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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Gender, Marriage & Family

Torah Study for Women in the Thought of Rav Shagar (Hebrew)

by Rabbanit Dr. Michal Tikochinsky Posted on December 2, 2016

Mother’s Milk: A Psychoanalyst Looks at Breastfeeding

by Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on November 8, 2016

To read Mother’s Milk: A Psychoanalyst Looks at Breastfeeding, click here.…

“This isn’t what anyone expected….”

by Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on November 7, 2016

Sara, 23, and Raphael, 28 just became parents of a much wanted baby boy.  The  brit was a joyous event but Raphael noticed that his wife was distant and preoccupied throughout the morning. Over the following weeks, Sara, usually a cheerful, easy going and very social young woman, seemed more and more changed.…

Onah, Pilegesh and the Sanctity of Marital Intimacy in the Thought of Ramban

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on October 26, 2016

A Short History of Biblical Intermarriage: From Chamor to Ruth

by Rabbi Francis Nataf Posted on October 26, 2016

Woman of Folly, Woman of Valor: A Feminine Perspective on the Book of Proverbs

by Dr. Michelle Levine Posted on October 21, 2016

What Does It Take to Make a Match?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on September 7, 2016

There is a need in our community for a review of the criteria we use in selecting mates (values and personal traits rather than aesthetic and material concerns). In addition there is a need to reemphasize that making the choice is not enough- there is tremendous work that still needs to go into a marriage and that very work is the source of the love between the partners.…

What Endangers the World of Torah and The Rabbinate?

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot
Posted on July 22, 2016

מה מסכן את עולם התורה ואת הרבנות? By Rav Yoel Bin Nun Rav Yoel Bin Nun is the former rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Kibbutz Hadati and a founding faculty member of Michlelet Herzog of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and a faculty member at Yeshivat Har Etzion and other Torah institutions.…

Why Don’t the Girls Say No

by Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on July 5, 2016

Each time another sordid story of sexual molestation of children comes to light, an inevitable series of questions arise. “Why don’t the girls protest? Why didn’t they tell their parents, a teacher, a trusted friend? Why didn’t they say ‘no!’ to the abuser, and fight back?”……

Explaining the Laws of Family Purity

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 25, 2016

Why is there a time of physical separation between husband and wife every month – a law found in this week’s Torah portion? (Leviticus 15) To be sure, a mandate ought be observed no matter – but is there a rationale?…

A Marriage of Equals?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 19, 2015

In the Torah story of Avraham’s servant and his interaction with Rivka, her brother, and her mother, we saw that society in Padan Aram had an unusual family structure. As a matrilineal society, households were comprised of the children of the same mother, and the head of the household was the mother’s oldest brother, perhaps at times working in conjunction with the matriarch.…

Was Rivka a (Gasp!) Feminist?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 4, 2015

When Avraham charges his servant to find a wife for Yitzchak, the servant asks a strange question: “Perhaps the woman will not desire to follow me to this land. Should I return your son to the land which you came from?”…