Studying the Essays of R. Aharon Lichtenstein

aharon_lichtenstein_lpR. Aharon Lichtenstein, Z”L, who passed away earlier this year, was both a profound Tora scholar and exceptionally erudite with respect to the major thinkers of Western Civilization. Each of his essays devoted to important themes and topics in Jewish life are replete with multiple references derived from both the Jewish and general studies traditions. As such, he was one of the most exemplary individuals for all those for whom Tora U’Madda is an important value. I consider myself indeed fortunate to have studied in his Shiurim both in Yeshiva University and at the Gruss Institute in Yerushalayim.

At the behest of our son Dani, who also studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion for two years, I have undertaken to develop study units based upon the Judaic content of a number of his essays that will enable the reader to access R. Lichtenstein’s thought more readily and understandably.

Click here to read Rabbi Bieler’s essay “Remembering R. Aharon Lichtenstein”.


 

Purim 5776

On March 17, 2016 Rabbi Bieler gave a shiur on Purim which was based upon a talk that R. Aharon Lichtenstein gave in 5770 – “‘Because They Partook of the Feast of the Wicked One’: The Sin at the Root of the Purim Story” by R. Aharon Lichtenstein”

Listen to the audio shiur by clicking the play button below.  Click here to view the source material.


The links to R. Aharon’s essays below will be followed by the individual study units that the essay has generated.

The educational units below have been publicized on Bar Ilan University’s Lookstein Center for Jewish Education’s Lookjed listserve. The essay that accompanied the announcement of these units can be read by clicking here.


List of current essays:

  1. Jewish Philanthropy—Whither?
  2. Beyond the Pale? Reflections Regarding Contemporary Relations with Non-Orthodox Jews
  3. Of Marriage – Relationship and Relations
  4. Diaspora Religious Zionism: Some Current Reflections
  5. Contemporary Impediments to Yirat Shamayim
  6. On Raising Children

Essay 1: Jewish Philanthropy—Whither?

Link to the article: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/749383/Rabbi_Dr_Aharon_Lichtenstein/Jewish_Philanthropy%E2%80%94Whither

Unit 1: Beraishit 18 v. 19
Unit 2a: BB 9a
Unit 2b: BB 9a II
Unit 2c: BB 10a
Unit 2d: BB 10a
Unit 3: RaMBaM Matanot Aniyim 10.1,2
Unit 4: Yeshayahu 45.18
Unit 5: RaMBaM Melachim 10.14
Unit 6: Mechilta Mishpatim 4
Unit 7: VaYikra 25, Devarim 15
Unit 8: Arachin 6a b
Unit 9: Bava Metzia 62a
Unit 10: Horayot 13a
Unit 11: Eiruvin 63a
Unit 12: Bava Metzia 33a, 30a
Unit 13: Tanya
Unit 14: RaMBaM Gezeila VeAveida
Unit 15: RaMBaM Matanot Aniyim 9.3
Unit 16: ShuT MaHaRIK I

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Essay 2: Beyond the Pale? Reflections Regarding Contemporary Relations with Non-Orthodox Jews

Link to the article: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/749581/Rabbi_Dr-_Aharon_Lichtenstein/Beyond_the_Pale?_Reflections_Regarding_Contemporary_Relations_with_Non-Orthodox_Jews

Unit 1: Beraishit 1.1 Rashi Ramban R. Bachya
Unit 2: Rambam sefer hamitzvot, mishneh tora
Unit 3: Rambam commentary on Mishna Sanhedrin
Unit 4: Rambam commentary on Mishna Sanhedrin
Unit 5: Tehilim 122
Unit 6: Nishmat, Meloch Al Kol HaOlam
Unit 7: Kiddushin, Yoma, Berachot, Sanhedrin
Unit 8: Kol Nidre Liturgy
Unit 9: Rosh HaShana 17a 18a
Unit 10: RaShI VaYikra 19 15, Sanhedrin 47a
Unit 11: Eiruvin 13b
Unit 12: Yerushalmi Shabbat 16 1
Unit 13: Iggrot Moshe
Unit 14: VaYikra 22 32, RaMBaM
Unit 15a: Shevuot 37b 38b
Unit 15b: Sota 37 Kol Yisrael Areivim
Unit 15c: Rosh HaShana Kol Yirael Areivim
Unit 16: Sanhedrin 73a
Unit 17: Bava Metzia 31a
Unit 18: Bava Kamma 69a
Unit 19: Bava Metzia 48b
Unit 20: Shabbat 68b
Unit 21: Sanhedrin 26b
Unit 22: RaMBaN BaMidbar 15
Unit 23: Menachot 110a
Unit 24: Zevachim 3a,b
Unit 25: Tehillim 122,3

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Essay 3: Of Marriage – Relationship and Relations

Link to the article: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/725299/Rabbi_Dr-_Aharon_Lichtenstein/Of_Marriage-_Relationship_and_Relations

Unit 1: Chagiga 11b
Unit 2a: Ketubot 85a
Unit 2b: Shabbat 140a
Unit 3: Bava Metzia 59a I
Unit 4: Kohelet 4 9
Unit 5: Tur Shulchan Aruch
Unit 6: ROSh Ketubot
Unit 7: Yeshayahu 45 18
Unit 8: Kohelet 9 9
Unit 9: Sanhedrin 76b
Unit 10: RaMBaM Yesodei HaTora 7 6
Unit 11: Megilla 14a b
Unit 12: Sanhedrin 7a
Unit 13: RaMBaM Hilchot Shabbat 30 14
Unit 14: Iggeret HaKodesh
Unit 15: Berachot 21 b 22a
Unit 16: Ketubot 62b
Unit 17: Sota 47a
Unit 18: Bava Kamma 69a
Unit 19: ShLA, R. Kook, Rav

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Essay 4: Diaspora Religious Zionism: Some Current Reflections

Link to the article: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/730117/Rabbi_Dr._Aharon_Lichtenstein/Diaspora_Religious_Zionism:_Some_Current_Reflections

Unit 1: Sifre, Yoreh Deah 251
Unit 2: Yirmiyahu, Tehillim
Unit 3: RaMBaN
Unit 4: RaMBaM
Unit 5: Sota 14a
Unit 6: RaMBaN on doing Mitzvot outside of Israel
Unit 7: Devarim 11, Taanit 12
Unit 8: RaMBaN, Nedarim
Unit 9: Tosafot Ketubot
Unit 10: Igrot Moshe
Unit 11: Terumat HaDeshen
Unit 12: R. Aharon
Unit 13: Megilla 14
Unit 14: Rosh HaShana 30
Unit 15: Yeshayahu

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Essay 5: Contemporary Impediments to Yirat Shamayim

Link to the article: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/728738/Rabbi_Dr._Aharon_Lichtenstein/Contemporary_Impediments_to_Yirat_Shamayim

Unit 1: Mesilat Yesharim
Unit 2: Chovot HaLevavot
Unit 3: Devarim
Unit 4: RaMBaM
Unit 5: RaMBaM Mishneh Tora
Unit 6: Yoma
Unit 7: Shabbat, Ketubot, ShuT HaRamBaM
Unit 8a: Beraishit
Unit 8b: Kohelet
Unit 9: RaMBaM Deot, Avoda Zora I
Unit 10: Devarim 11
Unit 11: BaMidbar 15:39
Unit 12: RaMBaM Yesodei HaTora 1:3
Unit 13: Pesachim 56a
Unit 14: Bava Batra 75a
Unit 15: Devarim, Shulchan Aruch
Unit 16: Sota 47a
Unit 17: Kiddushin 30b
Unit 18: Berachot 54a
Unit 19: RaMBaM Freedom of Choice
Unit 20: Devarim 29, Yirmiyahu 16
Unit 21: Moreh Nevuchim
Unit 22: Devarim 32
Unit 23: Beraishit 1
Unit 24: Beraishit, Yeshayahu, RaMBaM
Unit 25: Beraishit 1, RaMBaM Shabbat
Unit 26: Beraishit, Tehillim, Yirmiyahu
Unit 27: Tora, RaShi, RaMBaN, Talmud
Unit 28: Ketuvim, Midrash
Unit 29: Avot
Unit 30: Tehillim, Beraishit
Unit 31: Tora, Ketuvim
Unit 32: Tehillim
Unit 33: Talmud, Chumash

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Essay 6: On Raising Children

The essay “On Raising Children” is based upon a Sicha (verbal presentation) that was delivered at Yeshivat Har Etzion on July 1, 2007

Link to the article: http://etzion.org.il/en/raising-children

Unit 1: Sukka 42ab RaMBaM Talmud Tora 1:6
Unit 2: Entzyklopedia Talmudit definition of Chinuch
Unit 3: Sota 14a, Shabbat 31a
Unit 4: Nidda, Hartman
Unit 5: RaMBaM Talmud Tora
Unit 6: Jonathan Sacks
Unit 7: The example of Moshe Rabbeinu
Unit 8: Gershom and Eliezer
Unit 9: R. Yitzchak Hutner
Unit 10: The Rav re Avraham and Yitzchak
Unit 11: Mishna Sanhedrin, Devarim 7
Unit 12: Kiddushin 32, Beraishit 44
Unit 13: Mishlei 13, Makot 8a, Shemot Rabba 1
Unit 14: Shemot, Devarim, Beraishit Dibur vs. Amira
Unit 15: R. Aviner
Unit 16: Beraishit, Shabbat 10b, RaMBaM
Unit 17: Unterman
Unit 18: Beraishit, BaMidbar, BaMidbar Rabba

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