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 Path of Repentance: Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "The were fruitful and increased greatly and multiplied and became mighty" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan A Glimpse at Moshe’s Earliest Deeds In this shiur, we will consider the background information that the Torah provides about Moshe Rabbeinu, including his upbringing and early deeds. Chazal teach us that it was in the merit of the righteous women that Bnei Yisrael were redeemed from Egypt, and we will see that it was indeed the righteous women in Moshe's family who enabled the redemption. We will further note the comparison and contrast between Moshe and Shaul, the first leader and the first king. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Signs What is the significance of the set of three supernatural acts given to Moshe at the Burning Bush? Whom are they for? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "I Shall Hardened Pharoah's Heart" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "And I will harden the heart of Pharaoh" What does the Torah mean when it tells us that God hardens Pharaoh's heart? Is repentance ever beyond a person's reach? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "This Month Shall Be For You..." Jewish Dates Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Bo: Passover The Torah explains the term "Passover" as referring to the fact that God passed over the houses of the children of Israel and delivered them. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Taking the Pesach Offering on the Tenth of Nisan In this shiur, we will explore the command issued to the Israelites in Egypt to take the sheep for the Pesach offering on the tenth of Nisan, even though it would only be offered on the fourteenth. What was the reason for this waiting period? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Wanderings of Benei Yisrael in the Desert Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Splitting of the Sea A number of characters play central roles in the story of the splitting of the Yam Suf. In this shiur, we will analyze the roles of the people of Israel, God, and the Egyptians as we picture the amazing scene described in the Torah. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Yitro Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Giving of the Torah in the Sight of the People or in the Sight of Moshe In this shiur, we will address one of the central ambiguities regarding the account of the Revelation at Mount Sinai: Was the Revelation only to Moshe, or was it to the entire nation? We will construct a theory regarding what took place based on analysis of the verses and the views of the commentators. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Two Aggadot Concerning the Giving of the Torah In this shiur, we will discuss to famous aggadot about the giving of the Torah on Har Sinai, and we will attempt to learn lessons from these midrashim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Murdering with Guile Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Mishpatim: A Hebrew Slave Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them. If you buy a Hebrew slave, six years he shall serve, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself. If his master has given him a wife and she has born him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. And if the slave shall plainly say, “I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free.” Then his master shall bring him to the judges; he shall also bring him to the door or to the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. (Shemot 21:1-7) Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Book of the Covenant and the Continuation of the Assembly at Mount Sinai In this shiur, we will discuss a number of elements of Shemot ch. 24, including the question of when this story took place and what was written in the "book of the covenant." Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Concerning the Mishkan Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Teruma - The Mishkan and the Tent In this shiur, we will analyze the double designation of the Mishkan as the "Mishkan of the testimony" and as the "tent of meeting." What is the significance of these terms, and what do they reflect about the nature of the Mishkan? We will further study the meaning of the outside appearance of the Mishkan, which looked like a shepherd's tent. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Keruvim In this shiur, we will consider the nature and symbolism of the keruvim that were fashioned on the top of the ark cover. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Tetzaveh: The Tzitz In this shiur, we will study the role of the tzitz, which, Chazal tell us, atones for sacrifices that were brought incorrectly. We will further see that the tzitz specifically atones for the sin of impudence, as reflected in the sin of taking false oaths. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Efod and the Choshen In this shiur, we explore the efod and choshen worn by the High Priest, including the significance of the onyx stones and the role of the Urim and Tumim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Ki Tisa: The Census and the Plague What is the reason for the command to count Bnei Yisrael in Parashat Ki Tisa? In this shiur, we will focus on the connection between the count and going out to war. In this light, we will also discuss what was improper about the census at the time of King David, which resulted in a plague. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Golden Calf and the Mishkan Rashi and Ramban famously dispute whether the command to build the Mishkan was issued independently of the sin of the golden calf or only after it. In this shiur, we will discuss very proofs that can be brought for both sides of this dispute, which remains unresolved. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Vayakhel - Shabbat In this shiur, we will study the commandment to keep the Shabbat that is recorded in Parashat Vayakhel. What is the significance of the prohibition of the thirty nine forms of forbidden labor? Why are these labors specifically connected to the building of the Mishkan? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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