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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

Praying with a Cross in the Room

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, January 18, 2018

A person is a patient at Holy Cross Hospital and there is a crucifix on the wall of each room.  Can she make brakhot and daven there? A family wishes to have a bar mitzvah in the large, all-purpose hall of Catholic university, where there is a small cross affixed at the top of the east-facing wall, 20 feet off the ground.…

May a Woman Be a Mohelet?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, January 4, 2018

May a woman be a mohelet? Although women are not circumcised, they are members of the covenant that the Jewish people, have with God: “You stand this day all of you before the Lord your God.. all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the stranger that is in your camp… that you enter into covenant with the Lord your God…” (Deut.…

For Real This Time, What’s the Story With Christmas Gifts?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, December 28, 2017

So what is the story with Christmas gifts and office Christmas parties? Last week we saw that the Talmud draws a number of red lines to ensure that our active involvement in the surrounding society does not lead us into religiously problematic areas.…

The Holiday Season – What’s A Frum Jew to Do?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, December 21, 2017

This time of year, during the “holiday season,” many Jews struggle with how to best negotiate our interaction with the society and culture around us. Can we give Christmas or year-end gifts to our paper carrier? Can we go to our company’s holiday party if it is going to be Christmas-themed?…

There’s No Going Home Again? – Where Do Travelers, Guests, and College Students Light Hanukkah Candles?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, December 14, 2017

Many of us fondly remember precious moments with our families during Hanukkah – lighting candles, singing songs, eating latkes, and playing dreidel. The family-oriented strand of this holiday is actually deeply woven into its mitzvot and halakhic requirements. The obligation rests not on the individual, as is the case with almost all other mitzvot, but on the household as a unit, ner ish u’veito, a candle for the person and his household.…

Less Fire, More Light – Lighting Hanukkah Candles Without Burning Your House Down

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, December 7, 2017

The story of Yosef and his brothers has, on the face of it, nothing to do with Hanukkah. But as it is often read right around Hanukkah time, it is not surprising that attempts have been made to find connections to Hanukkah.…

Fantasy, Concealing Abuse, Kama Sutra cards and vibrators- Joy of Text 1:1

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

Our first episode! We talk about fantasy: is there such thing as a “normal” fantasy? What’s the history of fantasizing in Judaism? What does Jewish law have to say about it? We also interviewed Michael Lesher about his new book on covering up sexual abuse in Orthodox communities.…

Hiding Under the Bed- Joy of Text 1:8

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the (mini) eight episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Hiding Under the Bed Babylonian Talmud Hagigah (5b)   |    (:תלמוד בבלי מסכת חגיגה (ה אמר רב: אפילו שיחה יתירה שבין איש לאשתו מגידים לו לאדם בשעת מיתה.…

How to Conceive a Baby Boy- Joy of Text 1:10

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the (mini) tenth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   How to Conceive a Baby Boy Babylonian Talmud, Niddah 31a   |    (.בבלי, נדה דף (לא אמר רבי יצחק אמר רבי אמי: אשה מזרעת תחילה – יולדת זכר, איש מזריע תחילה – יולדת נקבה, שנאמר +ויקרא י”ב+ אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר.…

They Become One Flesh: Joy of Text 1:12

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the (mini) twelfth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   They Become One Flesh 1. Breishit 2:24    |    בראשית ב’:כ”ד עַל כֵּן יַעֲזָב אִישׁ אֶת אָבִיו וְאֶת אִמּוֹ וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.…

Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common- Joy of Text 1:14

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

What is the real obligation of sex between a husband and wife? These sources accompany the (mini) fourteenth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common A Letter from the Steipler (Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky 1899-1985)  |    מכתב מהסטייפלר Translated by Rabbi Dov Linzer ב.…

Male Masturbation & How to Stop Shul Sexual Abuse Before It Starts- Joy of Text 1:9

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the ninth episode of the Joy of Text podcast. In this episode: Male Masturbation Yichud for Gay Men and Women   Male Masturbation Sources and Reasons The most often cited source for the prohibition (or condemnation) of masturbation is the story of Er and Onan (hence the word “onanism”).…