Today is July 12, 2020 / /

The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

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

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

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

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

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 1 – Status of a Shabbos Violator in Rishonim and Poskim

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

Warming Tray on Shabbat

Tzniut, Halakha, and the Male Gaze

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 15, 2016

This essay was written in the context of this op ed in the New York Times. This accompanying source sheet provides a closer look at the sources.  Tova Hartman, in her chapter “Modesty and the Religious Male Gaze,” in Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism, discusses the topic of the male gaze, and how the culture around tzniut reinforces this – accepts it as a given – and the status of women as sex objects.…

Tzniut, Halakha and the Male Gaze: Lecture and Sources

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 10, 2016

This lecture was composed in the context of this op-ed in the New York Times. These sources also accompany the Season 2 Episode 7 episode of the Joy of Text podcast. Introduction There is a general sense in the frum community that tzniut is a concept that applies almost exclusively to women and to how they dress.  …

Jewish Social Justice: A Universalist Mandate?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 8, 2016

In halakha, our obligations towards the other are mostly, if not exclusively, directed towards our fellow Jews.  In other lectures [hyperlink here to Circles of Responsibility and to the Jew-Gentile lectures that are relevant], we explore to what extent there is a basis in halakha for an obligation of assistance and support towards Gentiles as well.…