Sunday, May 28, 2017

(57 minutes) Shoftim 12:10-15: Ivtzan, Eilon and Avdon

Shoftim 12:10-15: Ivtzan, Eilon and Avdon (yutorah.org; Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Three mini-shoftim. Why is Ivtzan linked with Boaz? Why does the Talmud portray Ivtzan/Boaz in such a bad light? And why the emphasis on the number of children of the mini-Shoftim - these, as well as Yair HaGiladi? The Rabbi Rotenberg article mentioned at the end is available at https://web.archive.org/web/20131019002857/http://orot.ac.il/publications/shmaatin/177/176-6.pdf."

(52 minutes) Ivtzan: Prequel to the Book of Ruth

Ivtzan: Prequel to the Book of Ruth (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Why does Naami tell Ruth and Orpah she has no one for them to marry, when she has Ploni Almoni and Boaz? And why doesn't Naami tell Ruth to gather grain in Boaz's field, from the start? The answer may lie with the Talmud's view of the shofeit Ivtzan, especially in light of an article by Rabbi Michael Rotenberg."

Sunday, May 21, 2017

(27 minutes) Avraham in the Shadow of Sinai

Avraham in the Shadow of Sinai (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The blessing which introduces the covenant section of Ma'amad Har Sinai (Vayyikra 26:3-13) uses some unusual wording, includes some unexpected blessings and follows a surprising sequence. Looking back into Avraham's career path may give us some direction in understanding these Berakhot."

Monday, May 15, 2017

(35 minutes) Sanhedrin 18

Sanhedrin 18 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Wolf)

(44 minutes) Iyov (Job) 27:7-23: Wickedness is punished

Iyov (Job) 27:7-23: Wickedness is punished (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"For the second time (the first was in Chapter 24), Iyov adopts the position of his visitors, declaring that wicked people suffer. Specifically, he describes wicked people suffering in the way that he has suffered. Why does he do this?"

Thursday, May 11, 2017

(57 minutes) Shoftim 11:30-11:36 - What was Yiftach's vow?

Shoftim 11:30-11:36 - What was Yiftach's vow? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Based on the wording of Shoftim 11:30-31, what did Yiftach intend to vow? And why did Yiftach and his daughter think the vow should be fulfilled?"

(54 minutes) Shoftim 11:12-31 - Diplomacy, and the Infamous Vow

Shoftim 11:12-31 - Diplomacy, and the Infamous Vow (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Yiftach's exchange with the King of Amon, and his vow to G-d."

(15 minutes) Promoting Sheva Mitzvos to Non-Jews

Ten Minute Halacha - Promoting Sheva Mitzvos to Non-Jews (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(16 minutes) Iyov (Job) 27:1-6: Iyov's First Closing Address Begins

Iyov (Job) 27:1-6: Iyov's First Closing Address Begins (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Iyov swears by the Gd who has warped his justice, declaring that he will never recant."

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

(43 minutes) Iyov (Job) 26:5-14: Divine Power

Iyov (Job) 26:5-14: Divine Power (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Iyov concludes his response to Bildad, speaking of Divine power in the Heavens."

(1 hour 2 minutes) Shoftim 11:1-11 - Let's get Yiftach!

Shoftim 11:1-11 - Let's get Yiftach! (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Yiftach's ostracism, and his negotiation with the leaders of Gilad."


Monday, May 8, 2017

(34 minutes) Hazal's Eschatology

Hazal's Eschatology (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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'The upcoming celebration of Yom ha'Atzma'ut raises heated discussions about Messianism and to what extent the miracles of the latter half of the 20th century point to a Messianic plan unfolding. These discussions often generate more heat than light; in this shiur (part 1 of 2), a number of Aggadic sources from Masekhet Sanhedrin are presented and analyzed against the backdrop of their times and ours."

(1 hour 9 minutes) 2000 Years The Jewish Odyssey 20th Century CE

2000 Years The Jewish Odyssey 20th Century CE (yutorah.org: Rabbi Pruzansky)