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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

Shavuot: Chag v’Chesed

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 5, 2016

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.…

Psychotherapy and Teshuvah: Parallel and Overlapping Systems for Change

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted on July 5, 2016

People come to mental health treatment because they are in pain. The presentations of their pain vary–they come because they suffer from symptoms that restrict or threaten their lives, because they struggle with inner conflicts that undermine and torment their integrity, or because if they don’t come, they will lose their job, their spouse, or their children.…

Shame and Illness: A Jewish Perspective

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted on July 5, 2016

I approach the topic of “Shame and Illness” from my twin perspectives as psychoanalyst and traditional Jew. This written piece contains material prepared for the forum held at New York Medical College on June 14, 2004 as well as issues raised that evening via case vignette presentation and audience participation.…

Sex Selection and Halakhic Ethics: A Contemporary Discussion

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted on July 5, 2016

This originally appeared in Tradition in 2007. To read the article, click here.…

History of Past Sexual Abuse in Married Observant Women

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted 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, MD Posted 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 Katz Posted on July 5, 2016

To read this Hebrew article, click here.…

Money Designated For Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Posted on July 5, 2016

To read this hebrew article, click here.…

Circumcision and Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Posted on July 5, 2016

To read this Hebrew article, click here.…

Women and The Reading of the Megillah

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted 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

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?…