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Geography in the Parsha Prof. Yoel Elitzur

Our return to sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael, along with modern archeological research, affords us fascinating new insights into parashat ha-shavua. This series, by an eminent scholar, shares these findings in a manner comprehensible to all.

Parasha and Mussar Rav Moshe Taragin
The Weekly Midrash (en) Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz

There are many collections of midrash, each with its own approach. This series will examine a different collection each week, focusing on a topic, derasha or string of derashot, with the aim of uncovering the uniqueness of each one.

The Weekly Mitzva (en) Rav Binyamin Tabory
Sichot Rashei HaYeshiva 5781 (en) Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva

(Wednesday) Yeshivat Har Etzion is headed by three Rashei Yeshiva: Harav Yaakov Medan, Harav Baruch Gigi and Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein. All three were distinguished students of the Founding Rashei Yeshiva Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l and Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l, who headed the yeshiva for roughly forty years and were privileged to appoint thousands of students, many of whom became educators, rabbis and even other Rashei Yeshiva. Here, we will release an address (sicha) by one of the Rashei Yeshiva about the week's parasha or current events.

Studies in Parashat HaShavua with Rav Itiel Gold (en) Rav Itiel Gold

(Tuesday) An analysis of the parasha, incorporating innovative approaches as well as traditional commentaries, with particular attention to literary aspects and their religious meaning. We welcome the addition of Rav Itiel Gold to the writing staff of Studies in Parashat HaShavua. 

KMTT - Parasha Tidbits Rav Dovid Gottlieb

The weekly parasha is a treasure trove of wonderful insights into life, existance, personal development and more. Come and explore the parasha's wisdom, as viewed through multiple lenses each week.

Torah of Rav Amital Rav Moshe Taragin
Ramban on the Torah (audio) Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Studies in Tanakh

Great Biblical Commentators (en)

This course examines the methodologies and contributions of major parshanim from late antiquity to the twentieth century, with special attention to Rashi, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra and Ramban.

History of the Divine Service (en) Rav Yitzchak Levy

The course examines the importance and role of the Temple in Tanakh, Halakha, Jewish philosophy, and history.

Jerusalem in the Bible (en)

The premise of this series is that places in the Land of Israel have a unique and significant spiritual character; The events that take place here, the tribal affiliation and so on - all express its special character and essence and form its character. This is said in relation to every place in the Land of Israel, all the more so in relation to Jerusalem, and the purpose of these shiurim is to reveal the spiritual nature and essence of Jerusalem as they arise throughout the generations. It is argued that Jerusalem unites within it two kingdoms: the kingdom of flesh and blood and the kingdom of God.

VBM Digest Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva

(Wednesday) VBM Digest, concise divrei Torah in a pdf format, prepared weekly by Rav Dov Karoll, for distribution in shuls. 

Tanakh Days 5778 (en) Alumni and Students

Neviim

Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

The flourishing of prophecy in the middle of the 7th century BCE produced four books of Tanakh: Yeshayahu, Mikha, Amos and Hoshea. This course will survey the period and the role of prophets against the background of geopolitical events of the era. Along with a general overview of the rhetoric of the nevi'im, we will study the prophecies of Hoshea and Amos, identifying their audiences and the temporal, as well as timeless, messages that their prophecies impart

Sefer Melakhim Aleph Rav Alex Israel

Melakhim Aleph takes us on a breathtaking journey: From King David to King Solomon and the building of the Temple, the revolution of Yerovam and the split of the kingdom, the kings of the South and the chaotic instability of the Northern Kingdom culminating in the evil regime of King Ahab and his wife Izevel. These shiurim aim to give shape to the characters, history, and religious messages of the prophetic books. They are best read alongside a reading of the chapters in the Tanakh.

Sefer Melakhim Bet Rav Alex Israel

As we open Melakhim Bet we meet the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as they are struggle against the powerful kingdom of Aram, and then the aggressive empires of Assyria and then Babylonia. These forces threaten the very existence of the Israelite state, as we read the tragic fall of Samaria and the northern kingdom, and some 135 years later, the fall of Jerusalem and the Temple's destruction. In this book we meet the powerful personalities of the prophets Eliyahu. Elisha and later, Yishayahu; kings such as Yehu, Uzziah, Hizkiyahu, Menashe and Yoshiyahu.

Sefer Shmuel Aleph (en) Rav Amnon Bazak
Sefer Shmuel Bet (en) Rav Amnon Bazak
Sefer Shoftim Rav Michael Hattin
Sefer Yehoshua Rav Michael Hattin
Shiurim in Sefer Yirmiyahu (en) Rav David Sabato

Using a variety of interpretive and literary tools, we will investigate Yirmehahu's prophecies of rebuke and consolation. Delivered during one of the most turbulent periods in Jewish history, these prophecies predicted the destruction of Yehuda and Jerusalem in a desperate attempt to prevent it. We will also examine the unique, tormented and tragic figure of Yirmeyahu.

Shiurim in the Haftara (en)

Through a literary and thematic analysis of the weekly haftora, highlighting its parallels and contrasts to the associated Torah reading, Rav Shaviv uncovers two layers of meaning - the prophet's message itself and its implicit commentary on the parasha.

The Eliyahu Narratives Rav Elchanan Samet
Themes and Ideas in the Haftora (en) Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein
Yechezkel - The Book of Ezekiel (en) Dr. Tova Ganzel

Yechezkel prophesied in exile before, during and after the destruction of the Temple. This course will employ techniques of literary analysis to illuminate the meaning of his prophecies, compare his prophecies to those of his contemporaries, and explore broad religious themes such as reward and punishment, Israel and Diaspora, and how to worship God.

Hoshea and Amos: The Strained Bonds of Divine Love Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

(Monday) The geopolitical and religious developments in the shadow of the threat of Assyrian conquest in the middle of the 8th century BCE spurred an unprecedented literary output from Judean prophets which led to four books of Tanakh: Yeshayahu, Micha, Amos and Hoshea. This course will survey the period and the role of prophets against the background of geopolitical events of the era. Along with a general overview of the rhetoric of the nevi'im, we will study the prophecies of Hoshea and Amos, identifying their audiences and the temporal, as well as timeless, messages that their prophecies impart. Last year we finished our examination of Amos, and this year we will cover the entire book of Hoshea. 

Ketuvim

Eikha - The Book of Lamentations Dr. Yael Ziegler

This series offers a close reading of the book of Eikha within its biblical-historical context. We will discuss the connections between Eikha and other biblical books, examining the major themes associated with the destruction of Jerusalem, such as Israel's sinfulness and human suffering. We will also observe the manner in which Eikha masterfully deploys poetic language to craft an exquisite composition of grief-stricken emotions and profound theological meaning. 

Megillat Esther (en) Prof. Yonatan Grossman
Megillat Ruth Dr. Yael Ziegler
Shir HaShirim Rav Tzvi Sinensky

This series will offer an overview of the classic perspectives on this exquisite yet mystifying work, while attempting to set forward a novel reading of the megilla as a whole.

Shivat Tzion Rav Tzvi Sinensky

The era of the return to Zion after the Babylonian exile plays out the drama of the Jewish community’s transition to a post-prophetic existence. This series will review the major works written during this period: Ezra-Nechemia, Chagai, Zekharia and Malakhi.

Studies in Sefer Tehillim 1 (en) Rav Elchanan Samet

The psalms are heartfelt poems of longing for a connection to God, and therefore they serve as the basis of our prayers. This series will study a number of mizmorim, utilizing tools of linguistic and poetic analysis and traditional commentaries, from medieval times until our own.

Studies in Sefer Tehillim 2 (en) Rav Elchanan Samet

The psalms are heartfelt poems of longing for a connection to God, and therefore they serve as the basis of our prayers. This series will study a number of mizmorim, utilizing tools of linguistic and poetic analysis and traditional commentaries, from medieval times until our own.

Tehillim - Introduction Rav Avi Baumol

This series is an attempt to synthesize, perhaps harmonize, the temporal feelings of the great King of Israel (and the other psalmists) with the eternal emotional outpouring of each individual as he or she recites the specific psalm. Through a brief analysis of the themes, and a development of the motif in the prayer, we will aim to analyze an entire mizmor, or psalm, in each installment.

KMTT - Megillat Eikha with Dr. Yael Ziegler Dr. Yael Ziegler

(Sun, Wed, Fri, Summer) Megillat Eikha is a powerful sefer that deals with dread and destruction; however, it is filled with much beauty both in its message and literary styles. Beginning June 30th, this series will be sent 3 times a week for the duration of The Three Weeks.

KMTT - Megillat Ruth with Dr. Yael Ziegler Dr. Yael Ziegler

Explore the Megilla of Ruth in a deeper way then ever before. Dr. Yael Ziegler gives us a glimpse into the main themes of the Megilla.

KMTT - Mishlei Rav Shlomo Dov Rosen

Discover what wisdom really means, and what one needs to do to become wise, in a series on Mishlei by Rav Shlomo Rosen.

Talmud

Series for Testing Rav Yaacov Steinman

Intended for office personnel only. Thank you.

Seder Zeraim

Iyun in Berakhot Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own.  This sidra - on Berakhot - allows, in essence, every Jew in the world to join a beit midrash, and receive a weekly gemara study lesson at home. It is intended for yeshiva graduates, chevrutot and anyone who wants to enrich his study of the gemara by an in-depth iyuni shiur. The lessons are based upon advanced preparation of sources (source sheets are included). 

Seder Moed

Introduction to the Study of Talmud - Arvei Pesachim Alumni and Students

A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara Arvei Pesachim, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. The shiurim were written by Rav Ezra Bick.

Introduction to the Study of Talmud - Megilla Alumni and Students

A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara Megilla, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. The shiurim were written by Rav Ezra Bick and Rav Michael Siev.

Introduction to the Study of Talmud - Sukka Alumni and Students

A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara Sukka, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. The shiurim were written by Rav Michael Siev, with an introduction by Rav Ezra Bick.

Iyun in Arvei Pesachim Alumni and Students

This sidra - on Arvei Pesachim - allows, in essence, every Jew in the world to join a beit midrash, and receive a weekly gemara study lesson at home. It is intended for yeshiva graduates, chevrutot and anyone who wants to enrich his study of the gemara by an in-depth iyuni shiur. The lessons are based upon advanced preparation of sources (source sheets are included). 

Iyun in Pesachim Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. In this series, we begin our learning with the first perek of Pesachim.

Iyun in Shabbat Alumni and Students

An analysis of some of the major issues in Gemara Shabbat, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. (For additional shiurim in this massekhet, see the series entitled Talmudic Methodology - Shabbat.)

Iyun in Sukka Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in Massekhet Sukka, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. 

Talmudic Methodology - Beitza Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Megilla Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Shabbat Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Sukka Rav Moshe Taragin

(Mon, Wed, Summer) A shiur using different talmudic topics to illustrate the nature of rabbinic legal thinking, emphasizing the analytic methods practiced in modern Yeshivot. This sidra, set to accompany the Daf Yomi learning of Massekhet Sukka, will be mailed bi-weekly, Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning the last week of Tammuz, running through Elul.
 

Talmudic Methodology - Taanit Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Yoma Rav Moshe Taragin
Daf Yomi Pesachim with Rav Yitzchak Etshalom (audio) Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Podcasts by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom along with helpful outlines guiding your study. The podcasts are comprehensive while being short (average time about 20 minutes) and focus on understanding the words of the text, the concepts underlying the legal matter under discussion and the methodology of Talmudic reasoning.

Daf Yomi Shekalim (audio) Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Seder Nashim

Introduction to the Study of Talmud - Kiddushin Asara Yochsin Alumni and Students

A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara Asara Yochsin, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. The shiurim were written by Rav Michael Siev.

Introduction to the Study of Talmud - Kiddushin Ha-Omer Alumni and Students

A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara HaOmeir, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. The shiurim were written by Rav Michael Siev.

Iyun in Gittin Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own.  This sidra - on Gittin - allows, in essence, every Jew in the world to join a beit midrash, and receive a weekly gemara study lesson at home. It is intended for yeshiva graduates, chevrutot and anyone who wants to enrich his study of the gemara by an in-depth iyuni shiur. The lessons are based upon advanced preparation of sources (source sheets are included). 

Iyun in Ketubot Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. This sidra - on Ketubot - allows, in essence, every Jew in the world to join a beit midrash, and receive a weekly gemara study lesson at home. It is intended for yeshiva graduates, chevrutot and anyone who wants to enrich his study of the gemara by an in-depth iyuni shiur. The lessons are based upon advanced preparation of sources (source sheets are included).

Iyun in Kiddushin Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva

(Thursday) An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. This series, we will focus our learning on the first perek of Kiddushin. 

Iyun in Sota Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in Gemara Sota, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. 

Iyun in Sota - Eilu Neemarim Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the the seventh chapter - "Eilu Ne'emarim" - of Massekhet Sota, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. 

 

Talmudic Methodology - Gittin Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Ketubot Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Yevamot Rav Moshe Taragin

Seder Nezikin

Introduction to the Study of Talmud - Bava Metzia Elu Metziot Alumni and Students

A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara Elu Metziot, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. The shiurim were written by Rav Joshua Amaru.

Iyun in Bava Kamma - Arba Avot Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. 

Iyun in Bava Kamma - HaChovel Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. 

Iyun in Bava Kamma - HaKoness Alumni and Students

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. 

Iyun in Shevuot Rav Shmuel Shimoni

An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. This sidra - on Shevuot - allows, in essence, every Jew in the world to join a beit midrash, and receive a weekly gemara study lesson at home. It is intended for yeshiva graduates, chevrutot and anyone who wants to enrich his study of the gemara by an in-depth iyuni shiur. The lessons are based upon advanced preparation of sources (source sheets are included).

Talmudic Methodology - Bava Batra Rav Moshe Taragin

A shiur using different talmudic topics to illustrate the nature of rabbinic legal thinking, emphasizing the analytic methods practiced in modern Yeshivot.

Talmudic Methodology - Makkot Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Shavuot Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - Shevuot Rav Moshe Taragin
Mishnat HaRAL | Iyun in Bava Batra Harav Aharon Lichtenstein

Seder Kodashim

Studies in Gemara

Commentators on the Mishna (en) Rav Yosef Marcus

Given that the Gemara explains the Mishna, what need is there for later commentaries? Yet nevertheless, fascinating and significant commentaries on the Mishna have been written, from the Rambam in the Middle Ages until Kehati in our times. This series explores the motivations for these commentaries, their respective approaches, and the personalities behind the commentaries.

Ein Ya'akov: The World of Talmudic Aggada Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan

This course introduces the student to the literary and theological riches of the  world of Talmudic aggada. We focus on the aggadot of the first chapter of Massekhet Berakhot wich deals with many central issues in Jewish thought and life, including, the purpose and power of prayer, why bad things happen to good people and the very nature of God. We will explore both tradition and modern methods of confronting the morally, religiously and intellectually challenging ideas and images which the Talmud often presents in its aggadic passages. 

Reading Midrash Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan
Reading Midrash Aggada Rav Ezra Bick

Midrash Aggada

(Thursday, Summer) (Please note: this series began in the summer, and is being mailed on Thursdays, beginning after Shabbat Nachamu, until Shabbat Parashat Shemot.This course will take the midrash to Sefer Bereishit, the Book of Genesis, and see how it illuminates the text, both as a deep commentary on it, and as a source for basic ideas in the understanding of the Sages of the relationship between Bereishit and our lives as Jews who serve God. 

Talmudic Aggadot 1 Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch

In our study of aggadeta, we will attempt to uncover the themes and meanings of the aggadot by means of close readings and literary analyses. In addition, we will study the wider talmudic contexts in which the aggadot are embedded, in an attempt to discover the influence of context on aggada and vice versa. 

Talmudic Aggadot 2 Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch

In our study of aggadeta, we will attempt to uncover the themes and meanings of the aggadot by means of close readings and literary analyses. In addition, we will study the wider talmudic contexts in which the aggadot are embedded, in an attempt to discover the influence of context on aggada and vice versa. This is not a continuation of our previous series on the subject and can be joined by new students.

Understanding Aggada 1 Rav Yitzchak Blau
Understanding Aggada 2 Rav Yitzchak Blau
Understanding Aggada 3 Rav Yitzchak Blau
Talmudic Methodology - 5780 Rav Moshe Taragin

A shiur using different talmudic topics to illustrate the nature of rabbinic legal thinking, emphasizing the analytic methods practiced in modern Yeshivot.

KMTT - Aggadot Berachot Rav Ezra Bick

A Jew endeveavours each day to say 100 blessings and pray three times, seemingly simple actions that are actually replete with deep wisdom and meaning. This shiur presents wonderful ideas and revelations designed to augment one's tefillot and berachot.

KMTT - Aggadot Avraham Rav Ezra Bick

Avraham is considered the father of three of the largest religions today. Discover what the enigmatic midrashim reveal to us about this monolithic character.

KMTT - Aggadot Bereishit Rav Ezra Bick

The creation story is both confusing and mindboggling. Discover the fantastic Midrashic interpretations of some of the most intriguing stories in the Torah.

KMTT - Reading Mishna Rav Avraham Walfish

The Mishna is one of the cornerstones of Jewish literature that is widely studied, however many of the wonderful lessons hidden within, are never truly accessed. These shiurim provide the vital skills and insights to enable an individual to maximise their growth from studying the mishna.

Orach Chaim

In-depth Study of Halakha Rav Doniel Schreiber
Meaning in Mitzvot Rav Asher Meir
Mishna Berura Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon
Structure and Meaning of the Daily Prayer (en) Rav Ezra Bick

We will examine the structure of the daily prayer service, beginning with birkot hashachar and continuiing to the end, in order to understand the meaning of each unit and its place in the overall structure.

The Laws of Berakhot Rav David Brofsky

This year, we will study the blessings on natural phenomena, Shehecheyahu, Tefillat Ha-Derekh, Birkat Ha-Gomel, the blessing upon smells, and the blessings said before performing mitzvot. Each topic examines both primary sources and practical applications.

The Laws of Festivals Rav David Brofsky
The Laws of Prayer (en) Rav David Brofsky
Understanding the Shemoneh Esrei (en) Rav Ezra Bick

This course will closely examine the language of the "Shemona Esrei" prayer, approximately one berakha each shiur. The main goal is to understand the philosophic ideas embedded in the prayer, both in order to better understand basic principles of Judaism and to enhance the prayer experience itself.

KMTT - Hilchot Shabbat Rav Assaf Bednarsh

Highly practical everyday topics in Hilchot Shabbat. Half hour shiurim covering topics relating to Bishul, Muktze, Binyan and Setira B'Keilim and more.

KMTT - Berachot Rav Yair Kahn

Learn about the halakhic and Talmudic underpinnings of our berachot relating to food.

KMTT - Kriat HaTorah Rav Yair Kahn

Every three days the community is obliged to read publicly sections of the weekly Torah portion. Why, how, when, who and with what is it done?

KMTT - Mezuza and Tefillin Rav Yair Kahn

Tefillin and Mezuza are things we use on a daily basis and hence, often done without much thought invested. Join Rav Yair Kahn in this 13-part series, where we will learn how to make these mitzvot ever more meaningful.

KMTT - Positive Mitzvot of Shabbat (1) Rav Moshe Aberman

Shabbat, a cornerstone for every Jewish home is characterised by two directives. Shamor - the better known of the two - is synonomyus with the negative prohibitons. This series delves into the ins and outs of Zachor - the positive mitzvot.

KMTT - Positive Mitzvot of Shabbat (2) Rav Dovid Gottlieb

Preparing for shabbat is not just cooking and cleaning. The preparation of the home and oneself is a vital part of the holy and unique nature of Shabbat.

KMTT - Topics in Practical Halakha Rav Mordechai Friedman

From the laws of muktza, to the proper way to daven in an airport, Rav Friedman gives clear practical, halakhic guidance on many of the abc's of halachic issues.

KMTT - The Laws of Tefilla Rav Yair Kahn

Prayer is something that we do so often, the little aspects of it tend to get lost. In a series by Rav Yair Kahn we will learn laws of prayer and get a glimpse into the origins of our prayers framework.

KMTT - Tefillat Shabbat Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Tefilla is a central aspect to every Jew's life, but what is unique about Shabbat, that encouraged the rabbis to create for it a unique set of tefillot? What is the essence of these tefillot, why do we say them and what can their very existence teach us about Shabbat in general?

KMTT - Shemoneh Esrei Rav Ezra Bick

A study of the content and wording of the berakhot of this essential prayer, based upon three sources: the sage text of the prayer, the verses that formed the basis of these blessings and explicit sages' sayings about them.

KMTT - The Challenges of Tefilla Rav Moshe Taragin

Tefilla can feel rigid at times and consistently presents us with different challenges. Rav Moshe Taragin helps us discover ways to make tefilla more relateable and personally engaging.

KMTT - The Laws of Tzitzit Rav Yair Kahn

Techelet has been subject to much controversy lately and getting a deep understanding of the topic is hard to come by. Rav Yair Kahn delves into these topics and gives us a better understanding of the meaning of the mitzva of tzitzit. 

Yoreh Deah

Laws of Conversion and Circumcision Rav David Brofsky

We will begin by studying the laws of brit mila, including the nature of the father’s obligation, who may be circumcised and who may perform the brit mila, the details of the procedure including modern innovations and challenges, and the special blessings said at the ceremony. We will then discuss topics relating to personal status change and conversion, including Chazal's attitude towards giyur and gerim, motivations for giyur, each of the components of giyur (mila, tevila, kabalat mitzvot), the role of beit din, and modern conversion challenges.

Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (2) Rav David Brofsky

We began this series in 5779 by studying the laws of brit mila, including the nature of the father’s obligation, who may be circumcised and who may perform the brit mila, the details of the procedure including modern innovations and challenges, and the special blessings said at the ceremony. This year we will discuss topics relating to personal status change and conversion, including Chazal's attitude towards giyur and gerim, motivations for giyur, each of the components of giyur (mila, tevila, kabalat mitzvot), the role of beit din, and modern conversion challenges.

The Laws of Kashrut Rav David Brofsky
Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (3) Rav David Brofsky

(Tuesday) We began this series in 5779 by studying the laws of brit mila. Last year, we discussed Chazal's attitude towards giyur and gerim, motivations for giyur, the role of the beit din, and introduced each of the components of giyur (mila, tevila, kabalat mitzvot). Most recently, during the Fall semester of 5781, we discussed topics relating to the tevila (immersion) of a convert, kabbalat mitzvot, and the conversion of children. We also presented some of the challenges of conversion in the modern era, especially in the State of Israel. Interested? Just click here for this year's shiurim.

KMTT - Kashrut Rav Assaf Bednarsh

The uniquely Jewish dietary requirements of kashrut play a vital role in a Jew's life. Delve into the crucial topics required to effectively inculcate kashrut into your life.

Even HaEzer

Life Cycles Rav David Brofsky

This multi-year course will address the laws of marriage, birth, brit mila, pidyon ha-ben, bar/bat mitzva, and death. We will dedicate this year to the study of ishut - laws relating to marriage.

KMTT - Jewish Family in Halakha Rav Binyamin Tabory

This series deals with the Jewish family from a halakhic perspective. We will study the relationship that Halakha outlines between family members and examine the relationships it is trying to create - at every stage of life: childhood, marriage, parenthood and old age.

Choshen Mishpat

Studies in Halakha

Halakha in the Age of Social Media Rav Jonathan Ziring

The interconnected world created by communication technology in general and social media in specific is radically different than the past. The changes that have come with these technological advances have effected widely divergent areas of halakha. The goal of this course is to shed light on the way halakha has responded to this new world.

Halakhic Essays of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein (en) Harav Aharon Lichtenstein

In-depth analyses of both practical and theoretical halakhic topics, collected from the literary legacy of moreinu Harav Lichtenstein zt”l.

Halakhic Responses to Israeli History (en) Rav Aviad Tabory

The birth of the State of Israel and its continuing growth in the face of many challenges has presented halakhists with questions that have not been addressed in two thousand years. This series explores a number of fascinating issues that aroused controversy both in Israeli society and in the beit midrash.

Jewish Political Theory - Hilkhot Melakhim (en) Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Recently, questions of democracy and theocracy, the authority of a non-religious autonomous Jewish government, etc., have become part of the general public discourse in Israel. In this series, we will undertake a rigorous examination of the classic halakhic and philosophic sources, and will hopefully emerge with a better understanding of our times and of our ideals.

Philosophy of Halakha (en) Rav Chaim Navon
Practical Halakha (audio) Rav Mordechai Friedman
Understanding the Practice and Meaning of Halakha (en) Rav Ezra Bick

The course will examine the practice of halakhic Judaism, explicating the philosophic significance of select halakhic topics, such as Shabbat, prayer, kashrut, holidays, charity, mourning, etc. The course is appropriate for all levels of Jewish knowledge. 

Women and Mitzvot (en) Rav Chaim Navon

Through examining Talmudic discussions and halakhic decisions, this course will explore issues such as women’s exemption from time-bound mitzvot; Torah study; Torah and megilla reading for women; mechitza; and more.

KMTT - The Process of Pesak Halacha Rav Jonathan Ziring

The halachic process relies on guiding principles that enable authorities to turn theoretical concepts into practical rulings that can be applied to our daily lives. This fascinating series explores the many factors that impact halachic decision making, including textual sources, extenuating circumstances, varying customs, ethical considerations, and more.

KMTT - Aseret HaDibbrot Rav Tzvi Chaim Kaye

There aren't many short proclamations that have had such an immense impact upon the world as the Ten Commandments, but what are they really instructing us to do?

KMTT - Society and Halakha Dr. Kalman Neuman

When society advances there is the inevitable clash between the contemporary and the classic. How does the modern State of Israel approach this dillemma through attempting to balance traditional halacha with modern day existence?

KMTT - Understanding Minhagim Rav Binyamin Tabory

Over the years, Rav Binyamin Tabory z"l saw, heard and read about various customs practiced by the gedolim of Israel. In this series, he reviews these customs and tries to explain them.

Philosophy

Mussar for Moderns (en) Rav Elyakim Krumbein

Mussar is a branch of Torah that is meant to offer us spiritual guidance. But the modern mind often feels that texts written in previous centuries can't possibly be meaningful anymore. This series acknowledges the dilemma but tries to chart pathways to fruitful engagement with mussar in our age. You missed our Fall 5781 semester? Just click here to see the shiurim mailed out earlier this year.

Principles of Learning Torah (audio) Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Great Thinkers

Igrot HaRav Kook (en) Rav Tamir Granot
In the Footsteps of the Kuzari Prof. Shalom Rosenberg

In this course, Prof. Shalom Rosenberg makes use of the philosophy of the Kuzari to examine major issues in modern life. The course is not so much a presentation of the philosophy of R. Yehuda HaLevi as an application of basic Jewish values and categories to a host of issues which face any Jew in the modern world.

Intro to the Guide of the Perplexed Rav Chaim Navon

Studies in Maimonides' Guide to the Perplexed, while studying both classic and modern commentators, and comparing it to his other writings.

Modern Rabbinic Thought (en) Rav Yitzchak Blau
The Kuzari and Rav Yehuda HaLevi (en) Rav Itamar Eldar

Topics in the Thought of Rav Yehuda HaLevi

The Life and Thought of the Rambam Rav Eli Hadad

Our objective in this lecture series is to study the thought of Maimonides, as reflected in his various writings, and compare it to what we know about his life and work. And, in reverse, we shall also examine his life and understand it in light of his thought and literary oeuvre.

The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe Dr. Ron Wacks

Rav Kalonymus Kalman Shapira of Piaseczna, known especially for his works Chovat haTalmidim and Esh Kodesh, was an innovative and influential Hasidic rebbe who sought to revitalize the inner world of Hasidut and to provide seekers with techniques of spiritual ascent. This series will pay special attention to his trailblazing teachings regarding the role of imagination in divine service, the quieting of thought and employment of emotion in service of the heart, the role of community, the repair of personality and the possibility of renewing prophecy in our times.

The Thought of Rav Kook (en) Rav Hillel Rachmani
The Thought of the Ramban Rav Ezra Bick

In this course, we will be studying the philosophic work of the Ramban, R. Moshe b. Nachman, sometimes known by the Latin name Nachmanides. The course will be text-based; that is, each session we will examine selected texts of the Ramban in order to understand his opinions.

The Vilna Gaon Rav Elyakim Krumbein

The Vilna Gaon towers as a dominant, influential, yet idiosyncratic figure that left a lasting imprint on Jewry. The series examines unique features of his worldview, ethical teachings and personality. The topics investigated include: love of Torah, minhag vs. halakha, other-wordliness, the empowering of the individual, secular studies, and messianism.

The Thought of Manitou Rav Uriel Eitam

(Sunday) Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (1922-1996), known as “Manitou,” was a profound and original thinker and a spiritual leader of francophone Jewry in Israel, Europe, and North Africa. His thought, which draws from diverse sources such as the Kabbala and Rav Kook, focuses on understanding Jewish history and identity within the interplay of ideas in the world. We are pleased to offer the first extensive introduction to his thought in English. 

KMTT - The Vilna Gaon Rav Elyakim Krumbein

How do the teachings of the Vilna Gaon continue to impact the world of yeshiva learning? Was the Gra a Zionist? Has the sectorial controversy of Mitnagdim and Chassidim run its course? An in-depth study of the Vilna Gaon and his enduring influence.

KMTT - Modern Rabbinic Thought Rav Yitzchak Blau

Join us on a journey to better understand modern Jewish thought, and the rabbis who are central to those teachings.

KMTT - Ramban on the Parsha Rav Ezra Bick

Discover what makes the Ramban's commentary on the Torah so special. Rav Ezra Bick gives an in-depth study of the most important and influential Rambans in each Parasha.

KMTT - Sichot of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Harav Aharon Lichtenstein

Weighty issues face the Jewish community in the land of Israel and the diaspora. These discussions provide a unique perspective on the proper way to bring Torah values to bear on these issues. Politics and the life of the Jewish people are too important to divest all application of Torah from them, despite the dangers inherent in combining spiritual and worldly pursuits.

Mishnat HaRAL | Machshava Harav Aharon Lichtenstein
KMTT - Yahrzeits of Gedolim Rav Binyamin Tabory

Issues in Jewish Thought

Avodat Hashem - Foundations of Divine Service (en) Harav Baruch Gigi

This series will study “duties of the heart” (such as faith, love and fear of God, and divine uniqueness) and their connection to our lives as worshippers of God. The framework for our discussion will be an examination of the mitzvot of keriat Shema and prayer, which are cornerstones of the service of God. Our discussions, both halakhic and philosophical, attempt to chart the path leading from the intellect to worship.

By His Light - Developing a Torah Personality (en) Harav Aharon Lichtenstein

This series deals with fundamental issues in one's religious growth and self-understanding, such as: religion and ethics, openness and insularity, Torah and secular studies, historical sensitivity and balancing goals.

Faith and the Holocaust (en) Rav Tamir Granot
Jewish Values in a Changing World Harav Yehuda Amital

According to Rav Amital zt"l, religious life should not contradict one’s humanity and individuality, but rather flow from them. This perspective informs Rav Amital’s profound and enlightening explorations of one’s relationship to God, to society, and to oneself.

Maharal on Pirkei Avot Rav Gidon Rothstein

Maharal was a creative and prolific, but also prolix, writer. In this series, we study his commentary to the first three chapters of Avot, to see his view of Jewish ethical behavior.

Mikdash - The Temple (en) Rav Yitzchak Levy

The course examines the importance and role of the Temple in Tanakh, Halakha, Jewish philosophy and history.

Principles of Faith Rav Joshua Amaru

This series is a new look at the Rambam's thirteen principles of faith from the perspective of a modern reader. Where did the Rambam get his principles and how do they apply today. We take an in depth look at the Rambam's attempt to formulate a Jewish dogma in his introduction to his commentary on the Mishna in Sanhedrin chapter ten. We try to understand each principle in the context of the Rambam's philosophy and the science of the day and then try to translate those into modern terms. Along the way we discuss perspectives that the Rambam rejected but which were embraced by other Rishonim. In the last part of the series we discuss principles of faith that the Rambam omitted.

Studies in Mussar Rav Binyamin Zimmerman
Studies in Pirkei Avot Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmud Torah: The Mitzva of Torah Study Rav Tzvi Sinensky

This course will address the gravity, goals, methods and scope of talmud Torah, the relationship between learning and teaching, and important aggadot and later thinkers on the subject. Along the way, we'll examine fascinating subjects such as Torah lishmah, the emotional world of the learner (reverence, joy, toil), breadth versus depth, Torat Eretz Yisrael, the disgraced Torah scholar, and the character of the rebbe-talmid relationship.

Topics in Hashkafa Rav Assaf Bednarsh

This series explores basic topics in Jewish philosophy. For each topic, we will present and develop the full range of opinions within traditional Jewish thought. We will attempt to elucidate the logical basis of each opinion and clarify the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches. The sources we draw on will range from Tanakh and Chazal through contemporary thinkers.

Understanding the 13 Middot (en) Rav Ezra Bick

The series deals with the basics of the thirteen dimensions of mercy, and provides a deep understanding of each and every attribute.

KMTT - 48 Kinyanei Torah Rav Dovid Gottlieb

Chazal in Pirkei Avot delineate 48 "kinyanim" - attributes or characteristics - that are necessary for attainting and maintaining mastery over Torah. In this series we will study each of these attributes in depth, using a broad range of sources, to understand how each of these "kinyanim" are vital to our success in Talmud Torah.

KMTT - Am Levadad Yishkon Rav Alan Haber

The unique characteristic of Am Yisrael, that of a nation that dwells alone, is not just a humble description, but symbolic of the larger role Am Yisrael has in the world and the history of mankind in general.

KMTT - Theology Rav Assaf Bednarsh

Foundational topics in Jewish philosophy. Join us as we unpack and analyse opinions right across the philosophical spectrum and explore their implications.

KMTT - Character and Ethics Rav Moshe Taragin
KMTT - Akeidat Yitzchak Rav Ezra Bick

The pivitol moment in history when Avraham went to sacrifice Yitzchak, is an event filled with immense theological and ethical quanderies. This series explores and resolves many of these fascinating concepts.

KMTT - Avodat Hashem Rav Moshe Taragin

The Essentials of Avodat Hashem

KMTT - Medieval Jewish Philosophy Rav Ezra Bick

Throughout one’s life every individual is faced with the fundamental questions of God’s providence, His existence and how He can allow evil to exist. This series will delve into medieval Jewish philosophy’s approach to these powerful questions.

KMTT - Pirkei Avot with Rav Moshe Taragin Rav Moshe Taragin

Learn Pirkei Avot like never before! In this series, Rav Taragin enlightens us with the moral and ethical teachings of Chazal and how we can make them a part of our daily lives.

KMTT - Pirkei Avot with Rav Dovid Gottlieb Rav Dovid Gottlieb

Learn more about the only Massekhta in Mishnayot that deals solely with ethical and moral principles. Rav David Gottlieb gives us insight into key Mishnayot throughout the Massekhta.

KMTT - Redemptive Sketches Rav Moshe Taragin

Redemption is a theme that piques everyone's curiosity and is a fundamental belief in the zietgest of many. Despite this, individuals commonly do not fully understand some of Judaism's core ideas within the subject.

KMTT - Shemita Rav Binyamin Zimmerman

The instinctive notion of Shemita is as a year of difficulty and prohibitions; however, Shemita encapsulates far more. It is a year that exemplifies the deep spiritiual ambitions of the Jewish people.

KMTT - Talmud Torah Rav Moshe Taragin

The study of Torah is not like any other academic pursuit. Torah study is a glimpse into the divine, a life-long pursuit and fundamental pillar for every Jew's life.

KMTT - Torah and Theology Rav Ezra Bick

When examining the intricacies of Jewish theology, many difficult and confronting questions arise. This series addresses those quandaries, such as the problem of good and evil, as well the how and why of man's existence?

Biblical Commentaries

Massekhet Rosh Hashana

Massekhet Beitza

Massekhet Taanit

Massekhet Megilla

Massekhet Moed Katan

Issues in Education

Etzion Education and Leadership Conference Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva

Prior to the Etzion Foundation's annual dinner in 2019, faculty, alumni, and alumnae in communal leadership positions participated in 7 panels that addressed the contemporary challenges impacting the Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora today. One panel, on “The Future of Jewish communities in the Diaspora,” was moderated by Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph ’88, Senior Vice President at Yeshiva University, and featured Moishe Bane ’77, President of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Dr. Leonard Matanky, Rabbi of Congregation K.I.N.S of West Rogers Park, Dean of Ida Crown Jewish Academy and past President of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ’76, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Another panel, entitled, “The Devar Hashem in the Digital Age” was moderated by Rabbi Zvi Engel ’92, Rabbi of Congregation Or Torah in Skokie, IL, and featured Rabbi Menachem Penner ’88, Dean of RIETS and of the Men’s Undergraduate Torah Studies Program at YU, and Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig ’73, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, and Rav Moshe Taragin. The final session was a discussion of “The Worldwide Dati Leumi Community and the Har Etzion Institutions: Past, Present and Future” with Rosh Yeshiva Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein, Rosh Yeshiva Rav Baruch Gigi, and Rabbanit Esti Rosenberg, Rosh Beit Midrash of Migdal Oz. It was introduced by Rabbi Dr. Seth Grauer ’96, Rosh Yeshiva and Head of School at Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto, and was moderated by Rabbi Gidon Rothstein ’82.

Rosh Hashana

The Meaning of Rosh Hashana Alumni and Students

(Sun, Tues, Thur, Summer) Join the rashei yeshiva and staff of Yeshivot Har Etzion as they examine the special prayers and Torah readings of Rosh Hashana in an attempt to reveal the inner meaning of the day. This compilation will be mailed Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning after Shabbat Nachamu, and concluding by Rosh Hashana.

The Meaning of the Shofar Alumni and Students

(Thur, Summer) Is the shofar a cry of the heart, a form of wordless prayer, or a reminder of pivotal events in Jewish history? Explore these concepts and more in this series by Harav Amital zt"l and other distinguished rabbis. This shiur will be mailed on Thursdays, beginning during the Three Weeks and concluding by Rosh Hashana.

Yom Kippur

Studies in Repentance

The Season of Repentance Alumni and Students
KMTT - 13-Middot Rav Ezra Bick

The series deals with the elements of the thirteen dimensions of mercy, and provides a deep understanding of each and every attribute.

KMTT - 13-Middot with Rav Moshe Taragin Rav Moshe Taragin

Forgivness and repentance are fundamental facets of Judaism. This series explores how God relates to these concepts and highlights His deeper characteristics.

Sukkot

Halakhot of the Four Species Alumni and Students
Halakhot of the Sukka Alumni and Students
The Holiday of Sukkot Alumni and Students

Chanuka

Halakhot of Chanuka Alumni and Students
Talmudic Methodology - Chanuka Rav Moshe Taragin
The Meaning of Chanuka Alumni and Students

Purim

Halakhot of Purim Alumni and Students
The Meaning of Purim Alumni and Students

Pesach

Halakhot of Pesach Alumni and Students
Pesach - The Exodus and Moshe Alumni and Students
The Meaning of Pesach Alumni and Students
The Meaning of the Seder Night Alumni and Students

Sefirat HaOmer

Halakhot of Sefirat HaOmer Alumni and Students
The Meaning of Sefirat HaOmer Alumni and Students

Shavuot

Shavuot - Bikkurim Rav Moshe Taragin
Shavuot - Standing at Sinai Alumni and Students
Shavuot - Torah Study Alumni and Students
The Meaning of Shavuot Alumni and Students

Asara BeTevet

Asara BeTevet - Jewish Tragedy Alumni and Students

The Three Weeks

Halakhot of the Three Weeks Alumni and Students
The Meaning of the Three Weeks Alumni and Students

Studies in the Yearly Cycle

A River Goes Out of Eden - The Holidays as a Tikkun Rav Uriel Eitam

The Garden of Eden as the Inner Source of the Jewish Holidays. Drawing on sources in both nigleh and nistar, this course reveals how the story of the Garden of Eden constitutes the hidden code of Torah and life. We will see how each Jewish holiday develops a certain aspect of the Garden of Eden and advances us towards a perfected and repaired world.

KMTT - Moadei HaShana Rav Binyamin Tabory

In this series, Rav Tabory delves into the holy days of the year - with specific questions concerning certain holidays, and others more general in nature. How one should understand the concepts of honor and pleasure on Shabbat and chag, and how holy is the Chanuka candle really, are just two questions among many that we will discuss. 

Publications: Tanakh

Sefer Daniel Harav Yaakov Medan

Sefer Daniel

(Tuesday, Thursday, Summer) (Please note: this series began in the summer, and is being mailed twice a week, beginning July 1, through the chagim.) The hidden messages in the book of Daniel carry a fresh and relevant spiritual message. Unfortunately, however, this sefer remains sealed to the general public due to its Aramaic language and secretive style. Harav Yaakov Madan will lay it out for you in clear and fluent language, as well as from a unique perspective, emphasizing its historical dimension. The learning is dedicated to the memory of Lt. Daniel Mandel, HY”D.