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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

The Sex Ed Episode – High School Edition- Joy of Text 2:10

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 10, 2017

After our listener question about cuddling on the wedding night, our guest, Ora Weinbach, talks about her experiencing teaching sexuality at Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. We ask: What does a sex ed curriculum look like? What it’s like to teach sex-ed to a co-ed class?…

Thinking About Mikveh Before Marriage- Joy of Text 2:11

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 10, 2017

Recorded Live at Harvard Hillel! Should an unmarried woman who is in an intimate relationship use the mikveh before marriage? What are the relevant and often competing halakhic, personal, and communal  issues that must be considered? Includes Q&A with Harvard students on this theme and related topics, and heartfelt reflections by our hosts on why this podcast is the most important project they’ve undertaken.…

Degrees of Sexual Touch- Joy of Text 2:11

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 24, 2017

Recorded Live at Harvard Hillel! Should an unmarried woman who is in an intimate relationship use the mikveh before marriage? What are the relevant and often competing halakhic, personal, and communal  issues that must be considered? Includes Q&A with Harvard students on this theme and related topics, and heartfelt reflections by our hosts on why this podcast is the most important project they’ve undertaken.…

Solar Eclipse: To Bless or Not to Bless

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Inclusion and the Mikveh

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 2, 2017

  This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     (הוֹי כָּל צָמֵא לְכוּ לַמַּיִם (ישעיהו נ”ה:א Ho, every one that thirsts come ye to the waters (Isa.…

Marriage for People with Down Syndrome

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 31, 2017

This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     1. This couple with Down’s syndrome are celebrating 22 years of marriage– Metro UK They were criticized 22 years ago for wanting to get married.…

Why is the Mitzvah of Tzedakkah not in the Torah and Only First Appears in Neviim?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 6, 2017

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The Top Ten Challenges for Modern Orthodoxy as Seen in Tanakh

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin Posted on July 6, 2017

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The Morning Blessings and their Biblical Roots

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Posted on July 6, 2017

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Protecting the Canaanite? Sheltering the Moabite? Immigrants and Refugees in Tanakh and Halakha

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on July 5, 2017

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Biblical Prayer: Between Malkizedek and Hannah

by Rabbi David Silber Posted on July 5, 2017

Playing God: The Theology of Genetic Engineering

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted 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.…