Sichot - Holidays
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Why Did Moshe Desire to Enter the Land? Which mitzvot did Moshe wish to fulfill upon entry into the land? The conventional understanding is that he was referring to the "commandments dependent upon the land" – terumot and ma'asrot, challa, etc. However, upon further consideration, it seems that Moshe might have been referring to other mitzvot, not those traditionally defined as falling into the category of those "dependent on the land" in the narrow sense of the term. Holiday Packages
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Multifaceted Relationship between Jerusalem and the Land of Israel Holiday Packages
Harav Baruch Gigi The Sins of the Fathers and of the Sons In his Laws of Fasts (5:1), the Rambam teaches: “There are days when all of Israel fasts because of troubles that occurred on those days, in order to arouse the hearts and to open paths of repentance... Holiday Packages
Dr. Miriam Weitman Seventy-Five Years Later: Remarks at a Kristallnacht Memorial Assembly in Bremen, Germany Seventy-five years ago, a train passed along the route of the railroad, which exists also today, just ninety minutes away from where we are standing now... Holiday Packages
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 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 Aharon Lichtenstein “Because They Partook of the Banquet of the Wicked One” 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 Aharon Lichtenstein The Relationship Between Shofar and Prayer The shofar blasts and the prayers can be viewed as two factors “competing” for primacy. But they can also be seen as a couple walking together, each giving strength to the other, and both together leading to a stronger and richer fulfillment of standing before God. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Shofar Is Considered Service in the Holy of Holies In this sicha, originally delivered before the sounding of the shofar, Rav Amital zt”l discussed the kavvana that should accompany the fulfillment of this lofty mitzvah. Holiday Packages
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Teshuva: Obligation and Opportunity Teshuva is our great opportunity to make amends for all our missed opportunities; and this in itself obligates us to engage in teshuva… Holiday Packages
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Why Learn Gemara? Judaism places great emphasis on the study of Torah. But why the focus on the realm of Halakha, and specifically the choice of gemara as the central text? 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 Baruch Gigi Simchat Torah It is the customary practice in all Jewish communities to complete the annual public Torah reading cycle on Shemini Atzeret, which is the day of Simchat Torah. The origin of this practice is unclear, however. In this shiur, we present an explanation based on the original Torah-reading practice in Eretz Yisrael, when the Torah was completed twice every seven years. 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 “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 Baruch Gigi "I Have Set Watchmen upon Your Walls" Jerusalem brings together the material and the spiritual, heaven and earth, the monarchy and sanctity, the Temple and the royal city. Holiday Packages
Harav Baruch Gigi What is the Connection between Yom Kippur and the Section of the Arayot? The Torah reading at Mincha on Yom Kippur is the section of arayot. Why was this passage in particular chosen for this reading? An understanding of the dual themes of Sefer Vayikra will point us towards the answer. Holiday Packages
Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Secret of the Scapegoat The concepts of "purity" and "holiness" are cornerstones of Judaism. What do they mean, what is the relationship between them, and how can this understanding help us explain the mysterious commandment to send a goat to Azazel as part of the Yom Kippur sacrificial service? Holiday Packages
Yeshiva Staff Philosophical and Educational Themes in Rav Amital’s Discourses for the High Holidays How does one explain the magic that touched our hearts as we listened to the simple and wondrous sichot of the rosh yeshiva, Harav Amital zt”l, during the month of Elul and the Yamim Nora’im? Holiday Packages
Rav Mordechai Breuer Yom Yerushalayim - The Akeida and God’s Choice of Jerusalem In the story of Avraham's meeting with Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, and in the story of Avraham's binding of Yitzchak on Mt. Moriah, we learn the meaning of God's choice of Jerusalem. Holiday Packages
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "As If He Had Gone Out Himself:" Integrating Past, Present and Future in Observing Yom Ha-aztma'ut Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Studies in the Akeda Why did God command the Akeda? Did God entertain any doubt concerning Abraham’s fear of God? What is unique about the story of the Akeda in a generation where the sacrifice of children to Moloch was an accepted norm of pagan worship? And is blind obedience to God the main message of the Akeda? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein God and Man According to Hellenism Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Rav Moshe Taragin The Global Impact of Chanukah Upon Humanity We tend to imagine Chanukah in uniquely nationalistic and Jewish-centered terms. However, Chanukah also marks a major advance in the human spirit. Our defeat of Antiochus assured that Divine will on this earth would continue to shape human development. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva