Sichot - Holidays
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Megillat Esther and Our Educational Dilemma Megillat Esther concerns not just relations between Jews and non-Jews, but also relations between Jews themselves. What does it teach us today? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Parashat Zakhor: "Because They Tested God" The midrash teaches that Amalek attacked the Children of Israel because they did not believe God was in their midst. How is this possible after all the miracles they witnessed? Rav Amital explains the problem with their faith and how it is still relevant today. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Learning from Esther It seems that the megilla is not called "Megillat Esther" because Esther wrote it, but rather because Esther is the main character in the megilla, and the story of the megilla is, to a great extent, parallel to the story of her personal development. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital To Be In Need, To Seek Perfection, The Story Of The Megilla Purim is a holiday of paradox: the complete person is the one who feels incomplete, and the incomplete person is the one who feels complete. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Lag Ba-omer: Rabbi Akiva's Students and Derekh Eretz Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Miracle and the Responsibility of Sovereignty “My heart is prepared, O God; my heart is prepared; I shall sing and I shall give praise.” (Tehillim 57:8) In order to sing, the heart must be ready and prepared. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Multifaceted Relationship between Jerusalem and the Land of Israel Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Torah of Fire and Water Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Victory and Spiritual Revolution In Divrei Ha-yamim we find an account of the war waged by King Asa against Zerach the Kushite: And there came out against them Zerach, the Kushite, with an army of one million men, and three hundred chariots, and he came to Maresha… . (Divrei Ha-yamim II 14:8-10) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Messages of Elul Our aim during Elul has to be the raising of the standards in all our personal characteristics. In this world we can increase our fear of Heaven with little effort. We can achieve integrity at little cost. Opportunities abound to increase our honesty. We go to the synagogue, buy kosher food, recite birkat ha-mazon. These things are so easy to do, but they must be elevated. If the basic standards which we expect from ourselves are raised, everything becomes much more difficult. Fear of Heaven is a great thing, and so is faith; so is love of mitzvot. We have to raise the standard. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Kaddish for the Martyrs of the Holocaust A generation ago, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared that the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, which marks the beginning of the destruction of the Temple, would also be observed as a Holocaust Remembrance Day. Specifically, it would be the day to recite kaddish for relatives whose exact date of death we do not know. Just as the Tenth of Tevet thus has acquired a dual significance, so does the kaddish itself that we recite on this day. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Rejoice in the Lord and Be Glad Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Guardian of Israel - Watch Over the State of Israel Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "This is the Lord's Doing: It is Wondrous in Our Eyes!" Every year at the beginning of the month of Iyar, we experience Yom Ha-Zikaron (Memorial Day for fallen soldiers) and Yom Ha-Atzmaut (Independence Day) one right after the other. It is usually quite difficult to celebrate joyous occasions so soon after commemorating mournful ones, but Rashi teaches us a profound lesson in this regard in his commentary to Bereishit (6:6): "In a time of joy – there shall be joy, and in a time of grief – there shall be grief." Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Dual Nature of Chanuka There are two miraculous events commemorated by Chanuka: ner, the miracle of the oil, and milchama, the military victory. What characterizes each of these miracles? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Importance of Preparing the Menora Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Sound of a Silent Shofar: The Problem of Rosh Ha-shana that Falls on Shabbat Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 1 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 2 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Not by Their Sword Did They Posses the Land, Nor Did their Own Arm Deliver them." We must respond to the challenge that faces us, and to act to promote the values of justice and morality in society. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Truthful Repentance Let us indeed acknowledge that "God is close to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him TRUTHFULLY." Then we will merit a year of life and peace, and a ketiva va-chatima tova. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Meaning of Redemption What is the meaning of redemption in a religious sense? In this sicha, we will note that it is not necessarily implicit in the return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "All the Trees of the Forest Shall Sing for Joy" Parashat Beshalach – Tu bi-Shvat Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "If I Forget You ,O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Forget Its Cunning" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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