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 #316: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CII) In this shiur, we would like to examine Chazal's interpretation of what happened between King Chizkiyahu and the prophet Yeshayahu, as is explained in Berachot 10a and in Rav Kook's commentary on this Gemara in his Ein Aya. This will allow us to understand the deeper meaning of the encounter between kingship and prophecy. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 317: THe History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CIII) After having examined in the previous shiur Chizkiyahu's sickness, its timing and its significance, in this shiur we will consider the significance of the Babylonian delegation that visited King Chizkiyahu during the period of his illness. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 318: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CIV) The Conquest of Babylonia and the Death of Sargon. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 319: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXIX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CV) History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 320: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CVI) In this shiur we will examine the attitude of the prophet Yeshayahu toward the alliance made with Egypt and its implications for the spiritual and social reality in Jerusalem. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 321: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CVII) In the previous shiur we saw the prophet Yeshayahu's exceedingly resolute attitude toward the alliance that Chizkiyahu entered into with Egypt. In Yeshayahu 22, among the prophet's prophecies concerning the city of Jerusalem, we find "the burden concerning the Valley of Vision." History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 322: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CVIII) In this shiur we will deal with Shevna and the significance of the prophet Yeshayahu's attitude toward him and his replacement. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 323: THe History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CIX) In this week's shiur we wish to examine King Chizkiyahu's reaction to the prophetic critique. Afterwards we will deal with Yeshayahu's prophecy to the people of Jerusalem prior to Sancheriv's invasion. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 324: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CX) After having examined the reality in Jerusalem on the eve of the Assyrian invasion of the kingdom of Yehuda and the prophet's attitude toward Shevna who was over the house (apparently the individual who was responsible for the wretched situation in Jerusalem), we wish now to relate to Sancheriv's campaign. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 325: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXI) In the previous shiur we discussed Sancheriv's campaign in the plain of Yehuda and Chizkiyahu's surrender to him, which involved the payment of a heavy tax from the treasures of the house of God. It stands to reason that this levy did not satisfy Sancheriv. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 326: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXII) In this shiur we will deal with the words of Ravshakeh as they are brought in II Melakhim 18:17. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 327: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXIII) Following Ravshakeh's remarks about Chizkiyahu's over-confidence in Egypt (the staff of broken reed), and about his complete removal of the bamot despite the people's desire to offer sacrifices at them, Ravshakeh continues with mocking words regarding the meager strength of the army of the kingdom of Yehuda. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 328: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXIV) In the previous shiur we examined the words of Ravshakeh to the delegation sent by Chizkiyahu. In this shiur we will consider his words to the men the defending the city wall. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 329: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXXXIX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXV) In the previous shiur, we related to Chizkiyahu's response to Ravshakeh's blasphemies, his going up to the house of God to pray, and his turning to the prophet Yeshayahu for instructions about what to do. In this shiur we will move on to Yeshayahu's response, to God's salvation, and to Chizkiyahu's reaction. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 330: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXL) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXVI) History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 331: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXVII) In the previous shiur we began to summarize the reign of Chizkiyahu. We dealt mainly with the perspectives on his kingdom presented by the prophets Yeshayahu and Yirmeyahu. In this shiur we intend to continue with our summation of his reign. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 332: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXVIII) In this shiur we will begin to examine the reign of King Menasheh. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 333: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXIX) To complete our examination of the reign of King Menashe, we wish to relate in this shiur to three issues. The first issue: In view of the fact that Menashe worshipped idols in the house of God, how did those who were faithful to the God of Israel worship God during this period? History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 334: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLIV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXX) Menashe's son and heir was Amon. This is the way the book of Melakhim describes his reign: Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned two years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Meshulemet the daughter of Charutz of Yotva. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as did Menashe his father... History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 335: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLV) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXXI) As was mentioned at the end of the previous shiur, according to the account in the book of Melakhim, the removal of idolatry from the house of God, from all parts of Jerusalem and from the altar in Bet-El, followed the discovery of the book of the Law and the making of a new covenant. Let us cite the entire passage: History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 336: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLVI) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXXII) Biblical criticism has addressed several fundamental issues in the context of its examination of the events that occurred during the time of Yoshiyahu. We wish to discuss here some of the arguments raised by Julius Wellhausen that relate in detail to II Melakhim 22-23 and to the relationship between those chapters and the book of Devarim. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 337: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLVII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXXIII) In the previous shiur we presented Prof. Yehoshua Grintz's arguments by way of which he rejects the claims put forward by Bible critics regarding the work of King Yoshiyahu. In this shiur we will address Prof. Grintz's position regarding the relationship between the discovery of the book of the Law and the purification of the land of idolatry. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 338: THe History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLVIII) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXXIV) In the previous shiur we presented Prof. Yehoshua Grintz's arguments by way of which he rejects the claims put forward by Bible critics regarding the work of King Yoshiyahu. In this shiur we will address Prof. Grintz's position regarding the relationship between the discovery of the book of the Law and the purification of the land of idolatry. History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 339: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLIX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXXV) As was mentioned earlier regarding the relationship between the accounts in the book of Melakhim and in the book of Divrei ha-Yamim, the book of Melakhim begins the story of Yoshiyahu's kingdom in the eighteenth year of his reign, with the sending of Shafan to Chilkiyahu the High Priest. The book of Divrei ha-Yamim describes a more gradual process: History of the Divine Service
Rav Yitzchak Levy Lecture 340: The History of the Divine Service at Altars (CXLX) – The Prohibition of Bamot (CXXVI) In the framework of the attempts to eradicate idolatry that were undertaken by Yoshiyahu, the prophet spells out his actions in various places: History of the Divine Service

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