Machshava

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The Meaning of the Seder Experience

by Rav Ezra Bick

The conglomerate we call the "seder" consists of a number of distinct mitzvot, joined together in a "seder," which means "order" - an organized structure. Understanding that structure is our goal...

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"Your Time for Love has Arrived" - A Literary Analysis of Shir HaShirim

by Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Before Pesach, we should try to gain a deeper understanding of the poetic style, language and form of this moving depiction of the love betwen God and His people, so as to appreciate the emotional development and dramatic flow... 

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JOIN US IN HONORING MOREINU VERABBEINU HARAV AHARON LICHTENSTEIN
THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT OF THE
ISRAEL PRIZE IN TORAH LITERATURE

AND IN HONOR OF HIS UPCOMING SEFER - MINCHAT AVIV

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 
(May 1st 2014)
@18:00
at the Yeshiva

with

Rav Re'em HaCohen
Prof. Yaakov Blidstein
Judge Neal Hendel
Prof. Aviad HaCohen
& Rabbanei HaYeshiva

 

DEAR ALUMNI -
TO ALLOW US TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR THIS EVENT,

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! 

OVER 550 TRULY ENJOYED
THIS WONDERFUL EVENT.

A WARM MAZAL TOV TO OUR HONOREES!

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We hope you able to join 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.

Rabbi Mirvis-webChief 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.  

And For our Alumni Who Couldn't Get out of Chicago...

YHE and Congregation Or Torah
hosted a shiur with

Rav Moshe Taragin

"Ten Makkot: Plagues or Lessons"

at the home of
Lynn and Irv Shapiro
Tuesday, April 1st @8:30pm
8852 Lowell in Skokie

Thank you Rav Taragin!

 

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This is the design the talmidim developed and created for the back of the hoodies they will bring to Poland. It is the "Alon Shevut" – The Lone Tree, symbol of hope, renewal and continuity, sitting on a "Ner Neshama." 
May the talmidim and staff merit to have a meaningful trip. 



Moreinu VeRabeinu Harav Aharon Lichtenstein:
An Anglo with Extraordinary Impact on Israeli Society


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Moreinu VeRabeinu Harav Aharon Lichtenstein 
will receive the Israel Prize for Jewish Religious Literature
on Yom Ha'atzmaut!

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Yeshivat Har Etzion is proud and honored that the Torah teachings produced by Rav Lichtenstein, now being acknowledged and valued by the State of Israel, originated in classes delivered in the yeshiva, and were subsequently published by the yeshiva. No one appreciates his unique contribution to the Torah world and to current Torah literature more than us.
In addition to the joy of Rav Aharon, his family, and his students, at the recognition of his achievements, we believe there is great importance to the fact that the State of Israel acknowledges Torah literature as a significant cultural and spiritual asset, and the yeshiva is delighted to have taken part in that accomplishment.
We warmly congratulate Rav Lichtenstein for this great honor, and wish him good health and many years of continued impact on the world of Torah and education.
With great joy, excitement, and appreciation,
Yeshivat Har Etzion

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!

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It is good to give thanks
to the Lord
and to sing praise
to Thy Name...


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 more pictures.

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.

 

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WELCOME MTA 2014!
OUR TALMIDIM FROM S. AFRICA AND AUSTRALIA HAVE ARRIVED.
MAY THEY HAVE A WONDERFUL YEAR... 


Hope you joined us!


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gave shiur at the home of
Raphi '93 and Yonit Schorr
125 Tappan Street, Brookline, MA
Monday January 27th, at 8pm.
The Halachic Snow Man 


Rav Mordechai spent Shabbat at the University of Pennsylvania
Shabbat Parashat Terumah
January 31st and Feb 1st
ALL alumni were welcome to join.
For the complete Shabbaton schedule, click here.

 

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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!

 

WISHING A TZETCHEM LESHALOM TO OUR TALMIDIM
FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND AUSTRALIA

LEHITRA'OT MTA 2013

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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!



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Studying the Legacy of Rishon LeTzion Harav Ovadya Yosef zt"l

December 4th-5th (1-2 Tevet). Shiurim with Rosh Hayeshiva Harav Yaakov Medan, Rosh Hayeshiva Harav Baruch Gigi, Rosh Hayeshiva Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein, Rishon LeTzion Harav HaRashi Harav Yitzchak Yosef, Rishon LeTzion Harav Shlomo Moshe Amar, Rav Binyamin Lau, Rav Shlomo Levi, Rav Daniel Gudis HaLevi, Dr. Moshe Halperin, Dr. Nissim Leon, Rav Yaakov Tzikotai, Rav Shmuel David, Rav Yoel Bin Nun and Rav Zeev Weitman. For details, click here. 
                    To see pictures of the event    To hear recordings     


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;

 AND, there were even fellowships available from CTL!
(The Yeshivat Har Etzion Center for Torah Leadership).
 
It was so good seeing you here,
Rav Doniel Schreiber, Dean and Founder, CTL
Eli Weber, Director, Overseas Program
 
Click here for more information.

CONNECTING TO TANAKH: 
INTELLECTUALLY AND SPIRITUALLY

Thousands attended the annual Herzog College's Tanakh Study Days held at the yeshiva this week. The conference lasted all week long and included dozens of lectures, which are given simultaneously in seven classrooms from morning to late afternoon by a wide variety of academics and rabbis.

Arutz Sheva interviewed Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein, to hear his thoughts on the Conference:

 

 


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%...
 

disabled iconAn 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

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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 perspective you get from them is unique," says Shana Bet talmid Dovi. "In fact,  it puts in perspective why you are learning at all."
 From Vilna to Har Etzion

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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

 
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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."
What's Happening - Complete Archive
 
 
News

NEW BOOK ON OUR BOOKSHELF!
AND JUST IN TIME FOR PESACH!

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This is the fifth volume
of the Be'er Miryam Series for the Chagim.


FOR MORE INFORMATION...


Yeshiva's Talmidim in Krakow Nissan 5774:

 


NEW BOOK BY HAR ETZION RABBIS

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This is the fourth volume of the five volume series on the Torah, presenting a selection of shiurim given on the parasha by different lecturers, all of whom are connected in one way or another with Yeshivat Har Etzion.

TO READ THE TABLE OF CONTENTS
Discounted price available
to Friends of the Yeshiva


NEW BOOK BY RAV EZRA BICK

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The Shemona Esrei is one of the basic texts of Chazal relating to all aspects of the life of a Jew. An extensive analysis of each of the blessings discloses the principles of Jewish thought embedded in the text and leads to a deeper understanding of prayer and of Jewish values in general.

TO READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER
Discounted price available through
 the yeshiva office


NEW BOOK BY RAV AMNON BAZAK
The Second in a Series on Sefer Shemuel

  
Discounted price available through
 the yeshiva office


CALENDAR OF EVENTS


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Ostensibly, the world could exist even without snow. Rainfall would suffice to water the soil, for trees, flowers, vegetables and fruits to grow. But if the world did not have snow, to what else could a person compare the natural human desire for purity, cleanliness, repair and repentance? Does the world have a more appropriate image than "Purify me with a hyssop, and I will become pure; wash me, and I will become whiter than snow"? Is there a greater promise than "If your sins prove to be like crimson, they will become white as snow"? It is good that in God's world, especially in the wonderfully temperate climate of Israel, we occasionally are granted a phenomenon whose single value is pure beauty and its impact on the heart and soul of man.
[Thanks to Rav Amnon Bazak. 9Tevet5774] Click here for more pictures!


HAR ETZION IN RA'ANANA

Dr. Yael Ziegler
gave a shiur in English

Yetziat Mitzrayim: Paradise Lost
at Kehillat Shivtei Yisrael, Ra'anana

Monday March 31st @8:30pm.


 2 NEW BOOKS!

  

Et Ratzon by Harav Yehuda Amtal zt"l
Be'er Miryam - Yom HaKippurim

Read a review by Prof. Alan Jotkowitz:
A Rabbi Speaks to a New Generation

See www.etzion.haretzion.org for details.


YEMEI IYUN BE-TANAKH

Couldn't join us this past summer!
Try again for Tammuz 5774!
Sun July 27th thru Thursday July 31st 2014
Registration will begin after Shavuot,
don't miss out!!

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
congratulates Herzog College
for their 20 years of Yemei Iyun
and speaks of his special connection to Tanakh
(english translation)  

Videos of past summers' shiurim
 
available on Ynet 

A sample of English shiurim - audio files


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SUMMER 5773/2013


PAGES OF FAITH
Exploring the Thought of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein 


NEW BOOK BY RAV DANI WOLF!

 For more information...


 

New Books by Har Etzion!!

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Esther: Scroll of Secrets - by Rav Yonatan Grossman
I Shmuel: A King in Israel - by Rav Amnon Bazak

Available through the Yeshiva Office


Book Launches
in Ra'anana and Jerusalem!


                

We have created a youtube playlist of Nigunei
Yeshivat Har Etzion for the Yamim Noraim.

ברון יחד - נגוני ישיבת הר עציון


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Exciting Program at Migdal Oz
High Level Gemara and Halakha Study


   

Harav Amital's talmidim continue
to tell the story...


LEARN MORE ABOUT
THE URIEL LIVERANT Z"L LEARNING PROJECT


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In Tribute to Harav Aharon Lichtenstein


NEW BOOK IN HEBREW

SICHOT WITH HARAV AHARON LICHTENSTEIN

by Rav Chaim Sabato

מבקשי פניך

For more information


In Memory of Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l
(movie prepared by Har Etzion talmidim
Yehonatan Weinberger and Ehud Roth)

     


 לעבדך באמת

לדמותו ולדרכו של הרב יהודה עמיטל

Edited by Reuven Ziegler and Reuven Gafni
with nearly 70 articles 
about his multi-faceted personality

To read Table of Contents
To order from the USA


Listen to an Interview with Rav Reuven Ziegler
on 5 recent Har Etzion volumes
that should be on your bookshelf! 

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Audios of the Week  

By Rav Moshe Taragin

Lekh Lekha - The Unknown 
Why does HKBH conceal the identity of Israel from Avraham? 

Noach - The Birds, The Birds!
The Critique of the Raven
and the Lesson of the Dove

Bereishit and Slobodka
How do Midrashim in Bereishit Highlight the Mussar of the "Altar" of Slobodka?