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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

The Afternoon Antidote to Our Distracted Lives

by Rabbi Aaron Frank Posted on July 25, 2019

From the decreasing productivity of the workplace, to bad decisions by drivers leading to tragic accidents, distraction is an issue that challenges each of us and our society each and every day. One need look no further than Google (another place where we get distracted…) to see that there is an entire body of literature all focused on trying to find solutions to this massive concern.…

For the Entire Congregation is Holy

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 3, 2019

The Korach story, in which Aharon’s right to the priesthood was challenged, ends with the Torah enumerating the special priestly gifts that to which the Kohanim are entitled (Bamidbar 18:8-20).  On this special status of the priesthood, the Sifrei comments: “There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of kingship, and the crown of the priesthood.…

Accepting the Mitzvot as a Convert: Does it Matter What You’re Really Thinking?

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on June 5, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Shmelkes (1828-1904) was one of the leading rabbis in the latter part of the 19th century in Eastern Europe. He was the head of the rabbinical court in Lvov (Lemberg) from 1869-1893. His Beit Yiẓḥak (6 vols., 1875–1908), on the four parts of the Shulkḥan Arukh, was widely acclaimed. …

Establishing Halakhic Marriage Norms in the New State

Rabbi Avram Schwartz (Posted on May 6, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Yitzhak Isaak Halevi Herzog (1888-1959) was Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of the State of Israel at the time of its founding. He had previously served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland, until he succeeded Rav Kook in 1936. Aside from his work in developing the institutions of the Israeli Rabbinate, he is most famous for his doctorate on the proper identification of tekhelet.…

Ashrei: How the Bible Becomes Prayer

by Dean Rachel Friedman Posted on April 17, 2019

Don’t Talk While You’re Eating?

Rabbi Avram Schwartz (Posted on April 15, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg (1915-2006) was a rav and dayyan in Jerusalem, a member of the Chief Rabbinical Court in Israel, and the informal halakhic authority of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The author of the 21-volume set of responsa, Tzitz Eliezer, he remains a widely respected posek, one of the leading voices of the previous generation.…

Tehillim Chapters 9-10: Acrostics and Our Relationship with God

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel Posted on April 3, 2019

Mishloah Manot, Cultivating Friendship, and the Absence of a Brakha

Rabbi Avram Schwartz (Posted on March 18, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Yehiel Yaakov Weinberg (1884-1966) was the last rector of the Neo-Orthdox Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin. In his youth in Lithuania, he had been considered an illui, a young genius, and studied under Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel at Yeshivat Kenesset Yisrael Slobodka.…

Hebrew: May Young Men Give Physical Assistance To Young Women With Physical Disabilities?

Rabbi David Bigman (Posted on March 1, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

To read this teshuva in English click here. שאלה: מדי שנה אנו הנוער של מעלה גלבוע מארחים בישוב קייטנת אילן. לעתים קרובות בגלל חוסר בכוח אדם או בגלל צורך בכוח פיזי בנים מטפלים בבנות בעל מוגבלויות . איך בן יכול לטפל בבת על פי ההלכה?[1] תשובה: התורה מצווה בשני מקומות את כל בן ישראל להתרחק מהעריות.…
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May Young Men Give Physical Assistance To Young Women With Physical Disabilities?

Rabbi David Bigman (Posted on February 28, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

To read this teshuva in Hebrew click here. Question: Each year, the Ma’ale Gilboa youth group hosts Camp Ilan, a camp for young men and women with disabilities. Due to insufficient manpower as well as the need for their physical strength, young men often take care of young women with physical disabilities.…

Abortion in Halakha: A Study Guide

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on February 7, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Halakhic Parameters of Abortion: A Study Guide Guided Questions for Chavruta Learning Sources 1-7 were covered in the previous sheet.  Look at sources 8-12.  Do they indicate that a fetus has the legal status / protections of a human life or not? …

Why Are We Doing This and Why Does it Matter?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 31, 2019

The enterprise of ta’amei ha’mitzvot, trying to identify the values that underlie the mitzvot, is an important although potentially dangerous one.  The importance lies in the fact that it helps us actualize those values both in the performance of the mitzvot and in other areas of our lives. …