Torah Lishmah
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Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #01: Why Our Generation Needs Torah Lishmah Our generation struggles a good deal in its attitude toward Torah study. Thank God, there are many who engage in Torah, but many also question the significance of Torah in their lives. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #02: Lishmah - In the Mind or in the Heart? In the previous shiur, we began our analysis of Torah lishmah by posing the basic question: how does one learn lishmah? Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #03: To Learn with Involvement In this shiur we will continue our attempt to understand the concept of Torah lishmah according to the model of lomed al menat la’asot – learning for the sake of practicing. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #04: Intellect and Emotion – Alliance or Conflict? We ended our last shiur by concluding, based upon Rava’s comments in Berakhot (17a) and our analysis of the Kabbalistic work Reishit Chokhma, that learning lishmah means learning Torah for the purpose of observing Torah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #05: Torah for Torah’s Sake: Peak or Anti-Climax? Thus far, we have looked at one of the three definitions of lishmah, the “functional” approach. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #06: Learning Fueled by Love In the previous shiur, we noted the interpretive challenge we face in explaining Rav Chayim Volozhin’s approach toward Torah lishmah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #07: Where Does “Involvement” Come From? In the previous shiur, we promised to study the Nefesh Ha-chayim more closely in order to see how the author implements his plan to give his readers the outlook and guidance they need to reach the level of Torah lishmah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #08: Intellect and Emotion in Torah Study - A Restless Symbiosis I would like to begin this shiur with a brief review, that will give us a clear picture of what we have learned in the previous shiurim (5-7) about the position of Rav Chayim of Volozhin. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #09: Emotional Processes in Torah Lishmah I wish to summarize and sharpen the lessons learned from our analysis of Nefesh Ha-Chayim. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #10: Volozhin in Transition We are nearing the end of our analysis of Rav Chayim of Volozhin's work, Nefesh Ha-Chayim, but first we must repay a debt from the previous shiur. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #11: Piety At Volozhin: A Diminished Presence We have been trying to understand the spiritual atmosphere in Volozhin at the height of the yeshiva's development at the end of the nineteenth century. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #12: The Genesis of Rav Kook's Views on Torah Lishmah Let us briefly summarize what we have seen thus far of Rav Kook's teachings on the issue of Torah lishmah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #13: Torah - An Intellectual Ivory Tower? We have begun to uncover the reservations about the "cognitive exclusivity" that reigned in Volozhin during the closing decades of the nineteenth century. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #14: The Blessing Over Torah As A Key To Its Meaning In this shiur, we shall continue to clarify Rav Kook's understanding of Torah study in general and the virtue of Torah lishmah in particular. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #15: The Ethical Foundation of Torah and Its Study Let us briefly go back to the end of the previous shiur, and then mark the path ahead. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #16: The Challenge of Identifying With the Spirit of the Torah Our goal in this shiur is to continue translating Rav Kook's definition of Torah lishmah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #17: "Belovedness" Versus "Alienation" Though Rav Kook has few rivals in the profundity of his ideas, he usually does not present them in a well-developed format or in concrete detail. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #18: Bittul Torah As An Existential Problem We saw in the previous shiur that understanding the idea of Torah lishmah can give us a framework for dealing with the problem of emotional distance from the Torah. Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #18: Torah Lishmah and Psychological Wholeness Let us return to the passage from Rav Kook's Orot ha-Torah discussed at the end of the last shiur. This passage describes the repair of the emotional distress due to distance "from the light of Torah." Torah Lishmah
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #20: Perspective on the "Horizon" In this shiur, we shall conclude the topic, even though, as the Rabbis put it, "More than what we have learned is written here." Torah Lishmah