Torah for its Own Sake
by Rav Elyakim Krumbein
Rav Kook was asked by an educator from Manchester how to inculcate fear of God in his students...
"And He Found Mandrakes in the Field"
by Rav Yonatan Grossman
It is not some miracle fertility drug that solves the family's problems, but rather the prayer that is heard by the Creator.
Yehi Zichram Baruch.
In light of the terrorist attack this past week in a 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."
The British Friends of Yeshivat Har Etzion presents
An Evening of Recognition for Rav Mordechai Friedman
in the presence of
Rosh Hayeshiva HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein
Motzaei Shabbat 29th November 2014 at 7.30pm
with Guest Speaker - Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz
(Rabbi of Borehamwood US and Gush Alumnus 1993)
Dinner and Learn
with Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
In the honor and merit of Ilan Rasooly z"l, Rabbi Menachem Leibtag spoke on "Be Fruitful & Multiply - A 'commandment' or a 'blessing'?" The lecture took place on Sunday, November 9 at the Harvard Hillel.
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, an internationally acclaimed bible scholar and pioneer of Jewish Education on the Internet, is well known in the Jewish community for his essays on the weekly Bible portion. His vibrant thematic-analytical approach blends the methods of modern academic scholarship with traditional Jewish approaches to the Biblical text.
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.
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...]
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.
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