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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Sefer Breishit

The Creation of the World and the Status of the Human Being (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on July 20, 2020

Androgynous Myth The Creation of Adam and Eve in Peshat and the Midrashic Tradition

by Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky
Posted on July 19, 2020

The Mitzvah to Plan for the Future

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 8, 2020

  What does the Torah have to say about a person making concrete plans for the eventuality of her death? Is it appropriate to sign a health care proxy or to make out a will? There is no better example than our patriarch, Jacob.…

Where Does Ma’aser Kesafim Come From, and What Can it Be Used For?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 26, 2019

Can I use my ma’aser kesafim, tithes from my income, to contribute to my synagogue’s building campaign, and can I use it to pay my shul’s membership dues? The idea of tithing is alluded to in this week’s parasha.  We are told that Yitzchak, “Sowed in that land and received in that year a hundredfold, and God blessed him” (Gen.…

Fate and Freedom: Contrasting Perspectives on the Slavery in Egypt

by Rabbi Dr. David Shatz
Posted on April 17, 2019

Angels and Demons: The Akedah, the Exodus, and a Pre-Rabbinic Midrash

by Rabbi Dr. Stuart Halpern
Posted on April 17, 2019

When and Why God Speaks to Himself in Sefer Breishit, and Why He Stops

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Posted on April 17, 2019

Between the Cry of Pilegesh BeGivah and the Whispers of Ruth in the Field (Hebrew)

by Dr. Orit Avnery
Posted on April 17, 2019

Shomrim in Everyday Life: Reading Law Through Narrative

by Dr. Yael Landman Wermuth
Posted on April 17, 2019

Two Mothers, Two Dynasties, and One Nation: Leah and Rahel (Hebrew)

by Dr. Orit Avnery
Posted on April 3, 2019

A Sojourner or a Resident?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 1, 2018

Ger vi’toshav anokhi imakhem, “A sojourner and a resident am I in your midst” (Gen. 23:4).  Avraham’s description of his status in the land of Canaan – as both someone living among the inhabitants of the land, and yet not fully one of them – powerfully captures the experience of immigrants in general, and that of Jews in America starting from the first wave of major immigration in 19th century, in particular. …

Should a Father Personally Circumcise His Son? – The Mitzvot of Bris and Milah

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 17, 2018

QUESTION: I am the father of a newborn beautiful baby boy.  The bris is coming up in a few days.  Since I have a mitzvah to give my son a bris, and the mohel is just an agent, is it better that I do the bris myself (after the mohel sets everything up, of course)?…