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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Belief & Observance

To Believe or to Have Faith

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 26, 2018

The Ten Commandments open with the declaration “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of land of Egypt.” This is often understood to be a mitzvah of belief. Is there such a mitzvah? And what do we mean by belief anyway?…

The Top Ten Challenges for Modern Orthodoxy as Seen in Tanakh

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin Posted on July 6, 2017

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Should Facts Affect Faith?

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper Posted on December 2, 2016

Rav Shimon Shkop and Rav Yisrael Gusteman on Human Norms in Halakha

by Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Elman Posted on November 1, 2016

Should Torah be a Choice?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on October 7, 2016

Although voluntary buy-in is a more motivational incentive than extrinsic reward and certainly more than threat of punishment, there may still be good reason to insist that Jewish education and general keeping of mitzvot be mandatory and not a choice. Declaring something as mandatory emphasizes its importance, and, despite emotional objections, it can help ingrain habits (especially in children) so that any alternative would be unthinkable.…

Does the Torah Make You Wise?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on October 6, 2016

It may seem odd to us that people would ask a rabbi who to marry or vote for, but the Torah, in fact, does have reference to all aspects of our lives and the experts in Torah may well have wisdom and advice to impart in all areas of our lives.…

Can We Build Bridges Both to the Left and to the Right – Simultaneously?

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin Posted on September 23, 2016

Lessons from my first year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah “Excuse me for a moment; I need to take this call,” I said to the rabbis I was meeting with at an important convention for Chareidi professionals dealing with practical halachic issues and public policy. …

Dogma and Jewish Status

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 30, 2016

A.    Becoming A Jew Notice that the process focuses entirely on acceptance of mitzvot and not of ikrei emunah.  While certain beliefs are assumed – i.e., the existence of an olam habah – the purpose of the process is to ensure that the ger accepts not only the obligation of the mitzvot but the yoke of the mitzvot – the full gravity of the obligation. …

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 5 -Different Types of Heresy and Applications for Today

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 4 – Status of One Who Does Not Believe, Understanding Rambam

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 3 – Status of One Who Does Not Believe, in Gemara and Rambam

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 2 – Status of a Shabbat Violator, Historical Development and Conclusion

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies