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 SPIRIT OF THE DRY BONES Yechezkel's vision of the Dry Bones is an apt metaphor for the rebirth of the Jewish People in their land. What can the sequence of this prophecy teach us about modern history? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan "They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle" "They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle" Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Daniel and the Greek Kingdom A study of the visions of Daniel reveals that many of them relate to the Greek kingdom. Why does Daniel go to the trouble of spelling out in such great detail what will happen in that kingdom? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The Court of the Chashmonaim In addition to their military victory and the rededication of the Temple, the Chashmonaim had additional far-reaching effects. In this shiur, we highlight the contribution of the court of the Chashmonaim to the shaping of Jewish law, the passing down of the Torah tradition, and its continuity from one generation to the next. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The Story of the Five Tanna’im In the Pesach Hagadda, we recount the story of the five Tanna'im who had a seder together in Bnei Brak. What is the significance of this story, and what were they discussing? This shiur suggests that they were talking about how to apply the lessons of the exodus from Egypt to their own times. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Holy of Holies Chazal interpret the book of Shir Ha-Shirim, which is read on Pesach, as an allegory. In this shiur, we will demonstrate that this is indeed the straightforward understanding of the text. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Purim and Yom Kippur The Zohar associates Purim with Yom Kippur, two days that appear to be distinct opposites. In this shiur, we will analyze the connections between these two days, in particular the lots that appear both in the Megilla and in the laws of Yom Kippur. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan "And It Came to Pass, in the Days of Achashverosh…" The absence of God in Megillat Ester is far more than a textual quirk; it reflects the deeper challenge for the Jews under the Persian Empire. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Why Was Elimelekh Punished? The harsh fate of Elimelekh seems to indicate the biblical punishment of kareit, premature death and the death of one's children. What does he do to deserve such a horrific punishment, and what does this tell us about Boaz's unique kindness? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The Sukkot Celebrated by Those Who Returned to Zion from the Babylonian Exile Sefer Nechemya describes how those who returned from Babylonia to Eretz Yisrael celebrated the festival of Sukkot shortly after their return to Zion. What was the significance of the celebration and why is it emphasized? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Reading Kohelet on Sukkot What is the reason for the accepted practice to read the book of Kohelet on Sukkot? In this shiur, we will examine four different explanations and attempt to tie them together to define the message of Kohelet as a whole. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Real Booths or Clouds of Glory? The Tannaim offer two explanations of the Torah's reason for the mitzva of dwelling in sukkot - that God protected us with the clouds of glory in the desert or that we dwelt in actual booths in the desert. What is the significance of this dispute, and what is emphasized by each view? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The Torah Source for the Water Libation The mitzva of the water libation on Sukkot has no explicit source in the Torah. However, an examination of the story of Eliyahu on Mt. Carmel yields not only an allusion to it but also helps us understand the meaning of this mitzva. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan “How Shall I Bear Alone” Chazal perceived the connection between the catastrophe of exile and the very first pang of despair experienced by Moshe with regard to his ability to lead Am Yisrael by his own example and elevate them to his level. What is the connection between the appointment of elders and judges and the eventual churban? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Praying Towards Jerusalem Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan They Shall Yet Live: A Eulogy for our Beloved Student, Zachary Baumel HY”D After going missing in action nearly thirty-seven years ago, our dear student Zachary Baumol was finally brought to rest last month on Mt. Herzl. Along with the president, prime minister, and family members, Harav Medan eulogized him. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Repentance: Theory and Practice Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The First Yom Kippur There are a number of fascinating parallels between Moshe's second ascent to Mount Sinai and the Kohen Gadol's entry to the Holy of Holies every Yom Kippur. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The Ten Martyrs Why is the piyyut "Eleh Ezkera," recounting the slaying of the Ten Martyrs, found in the Ashkenazi liturgy on Yom Kippur? And why is it placed specifically in Musaf at the conclusion of the recounting of the Yom Kippur Temple service? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan A Day of Matchmaking The mishna asserts that the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur are joyous holidays of matchmaking. Upon what is this assertion based? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan "Ha-Tikva" Then and Now Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Redemption in Megillat Ruth Megillat Ruth
Harav Yaakov Medan The Almond Tree This article analyzes the significance of Moshe's rod, demonstrating that it came from an almond tree, and that the qualities typical of an almond tree also categorize the redemption from Egypt. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Day of Jerusalem’s Liberation Yom Yerushalayim celebrates our salvation from our enemies, our recapture of the Kotel, and most of all, our return to Jerusalem, the heartbeat of our nation. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan When Were the 3 Days of Preparation for Matan Torah? Standing at Sinai