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 Different Ways to Divide the Plagues In this shiur, we consider two different ways to divide the plagues and evaluate what these divisions teach us about the nature and purpose of the plagues. In the process, we will examine the role of the plagues of pestilence and hail. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Bo: "Build Your House:" The Connection between Pesach, Tefillin, Mezuza and Mila The mitzva of tefillin is mentioned in four separate parshiot in the Torah. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Covenant at Mara Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan At the Sea’s Edge In this sicha, we discuss a number of elements in the parsha, including the camp at Ba’al Tzafon, the four groups among Bnei Yisrael, the prominence of the related words yira and re’iya in the story, and the connection between the splitting of the sea and the akeida. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan When Were the Three Days of Preparation for Matan Torah? The date of the giving of the Torah is not stated explicitly in the Torah, and its connection with the festival of Shavuot requires some clarification. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Yitro Understanding the juxtaposition of Yitro and Amalek is a key to comprehending the events that follow. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan “You Shall Not Covet” This sicha explores multiple dimensions of the prohibition against coveting: its place in the Ten Commandments, its psychological and halakhic meaning, its broader ramifications, and its relation to other mitzvot concerning one's neighbor. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan “I am the Lord your God” The statement of "I am the Lord your God" has been the subject of much discussion among the commentators and those who count the mitzvot. In this shiur, we discuss various views regarding the nature of this command and its content, as well as its emphasis on the exodus from Egypt. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Murdering with Guile Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan “An Eye for an Eye” We will bring many indicators that the peshat of "an eye for an eye" refers to monetary compensation, as opposed to actual removal of the eye, and we will further analyze why the Torah wrote the instruction in this manner. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Plan for Conquest of the Land In Parashat Mishpatim, Hashem declares that He will be sending an angel before Am Yisrael in their conquest of the land. In this shiur, we will examine the significance of this angel, as well as consider the original plan for the conquest, were it not for the sin of the spies. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Law of a Thief In this sicha, we will contrast two different types of thieves discussed in our parasha and attempt to understand the distinction between them. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Concerning the Mishkan Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Container of Manna and the Ark of the Testimony The Torah relates that a container of manna was placed alongside the ark in the Kodesh Kodashim. In this shiur, we will contemplate the significance of this and its message for us. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Priestly Ketonet (Undercoat) and Me’il (Robe) What is the significance of the ketonet and the me'il worn by the Kohen Gadol during his service in the Mikdash? In this shiur we will note the significance of the colors of these garments, as well as their connection to previous stories in the Torah. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Four Garments of an Ordinary Priest In this shiur, we explore the unique nature of some of the priestly garments - the trousers, sash, and the hat and turban. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan "You Shall See My Back" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Aharon’s Part (and Ours) in the Episode of the Golden Calf How could the pious Aharon sin with the Golden Calf and still become Kohen Gadol? What does his personality have to do with the educational philosophy of the School of Hillel? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Temple, the Jewish People and Torah Study Throughout the period of the First Temple, the prophets rebuked the Jewish People for viewing the Temple as an end in and of itself, instead of a means of achieving closeness with God. Later in Jewish history, this inappropriate emphasis was transferred to a different realm. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan "Their Shekalim Preceded His" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Jewish People and Torah Study We believe that the Torah is a good and empowering way to bring the Jewish People closer to God, but we must ensure that at the very least Torah study does not harm the rest of Israel. The Torah has replaced the Temple, and therefore we treat it as a clear and understandable goal, but this should be done only to a certain point. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The World of Sacrifices The world of sacrifices seems strange to modern man, but there are a number of ways to overcome this sense of alienation. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan “Take Heed in the Plague of Tzara’at” Through an analysis of tzara’at throughout Tanakh, Rav Medan proposes three reasons one might be struck with it: challenging kohanim and other authorities, evil speech, or betrayal of the Jewish People. He then analyzes a poem by Rachel and a story by Agnon that relate to “tidings from a metzora,” and connects them to our contemporary reality in Israel. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Priesthood and National Responsibility What is the role of the kohanim, as reflected in the prohibition of their coming into contact with the dead and in their consultation with the urim ve-tumim? In this shiur, we will focus on the importance of taking responsibility, as we will see from the contrast between the urim ve-tumim and consultation with the dead. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Shemitta – Rights or Obligations of the Individual? The Torah emphasizes that the mitzvot of shemitta and Yovel, as well as the curses and blessings, were conveyed at Mount Sinai. What is the significance of both these sections, and why were they specifically commanded at Mount Sinai? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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