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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Halakha & Modernity

The Biblical Ger: Is He a Jew or Gentile?

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag from Yeshivat Har Etzion explores the different interpretations and applications of the term “ger” (stranger or convert) in the Torah, highlighting its significance and implications for both Jewish law and communal responsibilities.…

Shame, Power and Vulnerability: Psychological Insights of the Yichud Sugya (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Tully Harcsztark
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark from SAR High School/Machon Siach discusses psychological insights from the Yichud sugya in Kiddushin, exploring the complexities of human drives and moral behavior.…

YCT Shavuot Reader

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on May 23, 2024

This year’s YCT Shavuot reader focuses on conversion.  If your community would like to receive a shipment of holiday booklets in the future, please contact office@yctorah.org. Download Here…

Embracing Full Membership: The YCT Purim Reader

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2024

Please enjoy this resource booklet which includes words on Purim, disabilities and inclusion. We hope that this reader is a step in increased awareness and brings home the message that all Jews, no matter their difference have the zechut to access our Torah and our beautiful heritage.…

Disabilities Inclusion Torah Reader

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 13, 2023

The need to create religious communities that are fully embracing and empowering of all its members is a matter of high priority for us at YCT and lies at the heart of what the traditional circle-dance celebration of Tu b’Av represents: a community in which pains are taken to make sure that no one feels lesser or marginalized, a community in which everyone is included and everyone has equal access.…

Woman Serving as Sandeket

Chanukah Candles for a Friday Night Dinner at Shul

It is not uncommon during Chanukah for synagogues to hold Friday night dinners during Chanukah, as it can be a good way to bring people together, and especially so for young families due to the early start time of Shabbat. However, doing so raises the question about where and when Chanukah candles should be lit by those eating their at the shul.…

etrogim at market

Can I Compost My Etrog After Sukkot?

western wall

The Mitzvah of Hakhel Today

Every seven years, during the holiday of Sukkot following shemitah, the Torah states that the Jewish people are to hold a ceremony known as hakhel, perhaps best translated as gathering. The ceremony entails a public reading of several sections of the Torah from Devarim, with the goal that those present will “hear and learn to revere your God and observe faithfully every word of this teaching” (Devarim 31:12).…

The Mitzvah of Lulav in Jerusalem Today

All three pilgrimage festivals were centered around the experience of being at the Temple during the holiday. Whereas each person was required to offer a sacrifice for the festival, on Sukkot other unique rituals also took place at the Temple over the seven days of the holiday.…

hanging lightbulbs

An Electric Light for Havdalah After Yom Kippur?

With the advent of electricity in the last century, halakha has faced many new questions unknown to our ancestors. Countless teshuvot and books have been written attempting to analyze the nature of electricity and how it should be conceptualized within halakhic categories.…

shofar sitting on a granite countertop

Speaking During Mussaf: To Correct or Not To Correct?

On each day of Rosh HaShanah the shofar is blown no fewer than one hundred times in synagogue. The first thirty blasts before the mussaf service are known as tekiot d’meyushav, while the last seventy blasts blown during and after mussaf are known as tekiot d’meumad.…