Rav Yoel Bin-Nun
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Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Practical Mitzvot Parashat Ki Tetze contains more mitzvot than any other Torah portion, and this shiur will focus on three of them. We will see how the commands to help load and unload animals relates to helping drivers in distress; we will see how the Torah's rules on fugitive slaves relate to both the Ancient Near East and 19th-century America; finally, we will examine how heter iska addresses concerns of charging interest for Jewish bankers and borrowers. 01- פרשת השבוע
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Can there be a third destruction? A reading of the curses in light of Ramban’s commentary Parashat Ki Tavo presents a chilling set of curses, echoing those found in the penultimate chapter of Vayikra. In this shiur, we will analyze the differences between them as interpreted by Ramban, as well as Ramban's general approach to the Torah, viewing its events through a historical lens. What does this mean for our generation? 01- פרשת השבוע
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Pesach and the Feast of Matzot – Two Holidays Rather than One In the Torah, Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Matzot (Chag Ha-Matzot) are two connected holidays, rather than a single holiday that begins with the Paschal offering. In this shiur, we will analyze the significance and difference between these two festivals. 01- פרשת השבוע
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Why is the Story of the Flood Doubled, Like the Story of Creation? In this shiur, we will discuss the significance of the Torah's dual presentation of the flood story, as reflected in the use of the names Elokim and the Tetragrammaton. We will demonstrate that the Torah's description further affirms the dual nature of the calendar (lunar-solar), and we will note how the dual presentation continues until the end of the story. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Covenant Between the Parts and the Covenant of Circumcision In this shiur, we will contrast the two covenants that Hashem made with Avraham and evaluate how they present different perspectives on the importance of Eretz Yisrael. We will discuss the geographical borders of Eretz Yisrael that are implicit in these covenants, as well as their halakhic implications. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Field and the Cave: Yitzchak in the Land In this shiur, we will discuss the reason for Avraham's adamant insistence on buying the field of Efron the Chiti, which reflects his desire to have a foothold in Eretz Yisrael. We will further discuss how Yitzchak's lifestyle reflects his similar desire. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun War and Morality: Yisrael in the Land In advance of encountering his brother Esav, Yaakov "prepares for war." In this shiur, we will discuss what this entails according to the commentaries, as well as the implications of this story in modern times. What can we learn from Yaakov's attitude to warfare as he returns to Eretz Canaan? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Yosef’s Interpretations and His Aim in the Encounter with His Brothers In this shiur, we will discuss some of the fundamental questions relating to the story of Yosef's treatment of his brothers. What was Yosef trying to accomplish, and why didn't he contact his father once he had the opportunity to do so? Why did Yosef wait so long to reveal his identity to his brothers? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Yaakov’s Blessings to Menashe and Efraim In this shiur, we will discuss the significance of Yaakov's berakhot to each of his son. We will see that the blessings delineate each of the tribes' portions in Eretz Yisrael. We will further relate this point to the status of Menashe and Efraim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Sefer Vayikra as the Continuation of Sefer Shemot In this shiur, we will study a number of passages from Parashat Vayikra, focusing on the element of free will expression within the confines of the guidelines of the sacrifices. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Laws of Sacrifices Parashat Tzav discusses the "torat ha-korbanot," specifically who is to eat each of the different types of sacrifices. We will study each of the korbanot discussed in the parasha, as well as the significance of the inclusion of chametz and matza among the offerings. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun “To Distinguish Between the Impure and the Pure” Parashat Shemini presents the laws relating to pure and impure animals in the context of the state of purity necessary for approaching the Sanctuary. In this shiur, we will discuss the uniqueness of the Torah's guidelines regarding permissible and forbidden foods. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Impurity in Life and in Death The laws of impurity in the Torah all relate in some manner to death. In this shiur, we will analyze the laws of impurity in our parasha in light of medical knowledge, since the Torah does not distinguish between health of the body and health of the soul. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun “I am the Lord your God” In Parashat Kedoshim, the formulas "I am the Lord your God" and "I am the Lord" appear after many mitzvot. What is the significance of these statements, and what is the difference between them? In this shiur, we will explain how these statements reflect two different types of commands in this parasha. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Dual Significance of the Pilgrim Festivals The Torah includes a dual description of the festivals, such that they are attributed both historical and natural/religious significance. In this shiur, we will discuss the structure of this unit and the proper understanding of the superimposition of meaning. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Prohibitions of Ona’ah, Neshekh, and Ribit In addition to the laws of shemitta and yovel, Parashat Behar discusses interpersonal laws - ona'ah, neshekh, and ribit. In this shiur, we will discuss these laws and their modern implications. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Torah of Man In this shiur, we will survey a number of the motifs which characterize Sefer Devarim as a whole. Firstly, the Revelation at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are a major focus. In addition, it is clear from Moshe's terminology that the eastern bank of the Jordan is part of the Promised Land, so that his speech is in fact given in the geographical center of the Land. In fact, Sefer Devarim presents the transition from leadership by miracle to leadership by speech, as we shall see. As the shiur goes on, we will analyze the distinction between the story of the appointment of the judges as related in Sefer Shemot, in which Yitro is the source of the idea, and the corresponding narrative in Parashat Devarim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Ten Commandments: Twelve Prohibitions In this shiur, we will analyze the differences between the Ten Commandments as they appear in our parasha and their original iteration in Parashat Yitro. As we shall see, the key number is in fact not ten, but twelve, two sets of six prohibitions. We will also focus on the unique understanding of Shabbat in this new formulation of the Fourth Commandment, connecting the cessation of work every seventh day to the Exodus and to the Torah's basic belief in human equality and freedom. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Expanded Shema Shema and Ve-haya im Shamoa, the first two passages of Keriat Shema, appear in Parashat Vaetchanan and Parashat Ekev respectively, sharing many thematic elements and details. They bookend the mitzvot of faith: loving, fearing and worshipping God while eschewing all connections to idolatry. As we shall see in the shiur, greater Keriat Shema, between Shema and Ve-haya im Shamoa, is the continuation of the first of the Ten Commandments. In order to understand what the First Commandment is, we will delve deeply into greater Keriat Shema. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Where is “the place which God shall choose”? Parashat Re'eh speaks repeatedly of the importance of worshiping in "the place which God shall choose," an idea usually associated with Jerusalem. As we shall see, this term is in fact far broader, allowing for different sites throughout the period of conquest and the Judges, until the beginning of the monarchy. In particular, we will examine the connection between courts of justice and sacrificial worship, in light of modern archeological evidence. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Will of the People and the Authority of the King: A Study of the Biblical Text Parashat Shoftim presents the idea of a Jewish king, but comparing it to the actual stories of kings like Shaul and David in Tanakh raises many questions. In this shiur, we will try to understand the roles of God through His prophet and the people through their representatives in choosing a monarch. We will also see how the king fits into the power structure delineated by the Torah, in terms of prophets, Kohanim and judges. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Revolution in the Conceptualization of Teshuva in the Halakhic and Historical Perception of Rav Yehuda Alkalai In this shiur, we focus on Rav Yehuda Alkalai's unique approach to the concept of teshuva and how the return to the Land of Israel is not a reward for repentance, but a prerequisite for returning to God. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Testimony of the Song In this shiur, we examine the unique message of the longest poem in the Torah, the song of Haazinu. How does its encapsulation of Jewish history differ from other prophecies in Sefer Devarim? Why and how are the Jewish people ultimately redeemed, and why is the Exodus omitted? Haazinu's powerful testimony still holds meaning for us. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Moshe’s Blessing to the Jewish People Parashat Vezot Haberakha contains two sets of blessings, one for Israel as a whole and one for individual tribes. In this shiur, we will examine the significance of Moshe's parting message and consider it in light of Ya'akov's blessing and the history of the Jewish people. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Moshe's Identity Struggle - Which Child Was Not Circumcised, and Why? In this shiur, we will attempt to understand the very difficult passage regarding the circumcision of one of Moshe's sons at the inn on the way back to Egypt, taking into account Moshe's struggle to maintain his identity even in Midyan. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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