Sichot - Holidays
Teacher Title תקציר Course
Rav Mordechai Breuer Yom Yerushalayim - The Akeida and God’s Choice of Jerusalem In the story of Avraham's meeting with Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, and in the story of Avraham's binding of Yitzchak on Mt. Moriah, we learn the meaning of God's choice of Jerusalem. Holiday Packages
Harav Baruch Gigi The Sins of the Fathers and of the Sons In his Laws of Fasts (5:1), the Rambam teaches: “There are days when all of Israel fasts because of troubles that occurred on those days, in order to arouse the hearts and to open paths of repentance... Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan “How Shall I Bear Alone” Chazal perceived the connection between the catastrophe of exile and the very first pang of despair experienced by Moshe with regard to his ability to lead Am Yisrael by his own example and elevate them to his level. What is the connection between the appointment of elders and judges and the eventual churban? Holiday Packages
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Why Did Moshe Desire to Enter the Land? Which mitzvot did Moshe wish to fulfill upon entry into the land? The conventional understanding is that he was referring to the "commandments dependent upon the land" – terumot and ma'asrot, challa, etc. However, upon further consideration, it seems that Moshe might have been referring to other mitzvot, not those traditionally defined as falling into the category of those "dependent on the land" in the narrow sense of the term. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan THE SPIRIT OF THE DRY BONES Yechezkel's vision of the Dry Bones is an apt metaphor for the rebirth of the Jewish People in their land. What can the sequence of this prophecy teach us about modern history? Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 1 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 2 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Miracle and the Responsibility of Sovereignty “My heart is prepared, O God; my heart is prepared; I shall sing and I shall give praise.” (Tehillim 57:8) In order to sing, the heart must be ready and prepared. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan Victory and Spiritual Revolution In Divrei Ha-yamim we find an account of the war waged by King Asa against Zerach the Kushite: And there came out against them Zerach, the Kushite, with an army of one million men, and three hundred chariots, and he came to Maresha… . (Divrei Ha-yamim II 14:8-10) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Megillat Esther and Our Educational Dilemma Megillat Esther concerns not just relations between Jews and non-Jews, but also relations between Jews themselves. What does it teach us today? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Parashat Zakhor: "Because They Tested God" The midrash teaches that Amalek attacked the Children of Israel because they did not believe God was in their midst. How is this possible after all the miracles they witnessed? Rav Amital explains the problem with their faith and how it is still relevant today. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Dual Nature of Chanuka There are two miraculous events commemorated by Chanuka: ner, the miracle of the oil, and milchama, the military victory. What characterizes each of these miracles? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Day of Jerusalem’s Liberation Yom Yerushalayim celebrates our salvation from our enemies, our recapture of the Kotel, and most of all, our return to Jerusalem, the heartbeat of our nation. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Not by Their Sword Did They Posses the Land, Nor Did their Own Arm Deliver them." We must respond to the challenge that faces us, and to act to promote the values of justice and morality in society. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Truthful Repentance Let us indeed acknowledge that "God is close to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him TRUTHFULLY." Then we will merit a year of life and peace, and a ketiva va-chatima tova. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Messages of Elul Our aim during Elul has to be the raising of the standards in all our personal characteristics. In this world we can increase our fear of Heaven with little effort. We can achieve integrity at little cost. Opportunities abound to increase our honesty. We go to the synagogue, buy kosher food, recite birkat ha-mazon. These things are so easy to do, but they must be elevated. If the basic standards which we expect from ourselves are raised, everything becomes much more difficult. Fear of Heaven is a great thing, and so it faith; so is love of mitzvot. We have to raise the standard. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Like the Prayer of an Infant At the pinnacle of Yom Kippur, what special dimension does Ne’ila add to our prayers? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Rejoice in the Lord and Be Glad Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Lag Ba-omer: Rabbi Akiva's Students and Derekh Eretz Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "All the Trees of the Forest Shall Sing for Joy" Parashat Beshalach – Tu bi-Shvat Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Kaddish for the Martyrs of the Holocaust A generation ago, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared that the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, which marks the beginning of the destruction of the Temple, would also be observed as a Holocaust Remembrance Day. Specifically, it would be the day to recite kaddish for relatives whose exact date of death we do not know. Just as the Tenth of Tevet thus has acquired a dual significance, so does the kaddish itself that we recite on this day. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "This is the Lord's Doing: It is Wondrous in Our Eyes!" Every year at the beginning of the month of Iyar, we experience Yom Ha-Zikaron (Memorial Day for fallen soldiers) and Yom Ha-Atzmaut (Independence Day) one right after the other. It is usually quite difficult to celebrate joyous occasions so soon after commemorating mournful ones, but Rashi teaches us a profound lesson in this regard in his commentary to Bereishit (6:6): "In a time of joy – there shall be joy, and in a time of grief – there shall be grief." Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Learning from Esther It seems that the megilla is not called "Megillat Esther" because Esther wrote it, but rather because Esther is the main character in the megilla, and the story of the megilla is, to a great extent, parallel to the story of her personal development. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "He Held the Mountain Over Them" The Meaning of Shavuot

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