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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

History of Past Sexual Abuse in Married Observant Women

by Michelle Friedman, MDPosted on July 5, 2016

Most studies investigating religiosity and sexual abuse have examined whether religiosity ameliorates the negative consequences of sexual trauma (1–4), rather than whether religiosity affects the occurrence of sexual trauma. There are currently no statistics regarding the lifetime prevalence of sexual abuse within religious communities.…

Observant Married Jewish Women and Sexual Life: An Empirical Study

by Michelle Friedman, MDPosted on July 5, 2016

Taharat haMishpahah, literally, “family purity,” refers to the series of Jewish laws and customs governing sexual behavior between husbands and wives. The laws of taharat haMishpahah need to be understood in the larger context of observant Jewish life, which seeks to elevate everyday behavior in light of a divine plan.…

The Joy of a Mitzvah or the Joy that is a Mitzvah?

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

To read this Hebrew article, click here.…

Money Designated For Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

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Circumcision and Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

To read this Hebrew article, click here.…

Women and The Reading of the Megillah

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on July 5, 2016

May women read the Megillah for other women, and for that matter, may women read the Megillah for men? This was originally written for the Torah U-Maddah Journal in 1999. Click here to read the full piece.…

Women and Kriyat HaTorah

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on March 1, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Toward a Torat Chaim: Embracing Conflicting Values

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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?…

The Obligations of Tzedek

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 24, 2012

(An earlier version of this appeared in the 5769 AJWS Chag v’Chesed) The holiday of Shavuot is generally assumed to commemorate the giving of the Torah, which occurred on the sixth of Sivan. In the Torah, however, Shavuot is only described as an agricultural holiday and occurs not on any particular calendrical date, but at the culmination of seven weeks from the beginning of the harvest season that occurs on the second day of Pesach.…

Is Christianity Avoda Zara to Christians?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 16, 2011

As both Chanukkah and Christmas draw near, it is appropriate to discuss of the evolution of halakha’s approach to Christianity. Tosafot in Bekhorot, 2b, had said that one does not transgress by having a Christian take an oath in the name of God and a saint.…

Torah from our Beit Midrash

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 2, 2011

  While a little postponed, I would like to finish up the discussion from two weeks ago on the topic of attitudes towards Christianity, which arose in the daf yomi at the beginning of Bekhorot.  The Talmud (Bekhorot 2b) had stated that a person could not enter into a partnership with a non-Jew, lest the non-Jew have to take an oath, and he would then do so in the name of his god. …

Mesechet Berachot: Speaking of Christianity

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 18, 2011

On the very first page (2b) of Mesechet Berachot, the Gemara discusses, on a bit of a tangent, the statement of the father of Shmuel that it is forbidden to go into partnership with a  non-Jew, lest non-Jew will be required to take an oath to verify his claim in a dispute, and this oath will be taken in the name of a foreign god. …