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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Rosh Hashana

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Listening to the Silence

In the Time of Coronavirus

Rosh HaShanah is referred to as a zikhron teruah, of remembrance of shofar blasts, and when it falls out on Shabbat, as it does this year, we only have the memory of the blasts, not the blasts themselves. On one level this is a loss: we will be denied the stirring, powerful sounds of the shofar.…

One for All and All for One? Individual and Communal Obligations of Shofar

Rav Mordechai Yehuda Leib Winkler (1845-1932, Hungary) was a student of the Ketav Sofer, the son of the Chatam Sofer and served as the Rabbi and Rosh HaYeshiva of Mád in Northern Hungary. His book of responsa, Levushe Mordechai, contains 1555 separate responsa addressed to 174 different locations (including 4 to the United States), testifying to his popularity and importance as a posek.…

Akedat-Yitzchak, the Sacrifice of Issac

The Binding of Isaac: Extremely Religious Without Religious Extremism

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel
Posted on September 15, 2020

Machzor, Rosh HaShanah

Yom (Zikhron)Teruah: A Lexical and Theological Investigation

by Rabbi Jon Kelsen
Posted on September 15, 2020

Two Paths

Free Will and Repentance in the Thought of Rav Zadok and Rav Hutner

by Rabbi Yitzchak Blau
Posted on September 15, 2020

A recording of this shiur is not available, but you can find the source sheet through this Sefaria link.…

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God’s Coronation: Unpacking Psalm 47: The Psalm Recited Before Shofar Blowing

by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
Posted on September 15, 2020

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

Unexpected Models of Teshuva in Tanach

by Nechama Price
Posted on September 14, 2020

To follow along with the shiur’s source sheet on Sefaria, please click here.…

Akeidat Yitzchak: What Was God Thinking?!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 14, 2020

To follow along with the shiur’s source sheet on Sefaria, please click here.…

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Teshuva and Yishuv Daat: The Transformative Possibilities of Elul

by Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib-Smokler
Posted on September 14, 2020

To follow along with the shiur’s source sheet on Sefaria, please click here.…

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A Time to Tear and a Time to Mend: Reimagining Teshuva in Light of Rabbinic Narratives

by Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz
Posted on September 14, 2020

A recording of this shiur is not available, but you can find the source sheet through this Sefaria link. …

Teshuvah, Yom Kippur Machzor, Ne'ilah

Teshuva and Theories of Change

by Rabbanit Sara Wolkenfeld
Posted on September 11, 2020

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A Striving Grounded in Reality

Rabbi Yitzhak Weiss hy”d was a highly-regard Hungarian rabbi before the Second World War. He served as the Rav of Odleburg and then of Verbo. In his time, he was well known for the breadth of his knowledge; his teacher, the Shevet Sofer, is said to have referred to him as “my very own bookcase.”…