Harav Yaakov Medan

Rav Yaakov Medan studied at the Netiv Meir High School in Jerusalem and in 1968, joined the first class at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He served in the IDF in the Airborne Nachal Infantry unit in the Hesder Program, and afterwards, returned to the Yeshiva as a Ram. He earned his Semicha from Yeshivat Har Etzion, a Bachelor of Education degree from Michlala in Jerusalem and a Master's degree from Touro College. Rav Medan teaches Tanach at Yeshivat Har Etzion and at numerous Yeshivot hesder and colleges throughout the country, and is considered one of the outstanding educators of Tanach today. In 2000, Rav Medan served as a Board member of the school for conversion of the Ne'eman Committee, and thus began is involvement, together with Prof. Ruth Gavison, in composing a renewed pact for relations between religious and secular, for which he was awarded the Avichai Prize. Today, Rav Medan serves as a Ram for fourth-year students at Yeshivat Har Etzion, teaches Tanach and Jewish Thought at the Yeshiva and Herzog College, and taught at the Advanced Torah Institute of Bar Ilan University and at many other institutions. In 5766, Harav Yaakov was inaugurated, together with Harav Baruch Gigi, as Rosh Yeshiva, alongside the founding roshei yeshiva, to be joined in 5769 by Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Teruma - The Mishkan and the Tent In this shiur, we will analyze the double designation of the Mishkan as the "Mishkan of the testimony" and as the "tent of meeting." What is the significance of these terms, and what do they reflect about the nature of the Mishkan? We will further study the meaning of the outside appearance of the Mishkan, which looked like a shepherd's tent. 01- פרשת השבוע
Harav Yaakov Medan The Snakes Sin and Its Punishment Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Wanderings of Benei Yisrael in the Desert Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "This Month Shall Be For You..." Jewish Dates Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Bo: Passover The Torah explains the term "Passover" as referring to the fact that God passed over the houses of the children of Israel and delivered them. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Ketura Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Ki Tisa: The Census and the Plague What is the reason for the command to count Bnei Yisrael in Parashat Ki Tisa? In this shiur, we will focus on the connection between the count and going out to war. In this light, we will also discuss what was improper about the census at the time of King David, which resulted in a plague. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "Berit Bein Ha-betarim" - the Covenant Between the Parts Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Meaning of Yosef's Enstrangement Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Murdering with Guile Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Mishpatim: A Hebrew Slave Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them. If you buy a Hebrew slave, six years he shall serve, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself. If his master has given him a wife and she has born him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. And if the slave shall plainly say, “I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free.” Then his master shall bring him to the judges; he shall also bring him to the door or to the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. (Shemot 21:1-7) Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "Then I Shall Bring Upon the Nations a Clear Language" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Resting of the Shekhina in the Mishkan In this shiur, we will study the different opinions regarding the timing of the erection of the Miskhan. We will also analyze the different roles of the cloud in the process of the Mishkan's consecration. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Amalek The most obvious question presented to us by the obligation to wipe out Amalek is the moral one. Why are we required to erase the entire Amalekite nation, regardless of their behavior; why does God Himself also "declare war" on them? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Mission of the Spies Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "The were fruitful and increased greatly and multiplied and became mighty" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan A Glimpse at Moshe’s Earliest Deeds In this shiur, we will consider the background information that the Torah provides about Moshe Rabbeinu, including his upbringing and early deeds. Chazal teach us that it was in the merit of the righteous women that Bnei Yisrael were redeemed from Egypt, and we will see that it was indeed the righteous women in Moshe's family who enabled the redemption. We will further note the comparison and contrast between Moshe and Shaul, the first leader and the first king. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Concerning the Mishkan Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Tetzaveh: The Tzitz In this shiur, we will study the role of the tzitz, which, Chazal tell us, atones for sacrifices that were brought incorrectly. We will further see that the tzitz specifically atones for the sin of impudence, as reflected in the sin of taking false oaths. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Esav's Merit Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan "I Shall Hardened Pharoah's Heart" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Vayakhel - Shabbat In this shiur, we will study the commandment to keep the Shabbat that is recorded in Parashat Vayakhel. What is the significance of the prohibition of the thirty nine forms of forbidden labor? Why are these labors specifically connected to the building of the Mishkan? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan The Path of Repentance: Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Rachel's Death and Burial Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan Beit-El Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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