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About Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is on the faculty of the Department of Bible and Jewish Thought and Director of Continuing Rabbinic Education at YCT. He also serves at the Chair of the Department of Torah Shebaal Peh at SAR High School and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. He was previously Director of the Judaic Studies Curriculum at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. He edited the volume “Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.” (Toras HoRav Foundation) and authored a collection of essays on Bible entitled “Mikra and Meaning” (Maggid Publishers, 2012). He continues to serve as a part-time faculty member of the Drisha Institute, Lamdeinu and the Wexner Foundation Heritage program.

Written by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

What Endangers the World of Torah and The Rabbinate?

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, July 22, 2016

מה מסכן את עולם התורה ואת הרבנות? By Rav Yoel Bin Nun Rav Yoel Bin Nun is the former rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Kibbutz Hadati and a founding faculty member of Michlelet Herzog of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and a faculty member at Yeshivat Har Etzion and other Torah institutions.…

And Moses Struck the Rock

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, July 5, 2016

The failure of Moses to lead the Jewish people into the promised land constitutes a central tragedy of the second half of the book of Numbers and the book of Deuteronomy. The ambiguous circumstances surrounding both his loss of the reins of leadership and his disqualification from entry into the land add to the reader’s sense of frustration and wonder.…

Chanuka and Purim – A Study of Their Differences

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, July 5, 2016

From a purely halakhic point of view, we generally regard Chanuka and Purim as equal in status. Both festivals are de-rabanan (rabbinically mandated), and the issue of “pirsum ha-nes” (publicizing the miracle) is central to both of them. This trend of thought finds expression in the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah.…

Spymasters: The Haftorah of Parshat Shelach

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, July 5, 2016

Joshua Ch. 2 is the middle of a section of a larger unit (Ch. 1-4) that makes up the first part of the book of Joshua. In a word, this first unit of four chapters can be entitled: The Narrative of the Entry of Israel into the Land.…

Dimensions: A Young Man’s Story of Torment: Surviving Depression

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, July 5, 2016

The fall of 1996 was an exciting time in my life: I had just started a new job coordinating the Judaic studies curriculum for Maayanot, a fledgling new high school for young women in Teaneck, New Jersey; I was teaching a few classes at Torah Academy of Bergen County, a local boys’ yeshivah high school and I was continuing to lecture at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. …

Our God and the God of Our Forefathers

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, May 25, 2016

At the opening of our parsha, Abraham, our founding father, leaves his homeland and birthplace on the journey towards finding the promised land. In truth, however, this is not the first journey that the Torah has presented to us in relation to Abraham and his father.…

Torah Shiurim in Memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, April 21, 2015

There is no more fitting way to commemorate the memory of HaGaon Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt”l, through the learning of Torah. In honor of Rav Lichtenstein’s 80th birthday, we presented a series of shiurim on the Thought of Rav Lichtenstein as part of our annual Yemei Iyun in Tanakh and Jewish Thought.…