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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

The Wedding Night- Joy of Text 2:8

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on June 5, 2017

These sources accompany the eighth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   The Wedding Night   Biat Mitzvah – The First Act of Intercourse The Talmud nowhere states that the couple must have intercourse on the wedding night.  It does refer to the first act of intercourse as beilat mitzvah, “the (or Continue Reading »

The Childbirth Episode- Joy of Text: 2:3

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 23, 2017

These sources accompany the third episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Female Masturbation   The Mishna states that there is no problem with women manually stimulating their genitals. 1. Bavli, Niddah 13a מתני’. כל היד המרבה לבדוק, בנשים ־ משובחת, ובאנשים ־ תקצץ. גמ’. מ”ש נשים ומאי שנא אנשים? נשים לאו Continue Reading »

Birkat Erusin- Joy of Text 2:2

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 23, 2017

These sources accompany the second episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Birkat Eirusin   1. Babylonian Talmud, Ketuvot 7b ברכת האירוסין מאי מברך? רבין בר רב אדא ורבה בר רב אדא, תרוייהו משמיה דרב יהודה אמרי: בא”י אמ”ה אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על העריות, ואסר לנו את הארוסות, והתיר לנו את Continue Reading »

Playing God: The Theology of Genetic Engineering

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on May 12, 2017

  How do the Torah and rabbinic sources view the idea of genetic engineering, specifically as it relates to plants? The following sources are meant to prompt a discussion regarding this question. 1. VaYikra 19:19 אֶֽת־חֻקֹּתַי֮ תִּשְׁמֹרוּ֒ בְּהֶמְתְּךָ֙ לֹא־תַרְבִּ֣יעַ כִּלְאַ֔יִם שָׂדְךָ֖ לֹא־תִזְרַ֣ע כִּלְאָ֑יִם וּבֶ֤גֶד כִּלְאַ֙יִם֙ שַֽׁעַטְנֵ֔ז לֹ֥א יַעֲלֶ֖ה עָלֶֽיךָ׃ You shall observe My laws. You Continue Reading »

Who Teaches Torah to Your Nation Israel

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 4, 2017

This is a speech delivered by Rabbi Dov Linzer at the YCT Annual Tribute Dinner in March 2017 Barukh atah Hashem ha’melamed Torah li’amo Yisrael.  Blessed are You God who teaches Torah to your nation, Israel. This second birkhat ha’Torah follows אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לעסוק בדברי תורה, the mitzvah-blessing for Torah study. For while Continue Reading »

Eating the Placenta: A Halakhic Option?

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on March 22, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Divine Sparks: Shabbat, Electricity

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 8, 2017

This is a source sheet to accompany the panel that took place in Jerusalem on January 5, 2017 titled, “Divine Sparks: Shabbat, Electricity” To listen to the audio from the panel, click on the following audio link: Below is a summary of the main ways in which poskim have tried to put the use of Continue Reading »

Between the Ideal and the Real – Before and After the Wedding

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 8, 2017

This is a source sheet to accompany the panel that took place in Jerusalem on January 4, 2017 titled, “Between the Ideal and the Real: Challenges in Halacha and Sexuality Before and  After the Wedding.”   To listen to the audio from the panel, click on the following audio link:   It is Torah, and Continue Reading »

May a Woman Recite Birkat Eirusin?

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on March 6, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Davening Mincha After Lighting Shabbat Candles

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on February 21, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Halakha and Electric Shavers

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on February 8, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Can A Woman Be A Sandak?

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on January 9, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies