Historical Uniqueness and Daily Service
by Harav Aharon Lichtenstein
In order to better understand the nature of Chanuka, let us examine the original “Chanuka” – the dedication of the Mishkan in the desert.
"There is None So Wise and Knowing as You"
by Rav Amnon Bazak
The ability to interpret dreams arises from the wisdom that God grants those who fear Him. A dream has no meaning if the person has no way of understanding it. A person is required to activate all of his powers, and with the help of heaven he will merit to land upon the correct meaning of his dream.
WE HAD A SPECIAL 2 DAY PROGRAM OF STUDY
Chanuka 5775, Wednesday and Thursday - AUDIOS COMING SOON
Al Gerei HaTzedek veAleinu:
Conversion in our Times
The Riva Koschitzky z"l Torah Enrichment Program
For the full program, click here.
Recent Shiurim in USA
with Rosh Hayeshiva
Harav Baruch Gigi and Rabbi Rhein
IN THE USA!
Community Shiur in Southfield, Michigan, Monday December 8th at the Young Israel. Click here for details.
Chanuka shiur in Silver Spring, MD
Tuesday December 9th at the Mayberg Family Conf Space
Click here for details.
Pizza and Learn with Rav Gigi and Rav Rhein
at the Univ of MD, Email for details.
Catch them at the Berkowitz Lounge of the Penn Hillel!
Wednesday afternoon 2:15-3:15. Email for details.
Lunch and Learn
at the new offices of Meir Nordlicht '86, Manhattan, NY
Thursday December 11th
Click here for details
The British Friends of Yeshivat Har Etzion enjoys
an outstanding shabbat (Parshat Vayetze)
with Rav Mordechai and Harav Mosheh
1 university campus, 2 batei medrash, 6 shuls, 9 minyanim, 18 separate events, at least 700 unique participations and well over 1000 participations in total!
And thank you Rav Mordechai
for accepting this well-deserved honor.
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein addressing the Cambridge University Jewish Society (Nov 2014)
The Rosh Yeshiva spoke on the topic of: "Compromise, Cooperation and Conflict -
The Role of Religion and Interfaith Relationships in the Middle East Conflict"
Yehi Zichram Baruch.
In light of the recent terrorist attack in a Jerusalem synagogue which killed 4, including Rabbi Moshe Twersky HY"D, grandson of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Rav Amnon Bazak pointed out the utterly tragic yet painfully relevant passage in Rabbi Soloveitchik's "Kol Dodi Dofek - Listen, My Beloved Knocks" (1956). In this passage, Rabbi Soloveitchik is explaining the 6 "knocks" (blessings) granted to us by God through the State of Israel. The fifth "knock" includes the following passage:
"The fifth knock of the Beloved is perhaps the most important. For the first time in the annals of exile, Divine Providence has amazed our enemies with the astounding discovery that Jewish blood is not cheap!... God did not seek honor and recognition. He wanted Pharoah, Moses' contemporary, to know that he must pay a high price for his edict that "Every male child born shall be cast into the river" (Exodus 1:22), His present desire is that the blood of Jewish children who were slain as they ** recited the eighteen benedictions of the daily [Amidah] prayer ** shall also be avenged. When God smote the Egyptians, He sought to demonstrate that there will always be accountability for the spilling of Jewish blood."
Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Yaacov Medan visiting Gush Isuf Kravi soldiers.
The Combat Intelligence Collection Corps is the newest of the IDF GOC Army Headquarters' five corps. They are tasked with collecting combat intelligence and maintaining observation networks.
Army visits need to be coordinated through IDF command. When the commanding officer received a request for a visit from HaRav Medan, he asked that the Rosh Yeshiva speak with the entire battalion!
Every year, we are pleased to welcome back a significant number of alumni who choose to spend their winter break in Yeshiva. Last year, we piloted a program specifically catering for visiting alumni who are currently in College, with fellowships provided by CTL (The Yeshivat Har Etzion Center for Torah Leadership) and are excited to inform you that the program and fellowships will once again be on offer this year.
For more information, click here today. The deadline is fast approaching!
Looking forward to seeing you,
Rabbi Eli Weber, Director of Overseas Program
Danny Mirvis, Director of CTL
THE GREATEST TORAH IS THAT
WHICH IS CONNECTED TO REALITY
- Rav Jonathan Ziring, a member of the Kollel Gavoah
When studying Talmud, it’s easy to be desensitized to the real-life implications of even the most sensitive issues — rape, for example.
So, as we at Yeshivat Har Etzion study the third chapter of the Talmudic tractate Ketubot, a chapter devoted to the crimes of rape and seduction, it’s easy to forget (especially when using the Hebrew terms) that “ones u-mefateh” are not just legal categories, but traumatic events that affect real people.
To combat that, my yeshiva arranged two presentations to ensure that I and the other students fully grasp what’s at stake in discussions of rape and sexual assault.
ANNOUNCING A NEW HAR ETZION INITIATIVE:
Yeshivat Har Etzion is proud to announce Gush Remote, a new long-distance chavruta service, in which you can learn in chutz la’aretz with a Gush Kollel fellow via Skype, PolyCom, or Google Chat.
This will be a great way to continue or refresh your relationship to the yeshiva while tapping into the tremendous resource that is the Yeshivat Har Etzion Kollel.
This is an opportunity to have a high-level chavruta to tackle some iyun or bekiut learning, or to learn an obscure masekhet that you always wanted to learn but couldn’t find an appropriate chavruta. You can also learn an area of Tanakh, halakha, or machshava that you want to delve into with a chavruta.
This is your chance to have a consistent chavruta before work, during your lunch break, or on weekends.
Chavrutot can be in English or Hebrew. There is also the availability for women in chutz la’aretz to learn with the women in the Migdal Oz advanced Talmud study program.
Contact Yonatan Shai Freedman at YFreedman@etzion.org.il to arrange the logistics of your chavruta and to find you an appropriate chavruta for your schedule and what you want to learn.
We are happy to make available to you
a sample of shiurim given in English
in this past summer's Herzog CollegeTanakh Study Days.
These shiurim have been dedicated
in memory of Mr. Abe M. Shamah z"l,
a man who lived by the principle of Torah im Derekh Eretz,
a successful businessman who always made time to learn Torah,
by Steven and Naomi Esses and family.
CONNECTING TO TANAKH:
INTELLECTUALLY AND SPIRITUALLY
Thousands once again attended the annual Herzog College's Tanakh Study Days held at the yeshiva in the summer. The conference spanned across five full days and included dozens of lectures, given simultaneously from morning to late afternoon by a wide variety of academics and rabbis, including a choice of 10 lectures in English.
Arutz Sheva interviewed Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein and alumnus Rav Yuval Cherlo, to hear their thoughts on the Conference, in light of the situation [to read more...]
THE TORAH MIETZION SERIES IS NOW COMPLETE!!
Click here to see Table of Contents and additional details.
The latest volume - Bemidbar - is now available for purchase in the United States.
Bereishit, Shemot, Vayikra, and Devarim - available in Israel, Bemidbar coming soon!
Listen to an interview with Rav Reuven Ziegler on the Nachum Segal Network
about Harav Aharon Lichtenstein, his contribution to Torah literature, the Israel Prize, and the importance of the just-completed Torah MiEtzion series. ["By the Book" 05 06 2014]
ASHREI ADAM OZ LO BAKH
FORTUNATE THE PERSON WHO FINDS STRENGTH THROUGH YOU
THE ISRAEL PRIZE CEREMONY
(which took place on Yom HaAtzmaut in Jerusalem)
can be viewed @
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PoGb0q-7tQ (awarding Harav Lichtenstein)
Talmud Scholar Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein wins Israel Prize
by Professor Alan Jotkowitz '82
Who Is Aharon Lichtenstein? Introducing the extraordinary rabbi who next week will receive Israel’s highest honor
by Elli Fischer '99
HARAV AHARON LICHTENSTEIN
THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT OF THE
IN TORAH LITERATURE
AND AUTHOR OF MINCHAT AVIV
Rosh Chodesh Iyar (May 1st 2014) at the Yeshiva
with Rav Re'em HaCohen, Prof. Yaakov Blidstein,
Judge Neal Hendel, Prof. Aviad HaCohen
& Rabbanei HaYeshiva
with hundreds of alumni and friends attending.
To watch videos of the event, click here.
Here is the video screened in Rav Aharon's honor:
for investing countless hours in producing this video.
What opportunities are there for special-needs high school graduates who also want to have a year in Israel - and a fulfilling life after that?
Read about the remarkable Darkaynu program, whose male division takes place in Yeshivat Har Etzion.
The Vilna Gaon Exhibition at Yeshivat Har Etzion Library - Revelations of Eliyahu in Torah and Redemption This exhibit was made possible through the generous loan of many special items from the private collection of Mr. Yeshayahu Vinograd of Yerushalayim, to whom we are very grateful. The opening event, including both a tour of the exhibit by Head Librarian and Curator Aharon Bejell, as well as an Erev Iyun with three special lecturers, was well attended, with over 120 participants from the Gush Etzion area and beyond.
For the full story and links to recordings and video
What's Happening in Israel
Visits to Har Etzion by the most elite instructional institution in the IDF - The IDF Command and Staff College ("Pum") - seem to have become a tradition. Brigadier General Commander Noam Tivon explains why: "I consider Rav Medan a leader, an ideological leader, but also a leader who seeks ways to build bridges, and therefore it is so important to hear him."
Closing in on the end of the year...
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
פשטות מתחדשים בפרשיות השבוע - בראשית
Ed: Rav Ezra Bick