Needy and Destitute We Knock at Your Door
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l
Needy and destitute, we approach God. We must make every effort to bring some merit with us. Each one of us must come with the sense of spiritual poverty, and accept upon himself to be better.
Torah and Song, Heaven and Earth
by Rav Amnon Bazak
The first two witnesses – the Torah and the song – represent the contract between God and Am Yisrael. But the latter two – the heavens and the earth – express the way of the world...
|Board Chairman Rav Shlomo Brin||Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Yaakov Medan||Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Baruch Gigi||Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein||Rosh Midrasha Rabbanit Esti Rozenberg|
|Hebrew 12:59||Hebrew 05:57||Hebrew 12:45||English 16:14||Hebrew 04:52|
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These words of Torah are dedicated in memory of
our beloved parents, grandparents and great grandparents
Abraham Gontownik z"l
whose 15th Yahrzeit will be observed on the 29th day of Kislev and
Zina Gontownik z"l
whose 8th Yahrzeit will be observed on the 28th day of Elul.
The Gontownik Family
May we merit a good year.
Welcome to Har Etzion Elul 5774
Our thanks to the Maccabeats for the inspiration and music!
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...]
And on the home front...
We take this opportunity to thank the yeshiva management and maintenance personnel who have gone out of their way to welcome these families. And are proud to note the remarkable volunteering by our Alon Shevut youth who give of their time and energy to entertain the youngsters!! Tizku lemitzvot!!
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.
OVER 550 TRULY ENJOYED
THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL HAR ETZION DINNER Honoring David and Dassie Schreiber
Rella Feldman and Mindy Hecht '04MO
Rav Mordechai '79 and Debby Friedman
We hope you joined us for the One-day Conference
for Har Etzion and Migdal Oz Alumni in the Rabbinate and Chinuch
leading up to the Etzion Foundation's annual Dinner
that evening at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis '76 accepted our invitation to speak at this year's conference on his first trip to America since being appointed the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Additionally, we were joined by several members of the faculties of both Har Etzion and Migdal Oz.
This year's conference provided our alumni as well as their wives valuable opportunities for learning, networking and connecting. This year's conference was once more generously sponsored by CTL (The Yeshivat Har Etzion Center for Torah Leadership) and was free of charge.
To see the schedule, please click here.
B"H the talmidim and staff merited a meaningful trip.
Overseas Alumni Return to the Yeshiva
Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel - February 14-15
40 overseas alumni, who learned at the yeshiva between 1972 and 1983, returned with their families to spend Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel at the yeshiva! Many of the current Ramim, in fact alumni themselves, were present. The alumni report a good atmosphere, and a Shabbat full of content, but the crowning moment was certainly the impromptu meeting with Rosh Yeshiva Harav Aharon Lichtenstein, who B"H joined them for davening on Shabbat morning, followed by Kiddush. Ashreinu that we merited!
It is good to give thanks
to the Lord
and to sing praise
to Thy Name...
To see more pictures.
Rosh Hayeshiva Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (Rav Aharon ben Bluma) returned to the beit midrash this morning, February 10th, having been released from the hospital last week, and with his condition much improved. We continue to look forward to his complete recovery.
To see a video of the event
To hear Rav Aharon
addressing the talmidim
The talmidim greeted the rosh yeshiva with song and dance and the reading of Tehillim perakim 103 and 30. Due to the private nature of Tehillim, that part of the morning was not filmed.
More on Rav Lichtenstein's condition.
The Yeshiva is absolutely delighted to have hosted MTA alumni
(bogrim from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand) on Shabbat Parshat Yitro.
Beruchim HaShavim - thank you so much for coming home!
THANK YOU HARAV MOSHEH, ELI WEBER AND RABBI RHEIN.
AND TO OUR WONDERFUL BOGRIM WHO JOINED,
Shabbat Parshat Shemot at Congregation Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, NJ
WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS AS MUCH AS WE DID!
Winter Break in Yeshiva!
Every year we are pleased to welcome back a significant number of bogrim who choose to spend their winter break in Yeshiva. This year we very excitedly put together a program specifically catering
to visiting bogrim who are currently in college;
Rav Doniel Schreiber, Dean and Founder, CTL
Eli Weber, Director, Overseas Program
LOCAL GUSH ETZION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CELEBRATES 40TH YEAR
AND RENAMES ITS UPPER BOYS DIVISION
IN MEMORY OF HARAV YEHUDA AMITAL ZT"L
For more on this story...
Our Talmid Daniel Shibley
reflects on his year in The Gush!
While Har Etzion is known for its devotion to the intellectually rigorous study of Torah, it does not receive enough recognition for the significance of side streaming with Yeshivat Darkaynu (English speaking special needs program).... These fabulous young men live among and learn with us, sharing meals, holidays, and goofy yeshiva moments, we are better for their presence and hopefully they are better for ours....read more here!
Proud to be part of the 20%...
An investigative report by Kipa News found that only 20% of religious zionist Yeshivot are handicapped accessible. This is our opportunity to thank our alumni and friends who made sure that Yeshivat Har Etzion would B'H be part of the 20%!
We are happy to announce on this - The International Disabled Persons Day - December 3rd - that we are a 100% handicapped accessible Yeshiva.
Here is a link to the report: https://www.kipa.co.il/family/49951.html
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