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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

Degrees of Sexual Touch

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 24, 2017

Different Forms of Sexual Activity Halakha recognizes a spectrum of sexual acts.  The act of intercourse, when it comes to adultery and other forbidden acts of sex, is defined as either vaginal or anal intercourse.  Other acts bordering on that include genital touching and “sex the way of limbs” – oral sex, or the woman Continue Reading »

Thinking About Mikveh Before Marriage- Joy of Text 2:11

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 24, 2017

These sources accompany the eleventh episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast. You may also want to check out our source sheet on degrees of sexual touch here.   Unmarried Women Not Going to the Mikveh Rivash (Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet, 1326-1408, Spain) was the first to discuss the practice that unmarried Continue Reading »

The Sex Ed Episode – High School Edition- Joy of Text 2:10

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 18, 2017

These sources accompany the tenth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   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 “a”) mitzvah intercourse” Continue Reading »

Power and Consent- Joy of Text 2:9

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 18, 2017

These sources accompany the ninth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   1. Breishit, ch. 6 (א) וַיְהִי כִּי הֵחֵל הָאָדָם לָרֹב עַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּבָנוֹת יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם: (ב) וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ: (ג) וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ לֹא יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם Continue Reading »

Solar Eclipse: To Bless or Not to Bless

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Inclusion and the Mikveh

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 2, 2017

  This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     (הוֹי כָּל צָמֵא לְכוּ לַמַּיִם (ישעיהו נ”ה:א Ho, every one that thirsts come ye to Continue Reading »

Marriage for People with Down Syndrome

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on July 31, 2017

This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     1. This couple with Down’s syndrome are celebrating 22 years of marriage– Metro UK They were Continue Reading »

Why is the Mitzvah of Tzedakkah not in the Torah and Only First Appears in Neviim?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on July 6, 2017

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The Top Ten Challenges for Modern Orthodoxy as Seen in Tanakh

by Rabbi Asher LopatinPosted on July 6, 2017

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The Morning Blessings and their Biblical Roots

by Rabbi Menachem LeibtagPosted on July 6, 2017

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Protecting the Canaanite? Sheltering the Moabite? Immigrants and Refugees in Tanakh and Halakha

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on July 5, 2017

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Biblical Prayer: Between Malkizedek and Hannah

by Rabbi David SilberPosted on July 5, 2017