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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: God, Faith, Religiosity & Prayer

Yizkor

In the Time of Coronavirus

The two primary paragraphs of Yizkor — the titular “Yizkor” and the well-known “El Maleh Rachamim” — are contrasting devotions. El Maleh Rachamim requests repose. The key word is Menucha, or rest.  We ask that God grant our relative’s soul “fitting rest … a rest in the Garden of Eden … so that they rest in peace”. …

A Plastic Hour

In the Time of Coronavirus

Yom Kippur is almost upon us. It is a day that is classically spent in personal introspection and reflection, acknowledging and feeling remorse for our sins and misdeeds, and committing to try to do differently in the future. In previous years, I have shared my thoughts that I believe that this heavy emphasis on looking back can often be unproductive and unhelpful.…

“To Bow and to Bend We Won’t be Ashamed…” Two Understandings of the Yom Kippur Prostrations

Rabbi Yekutiel Yehudah Halberstam (1905-1994) was the founding Rebbe of the Sanz-Klausenberg chassidic court. A Holocaust survivor, Rav Halberstam established various organizations dedicated to rebuilding Torah learning after the war. He spoke frequently about the importance of studyingTalmud and even stated that the essence of chassidus is to learn Gemara, something quite unusual for a Chassidic rebbe.…

“Mizmor L’David” as a Framework for Coping With Life’s Challenges

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on September 14, 2020

Scroll below the video to follow along with the source sheet.…

Go Easy on the Kids? Children and Tisha B’Av

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt”l (1895-1986) was the preeminent posek for North American Jewry for most of the 20th century, both for the yeshivish and Modern Orthodox communities. Rav Moshe was born in Russia in 1895, where he served as rabbi making great personal sacrifices on behalf of his community until he emigrated to the U.S.…

On Feminine Depictions of God in Tanakh

by Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky
Posted on July 20, 2020

Berah Dodi: Conclusion of Shir Ha-Shirim (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on July 20, 2020

Do the Prophets Have Free Will?

by Rabbi Dan Margulies
Posted on July 20, 2020

Eikhah 3 and the Court of Law

by Dr. Shalom Holtz
Posted on July 20, 2020

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Towards a Definition of Tefillah

by Dr. Shalom Holtz
Posted on July 20, 2020

Between Saul and David: A Cave, A Spear, A Cloak and a Jug (Hebrew)

by Dr. Orit Avnery
Posted on July 20, 2020

Tanakh and Superstition: Debates Within Traditional Commentaries

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel
Posted on June 30, 2020