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About Rabbi Dov Linzer

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and holds the Norman and Tova Bulow Rosh HaYeshiva Chair. He is the primary architect of YCT's groundbreaking curriculum of Torah, Halakha, pastoral counseling and professional training. He teaches regular classes in advanced Talmud, advanced Halakha and the thought of Modern Orthodoxy, and serves as a religious guide to the yeshiva’s 34 rabbinical students and its  100 + rabbis currently serving in the field. Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 20 years, and teaches a Daf Yomi shiur which is available on Youtube and iTunes. He publishes regular teshuvot on a wide variety of topics, and is the co-host of the highly popular Joy of Text podcast.

Written by Rabbi Dov Linzer

Says Who?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, June 8, 2017

When we make important decisions in our lives, what thought process do we go through?  For most of us, it probably involves asking a series of questions, such as: “Is this what I truly want?”; “Am I doing this for the right reasons or for the wrong reasons?”; “Will this be good for me in Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 8

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, June 5, 2017

These sources accompany the eighth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   The Wedding Night   Biat Mitzvah – The First Act of Intercourse The Talmud nowhere states that the couple must have intercourse on the wedding night.  It does refer to the first act of intercourse as beilat mitzvah, “the (or Continue Reading »

On the Nature of Birkat HaTorah

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, May 26, 2017

The following sources accompany a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave on May 18, 2017   Can one recite Birkat HaTorah on Shavuot morning when he/she didn’t sleep the night before? 1. Magen Avraham, Laws of Shavuot, OH 494 לענין ברכת התורה אני מסופק דבסימן מ”ז סי”ב כתב אף אם למד בלילה וכו’ א”צ לברך כל Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 3

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, May 23, 2017

These sources accompany the third episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Female Masturbation   The Mishna states that there is no problem with women manually stimulating their genitals. 1. Bavli, Niddah 13a מתני’. כל היד המרבה לבדוק, בנשים ־ משובחת, ובאנשים ־ תקצץ. גמ’. מ”ש נשים ומאי שנא אנשים? נשים לאו Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 2

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, May 23, 2017

These sources accompany the second episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Birkat Eirusin   1. Babylonian Talmud, Ketuvot 7b ברכת האירוסין מאי מברך? רבין בר רב אדא ורבה בר רב אדא, תרוייהו משמיה דרב יהודה אמרי: בא”י אמ”ה אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על העריות, ואסר לנו את הארוסות, והתיר לנו את Continue Reading »

What’s So Bad About Chametz?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, April 13, 2017

What is so bad about chametz?   On Pesach, not only may we not eat it, we may not derive any benefit from it, and we may not even own it.   And before Pesach we must search it out and destroy it.  What is this all about? A classic approach is to see chametz as representing Continue Reading »

Who Teaches Torah to Your Nation Israel

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, April 4, 2017

This is a speech delivered by Rabbi Dov Linzer at the YCT Annual Tribute Dinner in March 2017 Barukh atah Hashem ha’melamed Torah li’amo Yisrael.  Blessed are You God who teaches Torah to your nation, Israel. This second birkhat ha’Torah follows אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לעסוק בדברי תורה, the mitzvah-blessing for Torah study. For while Continue Reading »

Divine Sparks: Shabbat, Electricity

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, March 8, 2017

This is a source sheet to accompany the panel that took place in Jerusalem on January 5, 2017 titled, “Divine Sparks: Shabbat, Electricity” To listen to the audio from the panel, click on the following audio link: Below is a summary of the main ways in which poskim have tried to put the use of Continue Reading »

Between the Ideal and the Real – Before and After the Wedding

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, March 8, 2017

This is a source sheet to accompany the panel that took place in Jerusalem on January 4, 2017 titled, “Between the Ideal and the Real: Challenges in Halacha and Sexuality Before and  After the Wedding.”   To listen to the audio from the panel, click on the following audio link:   It is Torah, and Continue Reading »

How a Baby Is Made

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, December 8, 2016

How is a Baby Made?  More specifically, what determines the future characteristics of the child?  One answer emerges from the story of Yaakov’s breeding of the sheep, an answer that seems to be endorsed by the Talmud: a child’s character is shaped by what the mother and father were thinking and doing at the time Continue Reading »

Don’t Just Do Something; Stand There!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, December 2, 2016

In many ways, Yitzchak’s life parallels that of Avraham.  He travels to a foreign land to avoid a famine where he then claims that his wife is his sister to prevent her abduction and is subsequently blessed with great wealth.  He renews the covenant that Avraham made with Avimelekh, affirming his role as Avraham’s heir.  Continue Reading »

Speaking Truth to Power

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 23, 2016

Our responsibility to speak truth to power and protect victims of injustice, whether Jew or non-Jew, is a major theme of one of the central stories of parashat VaYeira, the story of Avraham arguing with God to defend Sodom and Amorah.  This scene is powerful not only because Avraham challenges God, but also because Avraham Continue Reading »