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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Machshava/Jewish Thought

Shema Yisrael: The Secret Code of the Jewish People (Hebrew)

by Dr. Gabi Cohen
Posted on November 23, 2016

Mother’s Milk: A Psychoanalyst Looks at Breastfeeding

by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on November 8, 2016

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

Unorthodox Therapy

by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on November 7, 2016

When a psychotherapist is needed, how important is it that he be religious? Can we trust a non-religious therapist to not impose his own value system on the patient? Isn’t it possible that a therapist who is not intimately involved with the Orthodox lifestyle may misinterpret an Orthodox person’s behavior?…

Jewish Pastoral Counseling: Recent Books

by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on November 7, 2016

To read a review by Dr. Michelle Friedman, click here.…

“This isn’t what anyone expected….”

by Dr. 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.…

When Doubt Enters the Room

by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on November 7, 2016

Jeremy graduates from public high school after attending the local community day school that ends at 8th grade.  He enters college at a large state university and takes a course in comparative religion. His roommate, Partha, is a smart, friendly young man from an Indian Hindu background.…

Mussar and Modernity: R. Yisrael Salanter’s Mussar Thought and His Response To Modernity

by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg
Posted on November 2, 2016

Rav Kook’s Critique of the Mussar Movement

by Rabbi Yitzchak Blau
Posted on November 2, 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.…

Rav Yaakov Emden’s Attitude Towards Haskalah and Towards “The Haskalah”

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot
Posted on November 1, 2016

The Will and the Way: Schopenhauer’s Challenge

by Rabbi David Chamudot
Posted on October 27, 2016

Sibling Rivalry: Moshe and Aaron, Competing Approaches To Theodicy

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Posted on October 27, 2016