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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Yemei Iyun 2023

When Do the Ends Justify the Means? (Audio Only)

by Dr. Elana Stein Hain

Dr. Elana Stein Hain from Shalom Hartman Institute explores the ethical and halachic considerations of whether ends justify means, using examples from Jewish texts to illustrate the spectrum of permissible actions to achieve noble goals and the moral implications of such decisions.…

From Zealot to Alte Zeyda: The Transformation of Eliyahu (Audio Only)

by Dr. Deena Rabinovich

Dr. Deena Rabinovich from Yeshiva University explores the transformation of Eliyahu Hanavi from a zealous and strict prophet in the Tanakh to a more approachable and compassionate figure in the Midrashim, examining his origins, character evolution, and his significant impact in Jewish tradition.…

Is it Wrong to be Ethical? Leibowitz, Levinas, and Soloveitchik on the Place of Morality in Religion (Audio Only)

by Dr. Daniel Rynhold

Dr. Daniel Rynhold from Yeshiva University delves into the intricate relationship between ethics and religion, exploring whether being ethical is inherently wrong from a religious standpoint by contrasting the views of Leibovitz with those of Levinas and Soloveitchik.…

The Transition from “Nevuah” to “Hokhmah” in Light of the Prophecies of Zeharya HaNavi

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag from Yeshivat Har Etzion discusses the transition from prophecy to wisdom during the Second Temple period, emphasizing the debate on whether to continue fasting on Tisha B’Av and God’s response through Zeharya.…

Daughters of the Israelite Revolution: Women Thought Leaders in the Exodus Story

by Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner from Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies explores the concept of imposter syndrome and its implications for personal and national identity, tracing its relevance from the daughters of Egypt to the daughters of Zelophehad.…

Do Children Suffer for the Sins of their Parents?

by Rabbi Yitzchak Blau

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau from Yeshivat Orayta explores the tension between collective punishment and individual responsibility, examining biblical, philosophical, and Kabbalistic perspectives on whether children suffer for their parents’ sins.…

Returning to Gan Eden: In Search of the Torah’s Genetic Code (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Dovi Nadel

Rabbi Dovi Nadel from SAR High School/National Bible Contest suggests the foundational stories in Bereishit, such as Gan Eden, Cain and Abel, and the Flood, serve as the genetic code for understanding the entire Torah, and demonstrates how these narratives are reflected in and inform the stories of Avraham and beyond.…

“You Shall Not Return to Egypt”: A Theological and Political Science Analysis

by Rabbi Zachary Truboff

Rabbi Zach Truboff from the International Beit Din delves into the prohibition against returning to Egypt, exploring its deeper significance beyond mere geography, and discusses the historical, ethical, and spiritual implications.…

“Gemara as Law”: The Genre Error That Drives Halakha to this Day (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox

Rabbi Jeff Fox from Yeshivat Maharat discusses how one should view Gemara and how it became the central text it is today. Is Gemara a law code or something else?…

The Biblical Ger: Is He a Jew or Gentile?

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag from Yeshivat Har Etzion explores the different interpretations and applications of the term “ger” (stranger or convert) in the Torah, highlighting its significance and implications for both Jewish law and communal responsibilities.…

“Rava’s Rule of Sevens: Analyzing Talmudic Literary Structure” (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier

Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier from Yeshiva University/Machon Siach delves into the structure and analysis of two complex sugyas in the Gemara, focusing on seven statements of Rava and their interpretations.…

The Unraveling of the Era of the Judges: Choosing Between Abraham and Lot

by Dr. Yael Ziegler

Dr. Yael Ziegler from Matan Institute explores the complexities and moral decline in Sefer Shoftim, focusing on the stories of Yiftach and the concubine from Giv’ah, which illustrate Israel’s departure from Avraham’s path.…