER ALTAR (IX) – THE ALTAR OF STONES (IV) In the previous shiur, we tried to understand the significance of building with hewn stones and the relationship between building with hewn stones and building with whole stones. In this shiur, we shall complete the discussion of this issue. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 181: "YOU SHALL NOT GO UP BY STEPS TO MY ALTAR, SO THAT YOUR NAKEDNESS BE NOT EXPOSED ON IT" The next of the Torah's commands in this context is the prohibition to go up by steps to the altar. This command has implications regarding the structure of the altar. This issue will be the focus of our discussion in this shiur. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 182: "YOU SHALL NOT GO UP BY STEPS TO MY ALTAR, THAT YOUR NAKEDNESS BE NOT EXPOSED ON IT" (PART II) In this shiur, I wish to address the Torah's rationale for the prohibition to go up by steps to the altar – that is, to prevent exposure of the priest's nakedness. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 183: "YOU SHALL NOT PLANT YOU AN ASHERA OF ANY TREE NEAR THE ALTAR OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHICH YOU SHALL MAKE YOU" Three commands connected to the altar are mentioned in the book of Devarim. . Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 184: "YOU SHALL NOT PLANT YOU AN ASHERA OF ANY TREE NEAR THE ALTAR OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHICH YOU SHALL MAKE YOU" (PART II) The Rambam writes: A person who plants a tree near the altar or anywhere in the Temple courtyard - regardless of whether it is a fruit-bearing tree or not - is [liable for] lashes, as it is stated (Devarim 16:21): "You shall not plant you an Ashera of any tree near the altar of the Lord your God." Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 185: PLACING THE SANHEDRIN NEXT TO THE ALTAR (I) The Mekhilta at the beginning of Parashat Mishpatim (Shemot 21:1) says: "An altar of earth" – "And these are the judgments" – We learn that the Sanhedrin sits at the side of the altar. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 186: PLACING THE SANHEDRIN NEXT TO THE ALTAR (II) In the previous shiur, we discussed the sources of the exposition that demands that the Sanhedrin be placed next to the altar and with various expositions that link justice and the Sanhedrin to the altar. In this shiur, we will explore the spiritual significance of this linkage. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 187: PLACING THE SANHEDRIN NEXT TO THE ALTAR (III) In the previous shiur, we brought different views about the spiritual significance of the Sanhedrin convening in close proximity to the altar. In this shiur, we shall present additional opinions on this matter and then focus on one main explanation - namely, the assertion that judgment belongs to God. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 188: PLACING THE SANHEDRIN NEXT TO THE ALTAR (IV) In this shiur, we will continue with our explanation of the reason that the Sanhedrin convened in close proximity to the altar. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 189: PLACING THE SANHEDRIN NEXT TO THE ALTAR (V) In this shiur, we will complete our examination of the relationship between the Sanhedrin and the altar. We will relate here to additional aspects of the connection between those who serve in or come to the Temple and the matter of judgment. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 190: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN ALTAR (MIZBEI’ACH) AND A PILLAR (MATZEVA) (I) In this shiur, we will examine the issue of matzevot and attempt to understand the differences between them and mizbechot. Mikdash - The Temple
Rav Yitzchak Levy LECTURE 191: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN ALTAR (MIZBEACH) AND A PILLAR (MATZEVA) (II) To enhance our understanding of the matzevot erected by Yaakov, I would like to relate to the issue of the matzeva being turned into the house of God, as well as to the question of why Yaakov built a matzeva and not a mizbeach. Mikdash - The Temple

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