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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

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.…

Social Justice– Mandate or Mixed Message?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 5, 2016

Many Jews champion social justice as a Torah mandate of tikkun olam.  This term contains two notions – one, a universalist ethos, a care for the world at large, and not just the Jewish community.  And two, it is a call to address the deep, systemic problems within society – to get at the root causes of injustice and inequality, and not just focus on addressing its symptoms,  such as helping individuals who are without food, or health care, or education.…

Social Justice– Circles of Responsibility

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 5, 2016

The Torah in many places obligates us to take care of our “brother”.  It is clear from many verses that this word often does not mean generically “another person,” but specifically someone of our tribe – a fellow member of the people of Israel.   …