Author Archives: Mosheh Lichtenstein

Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein is a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Impeachment, Kohanim and Judges

by R. Mosheh Lichtenstein Part of a series on Jewish Political Theory – Hilkhot Melakhim – ed. I. Impeachment The first issue which must be briefly addressed is the authority of impeachment. Can a ruler be impeached, and, if so, by whom? The Abarbanel, in his commentary on the Torah Devarim 17, pp. 170-171), already pointed out the paucity of Halakhic ...

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Korach and His Following

by R. Mosheh Lichtenstein Korach’s rebellion marks the end of the chapter of Benei Yisrael’s sojourn in the wilderness that we have discussed over these last several weeks. At first glance, no connection seems to exist between Korach’s personal-ideological struggle against Moshe and the sin of the scouts. Korach wages a battle that flows from jealousy, desire and honor, which, ...

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Moshe Rabbeinu: The Hidden Years

by R. Mosheh Lichtenstein “And Moshe agreed to dwell with the man, and he gave Tzippora, his daughter, to Moshe. And she bore a son and he called him Gershom, for he said: ‘I have been a stranger in a strange land.’ And it came to pass during those many days that the king of Egypt died, and the children ...

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Moshe’s Leadership and the Transition of Generations

By Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein I. “Moshe Grew Angry” Moshe’s angry response to the incident of Mei Meriva differs drastically from all of his prior responses to Benei Yisrael’s repeated complaints and grumbling. Previously, Moshe and Aharon had prayed on their behalf and often appealed to them to turn to God rather than quarrel. Even during the severe crisis at Kivrot ...

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Moshe Rabbeinu: The Hidden Years

by Mosheh Lichtenstein “And Moshe agreed to dwell with the man, and he gave Tzippora, his daughter, to Moshe. And she bore a son and he called him Gershom, for he said: ‘I have been a stranger in a strange land.’ And it came to pass during those many days that the king of Egypt died, and the children of ...

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People and Objects

The location of the episode of Yehuda and Tamar, inserted by the Torah in the very midst of the Yosef story, requires explanation. The Torah seems to insist on relating the story of the older brother Yehuda before it has concluded that of his younger brother Yosef. Though well into the story of Yosef, the story line is interrupted and ...

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