Nov 25, 2015
Parshat Vayishlach - Anyone Who Says Reuven Sinned, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
Our Sages were torn over whether the incident between Reuven and Bilha was a terrible sin or a minor misdemeanor. What can our analysis of the incident teach us about Reuven's role in his interactions with his various family members...
Nov 18, 2015
Parshat Vayetze - Beit El, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
Beit El plays a critical role in Parashat Vayetze, and indeed, in several places throughout the Tanakh. What can Beit El's location and its relationship with Jerusalem tell us about its sanctity and its significance for the people of Israel?
Nov 13, 2015
Recollections of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l, by Rav Hershel Schachter
R. Schachter explains why he could not speak about R. Aharon immediately after he passed away, and spends 41 minutes describing his rebbe, R. Aharon. "R. Aharon had such a tremendous influence on all of us." He cries, and laughs, and at...
Nov 11, 2015
Parshat Toldot - Esav's Merit, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
Chazal's portrayal of Esav as a wicked murderer does not quite match the relatively mild description of Esav in the actual text of the Torah. How can we explain this discrepancy, and what does it mean for us today?
Nov 2, 2015
Parshat Chayei Sara, Ketura, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
What is the connection between the rabbinic dispute over the identity of Ketura and the people of Israel's covenantal claim to the Greater Land of Israel, between the Nile and the Euphrates?