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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Ethics

Moving from the Real to the Ideal

In the Time of Coronavirus

The Torah commands us in the laws of Shmita for the first time in Shemot 23:11: “And six years you shall sow thy land, and shall gather in the fruits thereof. But the seventh year you shall relinquish it; that the poor of your people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat.…

Morality of the Torah and Contemporary Morality

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel
Posted on July 20, 2020

Protecting the Widow: Legal Institutions in Megillat Ruth

by Dr. Yael Landman Wermuth
Posted on July 20, 2020

The Mitzvah to Plan for the Future

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 8, 2020

  What does the Torah have to say about a person making concrete plans for the eventuality of her death? Is it appropriate to sign a health care proxy or to make out a will? There is no better example than our patriarch, Jacob.…

When to NOT Ask for Forgiveness

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. Yehuda 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

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)

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