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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Yom Kippur

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.…

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.…

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.…

“Where Baalei Teshuva Stand, the Utterly Righteous Cannot Stand”: An Aggadic Reflection on Perfection and Patience

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on September 15, 2020

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The Dove That Did Not Take Flight: Peshat and Symbolism in the Book of Jonah

by Dr. Orit Avnery
Posted on September 15, 2020

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Why Is It So Hard To Forgive?

by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on September 15, 2020

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Unexpected Models of Teshuva in Tanach

by Nechama Price
Posted on September 14, 2020

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Have A Meaningful Fast? Re-Examining the Biblical Meaning of Fasting on Yom Kippur

by Rabbi Dovi Nadel
Posted on September 14, 2020

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

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

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on September 14, 2020

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The Value of Truth: Jonah b. Amittai, Les Miserables, and Kafka

by Shira Hecht-Koller
Posted on September 14, 2020

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Teshuva and Theories of Change

by Rabbanit Sara Wolkenfeld
Posted on September 11, 2020

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