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 "Where Are You?" Sin, Punishment, and Repentance In this shiur, we will consider two elements of Adam's sin and punishment. Why does God treat the serpent differently than Adam and Chava? And why is there a necessary connection between sin and ultimate death? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan "Where Are You?" Sin, Punishment, and Repentance In this shiur, we will consider two elements of Adam's sin and punishment. Why does God treat the serpent differently than Adam and Chava? And why is there a necessary connection between sin and ultimate death? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Kayin's Act In Parashat Bereishit, the Torah focuses on the first two human failures - that of Adam and that of Kayin. What can we learn from the shedding of Hevel's blood, its motives, and its consequences? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Sin of the Generation of the Flood What was the sin of the Generation of the Flood? A mysterious midrash about King David casts fresh light on this question. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Sign of the Rainbow The commentators disagree about whether the rainbow, which is the sign of the covenant, was a new creation or whether it was a natural phenomenon. Perhaps both are true, as we shall explain. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Seven Noachide Laws Chazal teach that the descendants of Noach are obligated to fulfill the seven Noahide commandments. Is it possible to find a source for all seven of these mitzvot in the Torah? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Covenant of Circumcision In Parashat Lekh Lekha, Avraham is commanded to circumcise himself. What is the significance of the act of circumcision, and why is it performed specifically on the eighth day? Why is the child's name given at the circumcision ceremony, and why is circumcision or the lack thereof deemed a sign of being a part of the Jewish People? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Two Ways to Understand Avraham Why was Avraham chosen? The Kuzari and the Rambam present two different views, and the Rambam's is especially relevant for us today. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Sedom's Verdict Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Banishment of Hagar: Did Avraham and Sarah Sin? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Avraham vs. Iyov The midrash regarding Avraham's three-day journey to Mt. Moriya leads us to compare Avraham's and Iyov's responses to loss, and helps us understand why Avraham protested regarding Sedom but not regarding the command to sacrifice his son. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Certainty and Doubt Regarding the Akeida How are we to understand Avraham's actions at the Akeida? In particular, how did he deal with two pressing doubts: Perhaps he had not, in fact, heard the command of God, and perhaps he had misunderstood it? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Ketura Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Cave of Makhpela Why was it so important to Avraham that he purchase the Cave of Makhpela instead of receiving it as a gift? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Divination and Prayer – The Story of Eliezer the Servant of Avraham The incident involving Eliezer and his encounter with Rivka at the well was recorded in the Torah in its entirety twice in succession: It is written as it happened, and it is written again as it was reported by Eliezer to Betuel, Lavan, and their family at a meal in their home. Why was this lengthy repetition necessary? In this shiur, we will explore one possible answer. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Esav's Merit Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Yitzchak – the Heavenly Soul Yitzchak's path is different from that of Avraham and Yaakov. While the relationship between Avraham and Sarah, and between Yaakov and his wives, occupies a relatively modest place in the chronicle of their lives, when it comes to Yitzchak, Rivka is the active, entrepreneurial force in his home, and most of the recorded events of his life involve her. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Yitzchak’s Meal In the Torah's account of the blessing that Yitzchak wished to give to Esav but was, through deception, given to Yaakov, there is an inordinate emphasis on food. What is the explanation for this, and what does it reflect about Yitzchak's character? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Love Instead of Jealousy The relationship between David and Yonatan -- a love based on selflessness -- is the key to understanding the conflict between Esav and Yaakov. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Path of Yitzchak The Torah's account of the life of Yitzchak seems to essentially repeat the themes of Avraham's life, and YItzchak seems to be attributed lesser significance than the other avot. What is the role of Yitzchak in the family story? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Good Vow Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Yaakov’s Love for Rachel Why did Yaakov love Rachel? And what were the complex dynamics of the relationship between Rachel and Leah after they married? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Lavan’s Deceit Why did Yaakov have to work so long for his wives? How was he fooled by the switching of the sisters? And why did he not return home after the fourteen years were over? These questions are illuminated by an examination of the parallel between Lavan and Pharaoh. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Theft of the Terafim and the Covenant at Mitzpa-Gal’ed Why did Rachel steal her father's terafim? The commentaries have offered a number of explanations. In this shiur, we will suggest an additional possibility, and we will also consider Yaakov's response to Lavan's accusation. We will further probe the covenant made at Mitzpeh Gil'ad, which appears to have been violated years later by Bnei Yisrael. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Did Yaakov Deal Justly With Lavan? What caused Yaakov to leave Lavan? Were his actions justified? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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