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 #241: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXVIII) Having seen that Chazal define the relationship between the rest and the inheritance as the relationship between Shilo and Jerusalem, let us now examine the concepts themselves. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #242: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXIX) History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #243: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXX) In this shiur, we will complete our examination of the various views of the Tannaim regarding the relationship between "the rest" and "the inheritance." We will then consider the structure of the Mishkan in Nov and in Giv'on, whether it was temporary in nature like the Mishkan in the wilderness, or it had permanent elements as in Shilo. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #244: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXI) I wish to dedicate the first part of this shiur to understanding the concepts themselves from a halakhic perspective: What is the difference between a great bama – a public bama - and a private bama? History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #245: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXII) In this shiur we will continue to examine the ritual acts that were performed outside the Mishkan during those years that it was located first in Nov and later in Giv’on. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #246: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXIII) In this shiur we will continue to examine the cultic reality outside the great bama at Nov and at Giv'on. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #247: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXIV) In this shiur we will continue to examine the worship of God during the period that the great bama stood in Nov and in Giv'on. We will consider the battle of Mikhmash, and what was done with the ark, which represented the Urim ve-Tumim. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #248: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXV) In this shiur we will continue our study of the worship of God during the period that the great bama stood in Nov and in Giv'on. In the previous shiur we began to examine the battle at Mikhmash, and we will continue that examination in this shiur. We will deviate slightly from the question of "the Divine service at altars," and consider the Divine service in its most general sense. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #249: The History of the Divine Service At Altars (LIX) - The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXVI) In this shiur we will continue to examine the battle at Mikhmash and Scripture's account of the people's sin and Shaul's response to it. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #250: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LX) - The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXVII) In this shiur we wish to complete our study of the battle at Mikhmash and Shaul's actions in its regard, and continue our examination of the Divine service during the period that the great bama stood at Nov. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #251: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXVIII) In this shiur we will continue to examine Israel's worship of God during the time that the Mishkan stood in Nov. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #252: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XXXIX) In this shiur we will examine Shaul's appeal to the sorceress of Ein Dor. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #253: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XL) In this shiur, in order to understand the significance of Shaul's appeal to the sorceress in Ein Dor, we will continue to examine the essence of the Biblical prohibition to appeal to sorcerers. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #254: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLI) To complete our examination of the prohibition relating to sorcery, we wish to understand, based on the verses in the book of Devarim, how the Torah views the struggle with the abominations of the nations. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #255: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLII) In this shiur we wish to examine the Torah and its commentaries regarding the essence of the prohibition against sorcery, and the ways proposed by the Torah to deal with this abomination. We will return to Shaul and the sorceress in Ein Dor to complete our study of this issue. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #256: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLIII) In this shiur we will now begin to examine the service of God in the days of David, first when he ruled as king of Yehuda, and afterwards when he ruled as king of all of Israel. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #257: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLIV) Let us briefly survey the events that take place in the book of Shemuel from the beginning of David's reign in Jerusalem. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #258: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLV) We have seen that in the days of David, after he brought the ark up to Jerusalem, there were two centers of sanctity – the ark in the tent in the City of David manned by Asaf and his brothers the Levites, and the great bama in Giv'on where the Mishkan was found, and where the fixed service of the Mishkan was conducted. We wish to examine here what was David's attitude regarding these two centers of sanctity. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #259: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXIX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLVI) After having examined David's attitude toward the ark and the resting of the Shekhina in comparison to his attitude toward the great bama in Giv'on and the offering of sacrifices in general, we wish in this shiur to consider David's attitude toward these matters in the book of Tehilim. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #260: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLVII) In this shiur we wish to continue with the matter of prostration in the words of the Prophets, and then begin to consider its spiritual meaning. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #261: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXXI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLVIII) In this shiur, we wish to complete our examination of the spiritual meaning of prostration. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #262: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXXII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XLIX) To complete our discussion regarding the spiritual significance of prostration, I wish to relate to prostration as the ultimate expression of prayer. We will examine this issue both in the verses in Scripture and in the words of Chazal. We will then consider the position of the Rambam and the way the Rambam himself fulfilled the matter of prostration in the course of his supplications after the Shemoneh Esrei prayer. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #263: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXXIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (L) In this shiur we will deal with the prohibition to bow down on an even maskit. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #264: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXXIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LI) After having seen that prostration on a figured stone is forbidden outside the Temple, let us now examine how prostration was carried out in actual practice in the Temple service. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #265: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (LXXV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LII) In this shiur we wish to complete our examination of the issue of prostration. We will begin with prostration in the service of the priests and see how prostration was carried out at the end of the service. We will then examine the question whether prostration itself is regarded as a service in the Temple. Finally, we will summarize all that we have learned with respect to prostration. History of the Divine Service

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