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 The Power of Silence Yaakov was the only patriarch to have all his children follow in his path. What did he do to merit this? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Pillar at Rachel’s Tomb Yaakov expressed his love for Rachel after her death in two main ways: through the pillar that he set up on her grave and through the special love that he showed to her sons, Yosef and Binyamin. In this shiur, we examine these two elements in our parsha and those that follow. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan These are the Generations of Yaakov – Yosef and Yehuda In this shiur, we will demonstrate how and why Yosef and Yehuda are the focus of Parashat Vayeshev, noting that they are the chosen leaders and how this is reflected later in history. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Avraham, Gidon, and the Hasmoneans Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Avraham, Gidon and the Hasmoneans Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Miketz: Pharaoh’s Dream and Its Interpretation What was the difference between Pharaoh's two dreams? And why did Yosef suggest a plan of action when he wasn't asked to do so? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Encounter Between Yosef and His Brothers We face two problems in this week's parasha: 1) Exegetically, what is the point of his accusations against his brothers and how does their mention of two missing brothers help? 2) Morally, why does he disguise himself and cause both them and their father so much anguish? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Two Ways of Dealing with Society Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Yehuda’s Guarantee In this sicha, we discuss a number of important lessons that we can draw from Yehuda's words to Yosef, focusing in particular on Yehuda's complete commitment to fulfilling his guarantee. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Yosef, Menashe and Efraim An examination of the geography of Eretz Yisrael helps us understand the blessings of Efraim and Menashe. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Revenge In Parshiot Vayigash and Vayechi, Yosef demonstrates a complete lack of interest in revenge against his brothers. We find a similar trait in King David and in the Mashiach. What is the significance of this trait? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan “You Shall Not Take Vengeance, Nor Bear Any Grudge” In this sicha, we discuss Yosef's remarkable restraint from bearing a grudge against his brothers, who had severely wronged him. We will take note of a number of other individuals who similarly refrained from bearing a grudge or taking revenge. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Burial of Yaakov Why must Yosef swear to bury Yaakov in Chevron? What does this mean for the exile in Egypt and the future of the Jewish people? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan "They Were Fruitful and Increased Greatly and Multiplied and Became Mighty Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan By Virtue of the Righteous Women The obligation of women to drink the four cups of wine at the Pesach seder is explained by R. Yehoshua ben Levi with the argument that “they too were included in that miracle” (Pesachim 108a). Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Shemot: The First Leader and the First King A comparison of the Jewish people’s first national leader, Moshe, and their first king, Shaul, reveals much about both of them, as well as the nature of leadership. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Signs – A Serpent and Tzara’at When Moshe tells God that the people will not believe him, God gives him two signs. Many interpret these signs as a rebuke to Moshe. Rav Medan proposes a new understanding. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Development of the Egyptian Subjugation The creeping enslavement of the Jewish people by the Egyptians was an intentional strategy, and it has surprising parallels in the time of Shlomo. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The First Mission to Pharaoh In their first interaction with Pharaoh, Moshe and Aharon take on a surprisingly apologetic tone. What is the reason for this, and how might it explain Moshe's reaction to the difficult beginning of his mission? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan From Midian To Egypt How are we to read the story of what happens between Moshe's departure from the Burning Bush and his arrival in Egypt? Why does God try to kill him, and why does Aharon come to kiss him? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Moshe Rabbeinu at the Beginning of his Mission In this sicha, we will address a number of elements of Moshe's early life, including the meaning of his name and the significance of his altercation with the fighting Hebrews and his relationship with Yitro. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan "I Shall Harden Pharaoh's Heart" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Name “E-l Sha-dai” and the Tetragrammaton A close examination of the uses of different names of God in Bereishit and Shemot reveals a clear pattern, which helps us understand the four (or five) expressions of redemption in our parasha. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Detzakh, Adash, Be’achav What is the significance of R. Yehuda's famous mnemonic of the ten plagues, Detzach, Adash, Be'achav? In this shiur, we will demonstrate how the warning issued before each of these three sets of plagues indicates the goal of the set. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan "This Month Shall Be for You..." Jewish Dates A transition to counting the days of the month, the names of the months, and the years in numerical terms, and a simultaneous transition to a system that counts years and months back to the Exodus is not wildly unrealistic and impractical. It is possible to do. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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