Posted June 15, 2010
Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to share shiurim and lectures, both in print and via audio recordings with a wide group of participants. In order to make this material available in an easier format and potentially to a larger audience, I have a new web site that will highlight my printed material, my audio lectures and my shiurim. I am grateful to Ioana Apostol and Dov Friedman, who have created this aesthetically pleasing and very user-friendly website.
In addition to the lectures and shiurim, I have added a Blog feature in which I will be able to share my thoughts and ideas with a wider audience. I encourage you to sign up to receive this Blog entry which I will update on a regular basis and I look forward to hearing from you.
In one of my recent lecture series, I discussed the history of Jewish prayer and how it evolved following the destruction of the Temple. The Vilna Gaon asked the following question concerning the formulation of the paragraph that we recite at the conclusion of the Amidah. We say, “May it be Your will God….that the Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days and grant us a share in Your Torah.” The Vilna Goan commented that the prayer to rebuild the Temple concludes the Amidah because our prayers are substitutes for the Temple sacrifices. He questioned, however, why we include a request for a share in God’s Torah at the conclusion of the Amidah. The Vilna Gaon explained that in the Messianic era, there will no longer be any distinction between the holy and the secular. Everything will be infused with the sacredness of the Torah and its relevance to our lives. We pray, at the conclusion of the Amidah, to have a share in that special Torah which will be evident at the time of the Messiah when the Temple is rebuilt.
We have not yet reached the Messianic era, but I hope that sharing Torah through this new website will bring us one step closer to the realization of this dream.
- A Study of Halachic and Cultural Responses to Jewish Crisis and Tragedy
- American Jewish Translations of the Torah
- Biblical Studies
- Court Jews: Jews and Judaism on Trial Throughout the Centuries
- Development of Jewish Law
- Glimpses into the religious Lives of Early Modern European Jewry
- Halakhah in the Post-Shulhan Arukh Period
- History and Theology: The Thirteen Principles of Rambam
- History of the Yeshivot in LIthuania
- How Did the Rabbis of Early Modern Times Interpret the Bible?
- Jewish History
- Jewish Theology
- Judaism Confronts Modernity: Jewish Experiences in the Nineteenth Century
- Medieval Biblical Commentators Respond to the Torah and Their Surroundings
- Rabbinic Judaism
- Rabbinic Narratives
- Rabbinical Semiaries in America
- Yeshivot in the Land of Israel