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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Ethics

When to NOT Ask for Forgiveness

Rabbi Avram Schwartz (Posted on October 3, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rav Binyamin Yehoshua Zilber zt”l was a major Haredi posek of the previous generation. He studied in Brisk and at a satellite yeshiva of Novardok in his youth, eventually making aliyah to become one of the first students at Yeshivat Beit Yosef-Novardok in Bene Brak.…

Humanity, Personhood and Jewish Thought after the Holocaust and Today

by Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Mirsky Posted on April 17, 2019

What Nietzsche Can Teach Jews About the Problem of Evil

by Dr. Daniel Rynhold Posted on April 17, 2019

Abortion in Halakha: A Study Guide

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on February 7, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Halakhic Parameters of Abortion: A Study Guide Guided Questions for Chavruta Learning Sources 1-7 were covered in the previous sheet.  Look at sources 8-12.  Do they indicate that a fetus has the legal status / protections of a human life or not? …

May A Single Man Fulfill The Mitzvah Of Pru U’rvu (procreation)? (Hebrew)

Rabbanit Dr. Michal Tikochinsky (Posted on March 8, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Social Action: Mandate or Mixed Message?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 29, 2016

Killing Killers: Is the Death Penalty Good for the Jews?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on November 2, 2016

  There is significant tension in the Torah literature regarding the death penalty. On one hand, the written Torah clearly supports the use of the death penalty although it is not so clear why. On the other hand, the Rabbis seem to be uncomfortable with it, apparently out of concerns for judicial error and perhaps also because of their discomfort with direct retaliation.…

The Will and the Way: Schopenhauer’s Challenge

by Rabbi David Chamudot Posted on October 27, 2016

The Art of Ambiguity: Rav Lichtenstein on Halakhah and Ethics

by Dr. Eugene Korn Posted on October 27, 2016

Why Doesn’t Yom Kippur Come Before Rosh HaShana?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 25, 2016

The relationship between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is both obvious and complex. Obvious, in that Divine judgment and forgiveness are closely connected – we recognize that there is no one who can justify him or herself to their Creator, and thus a day of judgment requires a day of forgiveness which brings with it the Divine gift of atonement.…

Deception and Connection: Why Do We Deceive Those We Love?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 7, 2016

Jewish values oppose lying, deception, and dishonesty as a rule. And yet there are some moments, when they are acceptable and maybe even preferable to the truth. It is obvious that we should not participate in dishonesty that causes damage to others, and even dishonesty that really has no negative consequences should be avoided.…

How Could We be Commanded to Commit Genocide?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 6, 2016

Amalek, as it appears in the פשט of the תנ”ך and in חז”ל and the later Midrashim is a tribe that raids others both for status and for economic necessity. The only way to be safe from a tribe with this kind of predatory culture is to destroy it entirely because any remnant will rebuild the tribe with the same rapacious culture.…