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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakhic Methodology

The Ox that Gored and the Meaning of Laws in the Bible

by Dr. Shalom Holtz
Posted on October 21, 2016

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.…

What is the Basis for Rabbinic Authority?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 26, 2016

What is the basis for Rabbinic authority? Why do we follow the Talmud? Why is the Rabbis’ interpretation of Torah mitzvot binding on us? The Talmud tells us that the answer to some of these questions can be found in our parasha.…

The Discourse of Halakhic Inclusiveness

Beit Din’s Presence in the Mikveh room for Conversion: A Case Study in Rav Ovadya Yosef’s Citation of Sources

Review of Equality Lost

Book Review: Be’einei Elohim Ve’Adam: Biblical Criticism and the Person of Faith

Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim: A Case Study in Halakha and Values

A Torat Emet and a Torat Chaim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 5, 2014

Ki Teitze is a parasha densely packed with mitzvot. Of course, just because there are all these laws does not mean that it is always clear what their parameters are or how they are to be implemented. Should determining this be done only through technical and formal rules, or do values and underlying principles play a role?…

Mitzvot and their Interpretation: The Role of Values and Narrative

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 12, 2011

Ki Teitze is a parsha densely packed with mitzvot. A new mitzvah appears almost every few verses, and sometimes even more frequently. It is, in a way, the parshat Mishpatim or the parshat Kedoshim of Devarim. Now, of course, just because there are all these laws does not mean that it is always clear what their parameters are or how they are to be implemented.…