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 "Who Passed Over the Houses of the Children of Israel" The Exodus and Moshe
Harav Yaakov Medan The Inauguration of the Temple on Sukkot There are a number of interesting connections between Sukkot and the dedication of the Beit Ha-Mikdash. In this shiur, we will discuss the significance of these connections and how they can teach us about the essence of the chag. The Holiday of Sukkot
Harav Yaakov Medan The Miracle of the Oil and the History of Chanuka Why is the beraita troubled specifically by the need to kindle the menora? After all, the same question could be asked concerning the incense, the showbread or the sacrifices - surely God does not need any of these things. In what way is the kindling of the menora different from any of these other elements of the Temple service? The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan Avraham, Gidon, and the Hasmoneans The story of Matityahu is reminiscent, in many ways, of a similar narrative from Sefer Shoftim – the story of Gidon. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan "They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle" The women were an integral part of the rebellion, the victory, and the salvation. They are obligated concerning the lighting of Chanuka candles, for they, too, were actively involved in that miracle. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan On Miracles, Revealed and Hidden The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan From Slavery to Freedom The Meaning of Pesach
Harav Yaakov Medan On Freedom The Meaning of Pesach
Harav Yaakov Medan THE HOLIDAY OF PASSOVER AND THE HOLIDAY OF MATZOT In Rabbinic Hebrew, the festival of Matzot is also called the festival of Passover, but in the Torah they are two separate festivals. The Meaning of Pesach
Harav Yaakov Medan Build Your House The Meaning of Pesach
Harav Yaakov Medan The Themes of Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Harav Yaakov Medan The Agricultural and Historical Significance of Sefirat HaOmer The Meaning of Sefirat HaOmer
Harav Yaakov Medan The Four Sons One of the most familiar sections of the Pesach Haggada is the account of the four sons: The Meaning of the Seder Night
Harav Yaakov Medan "But Mordechai Did Not Bow" The crisis in the book of Esther begins as a result of Mordekhai's refusal to bow down to Haman. What was the reason for this refusal, and why was Mordekhai willing to jeopardize the safety of the Jewish People as a result?
Harav Yaakov Medan To Whom Did God Speak at Sinai? Rambam, Rav Yehuda Ha-Levi and Rashi present three different accounts of the Revelation at Sinai. In this article, Rav Medan combines elements of each in order to flesh out the position of R. Yehoshua ben Levi and to propose an overall chronological framework.