Harav Yaakov Medan

Rav Yaakov Medan studied at the Netiv Meir High School in Jerusalem and in 1968, joined the first class at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He served in the IDF in the Airborne Nachal Infantry unit in the Hesder Program, and afterwards, returned to the Yeshiva as a Ram. He earned his Semicha from Yeshivat Har Etzion, a Bachelor of Education degree from Michlala in Jerusalem and a Master's degree from Touro College. Rav Medan teaches Tanach at Yeshivat Har Etzion and at numerous Yeshivot hesder and colleges throughout the country, and is considered one of the outstanding educators of Tanach today. In 2000, Rav Medan served as a Board member of the school for conversion of the Ne'eman Committee, and thus began is involvement, together with Prof. Ruth Gavison, in composing a renewed pact for relations between religious and secular, for which he was awarded the Avichai Prize. Today, Rav Medan serves as a Ram for fourth-year students at Yeshivat Har Etzion, teaches Tanach and Jewish Thought at the Yeshiva and Herzog College, and taught at the Advanced Torah Institute of Bar Ilan University and at many other institutions. In 5766, Harav Yaakov was inaugurated, together with Harav Baruch Gigi, as Rosh Yeshiva, alongside the founding roshei yeshiva, to be joined in 5769 by Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Harav Yaakov Medan Amalek The most obvious question presented to us by the obligation to wipe out Amalek is the moral one. Why are we required to erase the entire Amalekite nation, regardless of their behavior; why does God Himself also "declare war" on them? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Mission of the Spies Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Snakes Sin and Its Punishment Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Why Does the Torah Begin with Bereishit? Rashi’s well known opening comment on the Torah raises a number of questions. In this shiur, we will examine the nature of the connection between the story of the creation of the world and the dispute with the nations of the world about our rights to Eretz Yisrael. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "Then I Shall Bring Upon the Nations a Clear Language" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Allowance Granted to Noach and His Descendants to Eat Meat After the flood, Noach is given permission to eat meat. Does this represent a step forward or a step back in human spiritual evolution? How do the new rules of eating meat relate to the sacrificial service and to the covering of blood after ritual slaughter? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "Berit Bein Ha-betarim" - the Covenant Between the Parts Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Beginning of Avraham’s Journey The Midrash describes Avraham as a fierce opponent of idolatry, smashing idols and being cast into a furnace for his trouble; however, there is no mention of this backstory in the Torah itself. Where do Chazal get this idea from? How does this relate to later biblical figures who challenge paganism, such as Gidon and Chananya, Mishae'el and Azarya? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Way of God and the Way of Righteousness and Justice Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Rescue of Lot and His Daughters The episode of Lot's rescue from Sedom raises many interesting questions: Why does Rashi connect this event to Pesach? Why did Lot's daughters think the world was destroyed? And where did they get that fateful bottle of wine? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Ketura Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Oath Taken by Avraham's Servant In this portion, Avraham has his servant Eliezer swear to find his son Yitzchak a wife, without letting him leave the country. Why is this so important? What does family mean for Avraham, and what truly is his native land? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Esav's Merit Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Yitzchak's Love of Esav Why does Yitzchak love Esav over Yaakov? Is he unaware of his firstborn's villainy, or is there a reason for his preference? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "Anyone Who Says That Reuven Sinned..." Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Incident in Shekhem The attack on Shekhem is one of the most stunning acts of violence in the Torah -- but was it revenge, punishment or something else? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan In the Footsteps of Yosef and the Midrash Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Yosef and His Brothers — The Hatred The twin dreams of Yosef at age seventeen are a challenging subject. What do they mean, and who is responsible for them? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Meaning of Yosef's Enstrangement Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Binyamin in the Land of Egypt Why did Yosef imprison Shimon, and what was his goal in telling the brothers to bring Binyamin to him? In this shiur, we will examine the possibility that Yosef was testing his brothers to see if they had repented for their sin. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Yosef and Yehuda Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Vayigash - These are the Names of the Children of Israel – Names and Numbers Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Years of Famine in Egypt The conclusion of the Torah portion describes how Yosef reorganizes the Egyptian economy. Is this an act of compassion or cruelty? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Rachel's Death and Burial Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Yaakov's Blessings to His Sons Yaakov's parting words to his sons raise a number of questions. Is Yaakov instructing his sons or predicting the future? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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