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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Sefer Shemot

Adoption and Birth in the Exodus Story

by Dean Rachel FriedmanPosted on October 26, 2016

Reexamining Makkat Bekhorot in Light of Makkat Hoshekh

by Rabbi Menachem LeibtagPosted on October 26, 2016

”Jordan’s River is Deep and Wide and I’ve Got a Home on the Other Side”: Yarden, Yam Suf and the Persistence of Memory – A Study of Yehoshua 3, Shemot 14 and Tehillim 114

by Rabbi Michael HattinPosted on October 21, 2016

The “Tentacles” of Sefer Shemot in Vayikra, Bamidbar, and Devarim

by Rabbi Menachem LeibtagPosted on October 21, 2016

What’s Wrong with a Corporeal God?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 9, 2016

The idea that plain matter can be imbued with divine essence is a fundamentally dangerous doctrine according to the Torah. It leads to the fallacy that matter, and particularly humans can speak with the divine voice. This is problematic both from a practical and a theological point of view.…

All that Glitters…

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 9, 2016

The building of the Mishkan naturally raises the question of why God needs all that gold and silver. What happened to מזבח אדמה תעשו לי? And if God doesn’t need it, is it to address a human need? And if that is true, why is there so little “splendor” in our בתי כנסת today?…

Whose Religion is this?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 9, 2016

It is a truism among us that keeping the Halakha is synonymous with doing God’s will. However, our sources provide a strong argument that this is not always the case. Some sources (like the Grand Inquisitor) suggest that God’s will should trump rabbinic authority.…

Jewish Blood Is Not Cheap

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

Although the Torah often points out the infinite value of every human life, this week’s parsha gives a clear message about the value of Jewish life. We are told that no one will be permitted to murder Jews with impunity. In the Shirat Hayam (Song at the Sea), Moshe (Moses) and the Jewish people use three expressions to describe the downfall of the Egyptians.…

A Message of Inclusiveness At The Foot of Mt. Sinai

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

  The Torah tells us that at the moment of revelation all the Jews at Sinai were able to see. (Exodus 20:15) Is it possible that of the several million there was not one single person who was blind? Here Rashi responds and states that in fact a miracle occurred.…

The Integral Connection Between Prayer and Action

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

The Talmud states that the source of prayer is the biblical phrase: “And you shall serve Him with all your heart.” (Deuteronomy 11:13) Service is usually associated with action. One can serve with his or her hands or feet but how does one serve with the heart?…

The Unique Character of the Holiness of Jerusalem

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

Parshat Terumah talks about the first synagogue of all time – the mishkan. Because the chasm between the finite human being and the infinite God is great, the mishkan was established so that there would be a tangible place where people could feel more intensely, more powerfully, the presence of God.…

In a Place Where There is No Humanity, Stand Tall and Assert Yours

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 21, 2016

After being raised in the Egyptian palace, Moshe (Moses) goes into the field and sees an Egyptian smiting a Jew. In the words of the Torah, “He looked this way and that way, and when he saw there was no man (ish) he smote the Egyptian” (Exodus 2:12).…