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 #291: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXVII) In this shiur we will discuss the reign of Yehoshafat as it is described in the book of Melakhim and in the book of Divrei ha-Yamim. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #292: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXVIII) In this shiur we will discuss the service of God in the days of Yehoram the son of Yehoshafat and in the days of Achazyahu the son of Yehoram (mainly through the actions of Yehu). History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #293: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXIX) In this shiur we will discuss Atalya and the crowning of Yoash as king. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #294: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXX) In this shiur we will discuss the reign of Yehoash. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #295: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXI) In this shiur we wish to examine the two periods of Yehoash's reign in detail. As in the previous shiur we will divide Yehoash's reign into two periods – while Yehoyada the priest was alive, and after his death. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #296: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXII) In this shiur, we intend to continue our study of the reign of Yehoash, with special attention paid to the significance of his having made himself into a god. We will focus on the second half of his reign, after the death of Yehoyada the priest, which in many senses was the complete opposite of the first half of his reign (as we outlined in the previous two shiurim). History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #297: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXIII) In this shiur we wish to complete our study of the second half of King Yehoash's reign, after the death of Yehoyada the High Priest. As was already mentioned, this part of his reign is discussed in detail only in Divrei ha-Yamim, but not in the book of Melakhim. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #298: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXIV) In this shiur we will examine the kingdom of Amatzya. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #299: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CIX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXV) In this shiur we will examine the reign of Uziyahu. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #300: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXVI) In the previous shiur we reviewed the main points of Uziyahu's reign in a general and summarizing manner. In this shiur we wish to consider the meaning of his reign. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #301: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXVII) In continuation of our study of chapters 2-4 in the book of Yeshaya in the previous shiur, in this shiur we shall examine the parable of the vineyard (Yeshaya 5-6) and its significance with regard to the events that take place in the days of Uziyah. This will serve as background for the king's entering the Sanctuary to burn incense and his being afflicted with leprosy. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #302: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXVIII) In this shiur we will complete our study of the reign of Uziyahu. We will examine the meaning of the king's entry into the Sanctuary in order to burn incense and the great earthquake that followed in its wake. Let us first return to the end of his reign as described in the book of Divrei ha-Yamim. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #303: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (LXXXIX) In this shiur we wish to deal with the reigns of the kings Yotam and Achaz. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #304: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XC) In the previous shiur, we began to describe the reign of Achaz, by relating to the military and political reality of his time, with the kingdom of Yehuda surrounded by enemies - from the north Aram and Israel laying siege to Jerusalem, from the south Edom, and from the west the Pelishtim. Divrei ha-Yamim presents us with an exceedingly harsh description of the war between the kingdom of Yehuda, and the kingdoms of Israel and Aram: History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #305: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCI) In this shiur we will continue to examine Yeshaya's position, and we will begin to investigate the spiritual reality that was the underlying cause of the political and military reality and the harsh consequences of the Assyrian rule on Achaz's spiritual outlookץ History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #306: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCII) In this shiur we will continue our examination of the service of Molekh. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #307: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCIII) In this shiur we will complete our study of the worship of Molekh. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #308: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCIV) As was mentioned in the previous shiur, King Achaz rejects the words of the prophet and decides to totally submit himself to the king of Ashur. In this shiur we will examine the spiritual ramifications of Achaz's political-military submission to Ashur upon the worship of God and the Temple service. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #309: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXIX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCV) In this shiur, we will complete our study of King Achaz. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #310: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCVI) After having dealt with the reign of Achaz and the worship of Molech, let us now move on to the kingdom of Chizkiyahu. In order to get an overall picture of the days of Chizkiyahu we must examine II Melakhim 18-20, II Divrei ha-Yamim 29-32, and many prophecies in the books of Yeshayanu and Mikha. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #311: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCVII) In this shiur we will continue to examine Chizkiyahu's deeds as they are described in the Baraita in Pesachim 56a. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 312: THe History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCVIII) After having examined in the two previous shiurim the beginning of Chizkiyahu's reign, his dragging the bones of his father Achaz on a rope bier, and especially his actions in the realm of the Divine service – the eradication of Achaz's idolatry, the re-opening and rededication of the house of God, and the celebration of Pesach together with the kingdom of Israel – and also his crushing of the bronze serpent and hiding away of the Book of Remedies, we emphasized that the general tendency after the days of Achaz, during which time the name of God was in great measure forgotten in the kingdom of Yehuda, was to fully restore the people's connection to God, while intensifying the miraculous and revealing God's presence in all his actions. In addition, Scripture emphasizes that: "He removed the high places" (II Melakhim 18:4). History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #313: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (XCIX) History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #314: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (C) In last week's shiur we discussed Chizkiyahu's desire to unite the two kingdoms, Israel and Yehuda, under his rule. Today we would like to examine his foreign policy with respect to the world powers that surrounded him. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture #315: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CI) It is clear from Yeshayahu's prophecy in chapter 20 – in which he speaks of going about naked and barefoot for three years – that the prophet comes to issue a sharp warning against any political involvement on the part of Chizkiyahu against Ashur. The prophet warns that the king of Ashur will in the future deal with him as he will deal with Egypt: "And they shall be dismayed and ashamed, because of Kush their expectation, and of Egypt their glory" (Yeshayahu 20:5). No political alliance with other countries will help, because in the end he will become subjugated to Ashur. History of the Divine Service

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