Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Laws
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Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #26: The Land of Israel (9): Yishuv Eretz Yisrael As we continue to examine the interplay between Berit Avot and Berit Sinai, we analyze a major conundrum: why is settling the Land of Israel (yishuv Eretz Yisrael) counted as a mitzva by the Ramban but not by the Rambam? How can such an important concept not be explicit in the Torah? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #27: The Land of Israel (10) Withdrawing from the Land of Israel In Israel and throughout the Jewish world, the idea of land for peace has been a matter of much debate and discussion, including from the viewpoint of Halakha. What motivates the two schools of thought, that of R. Soloveitchik and of R. Kook? How does this relate to the concept of berit Avot? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #28: The Land of Israel (11) What is the nature of the mitzva to live in Israel? Is it voluntary or obligatory? How does it change in light of historical events? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #29: The Land of Israel (12) Visiting and Prioritizing the Land of Israel While aliya may not be an immediate goal for every Diaspora Jew, the desire to visit Israel is worth considering. Is this a mitzva? Is this worthwhile? How may one prioritize Israel without traveling there? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #30 Pursuit of the Ethical Life (1): Sedom and Avraham As we consider the final element of berit Avot, we begin our analysis of Bereishit 18-19. What do the Sodomites believe in, and how does this relate to the similar story in Shoftim 19? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #31 Pursuit of the Ethical Life (2): The Ways of Sedom and the “Way of God” As we continue to consider the relationship of berit Avot to the story of Avraham and Sedom, we analyze the reason that the patriarch is told about the city's impending destruction. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #32 Pursuit of the Ethical Life (3) Sedom and Yerushalayim As we continue to consider the relationship of berit Avot to the story of Avraham and Sedom, we analyze the relationship between Sedom and its polar opposite, Jerusalem, as defined by its king Malki-Tzedek and Avraham at the Akeida. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #33: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (4): Middat Sedom and Lifnim Mi-shurat Ha-din – Part One Sodomite behavior is condemned in halakhic literature, and indeed one may be compelled to reject such a practice. How does this fit into our understanding of berit Avot? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #34: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (5): Middat Sedom and Lifnim Mi-shurat Ha-din — Part Two Is it a legal or moral requirement to avoid Sodomite behavior? How can it be that an attitude which is considered a basis to question one's Jewishness could be classified as "average"? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #35: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (6): Moral Intuition (1) — Judicial Conscience Is it conceivable that conscience may demand something different of a judge than what the law says? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #36: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (7): Moral Intuition (2) — Arbitration What exactly is the role of arbitration in halakhic jurisprudence? Is it a different sort of justice, or an alternative to it? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #37: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (8) Moral Intuition (3) The Role of the Monarch, Part I The Jewish monarch is granted an interesting role in Jewish jurisprudence. Does this reflect a deviation from or reinforcement of standard halakhic courts? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #38 Pursuit of the Ethical Life (9) Moral Intuition (4) The Role of the Monarch, Part II While the king clearly has certain powers beyond those of normal judges, we must ask whether this represents an emergency measure or a fully realized parallel system of justice. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #39: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (10) The King and Tzedaka U-Mishpat The role of the king in justice reflects the interplay between the Covenant of Sinai and the Covenant of the Patriarchs, as we can see in both biblical and rabbinical sources. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #40: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (11) The Jewish People and Tzedaka U-mishpat Part I: In Tanakh and Chazal While the role of the king in establishing tzedaka u-mishpat is indispensable, both biblical and rabbinic texts testify to the important role of the Jewish people as a whole in establishing a society embodying these values. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #41: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (12) The Jewish People and Tzedaka U-Mishpat Part II: Tzedaka, Mishpat, Chessed, and Rachamim The national character of the Jewish people, as presented by the Sages, includes not only a commitment to tzedaka u-mishpat, but also an inherent drive towards compassion and kindness. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #42: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (13) Living with Tzedaka U-mishpat Part I: Devar Ha-reshut When there is no concrete legal obligation, how is a Jew to approach moral questions? When is it time to turn from Shulchan Arukh to Sefer Bereishit? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #43: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (14): Living with Tzedaka U-Mishpat Part II: Halakhic and Communal Policy Tzedaka u-mishpat provide direction when a Jewish society makes policy decisions, whether on the level of a single community or an entire state. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #44: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (15): Living with Tzedaka U-Mishpat Part III: Interaction with the Law The interplay between berit Avot and berit Sinai has major implications for our approach to halakhic decision-making. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #45: Pursuit of the Ethical Life (16): Living with Tzedaka U-Mishpat Part IV: Illustrations and Conclusions As we close this unit of tzedaka u-mishpat, we must consider the meaning of berit Avot for servants, slaves and foreigners--the "others" within the Jewish community. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #46: Spirituality (1): Tzedaka U-mishpat as Spirituality As we begin a new unit, focusing on the mandate to develop a relationship with God, we look at the role of tzedaka u-mishpat as divine attributes, especially in the books of Tehillim and Yeshayahu. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #47: Spirituality (2): The Way of God In order to understand the covenantal role of tzedaka u-mishpat, we must examine their spiritual force in the Written and Oral Torah. Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg Shiur #48: Spirituality (3): Knowledge of God What does it mean to know God, and how does this concept relate to tzedaka u-mishpat? Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)

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