Thursday, February 23, 2017

(45 minutes) 2000 Years The Jewish Odyssey 9th Century CE

2000 Years The Jewish Odyssey 9th Century CE (yutorah.org: Rabbi Pruzansky)

(1 hour) When Science and Torah Clash 8: Spontaneous Generation

When Science and Torah Clash 8: Spontaneous Generation (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Concluding the series. The Sages appear to have believed in spontaneous generation, and certain halachos appear to rest on the assumption that there is spontaneous generation, but Louis Pasteur appears to have proved that there is no such thing. Could the Sages be wrong? And should the halachah change?"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

(28 minutes) Shirat Hayam: Why Here, Why Now?

Shirat Hayam: Why Here, Why Now? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The "Song at the Sea" (Shirat haYam), surely the highlight of Parashat Beshalach, is an anomaly in Humash. We might expect that this song be presented in Tehillim; Haza"l teach that many of the Psalms were composed during the period of Yetziat Mitzrayim. A proposal as to the significance of the inclusion of Shirat haYam into the narrative, along with addressing several other difficulties in the Exodus narrative, are dealt with in this shiur."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

(19 minutes) When Science and Torah Clash 3: The Copernicus Problem

When Science and Torah Clash 3: The Copernicus Problem (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Introducing the problem: Why was the heliocentric model put forth by Copernicus a problem for Jewish thinkers?"

(39 minutes) Moshe's Encounters Read As Prologue

Moshe's Encounters Read As Prologue (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Mosheh's three encounters after his adoption into the palace are rife with internal difficulties; riding above all of that is the general question of what the text is trying to teach us by including these three incidents. A detailed and careful read of the text reveals numerous difficulties which perhaps point to a larger overall solution - which is proposed in this shiur."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

(55 minutes) Shoftim 7:15-8:3 - Gidon's Third Mission, and the First Decline

Shoftim 7:15-8:3 - Gidon's Third Mission, and the First Decline (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"The war against Midian, with a troubling rallying cry; and then Ephraim's remarkable protest, and Gidon's even more remarkable response."

(12 minutes) Yigdal

Ten Minute Halacha - Yigdal (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(36 minutes) When Science and Torah Clash 2: The Cow that Wouldn't Die

When Science and Torah Clash 2: The Cow that Wouldn't Die (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"A 13th century discovery of an animal that exhibited a tereifah, but allegedly lived beyond twelve months. Rashba's response, and what it teaches us about laws that are not driven exclusively by the natural world."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

(12 minutes) Adon Olam

Ten Minute Halacha - Adon Olam (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(1 hour) When Science and Torah Clash 6: The Age of the Universe 2

When Science and Torah Clash 6: The Age of the Universe 2 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Responses to the apparent conflict between the biblical account of creation and record of the years since, and the observations of science and explaanatory theories of scientists. Reinterpretation of Bereishit, Re-examination of early Torah sources, and Adoption of minority scientific views."

(23 minutes) When Science and Torah Clash 5: The Age of the Universe

When Science and Torah Clash 5: The Age of the Universe (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Where does the 5777 number come from? Where does the NASA number come from? What problems does this create? And the beginning of a look at responses."

(40 minutes) The Four Sons

The Four Sons (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"In the middle of Parashat Bo, the Torah abruptly shifts from narrative to law. An introduction to the presentation of Law in the Torah is given, with some of the broad principles of that presentation - and then a great exception to those principles - the four mentions of the Mitzvah to educate our children about Yetziat Mitzrayim. The Midrash Halakhah of the "Four Sons" is presented "bottom-up", following the presumed observations, questions and conclusions of the Ba'alei haMidrash."

(36 minutes) Sanhedrin 12

Sanhedrin 12 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Wolf)

Monday, January 23, 2017

(58 minutes) Shoftim 7:9-14 - Gidon's Second Mission and Third Sign

Shoftim 7:9-14 - Gidon's Second Mission and Third Sign (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Gidon reduces his army at Divine command, and is given a sign of encouragement via a Midianite dream prior to going to war."

(58 minutes) Iyov (Job) 25:1-26:4: Bildad's Last, and Iyov's Sarcasm

Iyov (Job) 25:1-26:4: Bildad's Last, and Iyov's Sarcasm (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Bildad gives brief last remarks, including the declaration that Iyov - like every other being - cannot be found just in Gd's eyes. Iyov begins his sarcastic response."