Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer at Diaspora Yeshiva, is not only a popular speaker and teacher, but also a dynamic thinker and writer. A student of Harav Yaakov Kamenetsky and Harav Gedalia Schorr, Rabbi Sprecher was granted smicha (rabbinical ordination) by Torah Vodaath Yeshiva. Prior to his current position, Rabbi Sprecher was a professor of Judaic studies at Touro College in New York. In addition to his duties at Diaspora Yeshiva, Rabbi Sprecher writes a regular column on various Judaic topics in the Jewish Press, and lectures regularly at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.
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 Yom Kipur's Goal - Compassion for the Needy!  .: Viewed: 2158 times :.
The Mishna in Yoma 8 states, "Sins that are between a person and his friend are not atoned for on Yom Kipur." One cannot offend and harm another person and ask for forgiveness from G-d. Forgiveness must be asked and can only come from the person that we hurt, and only he can pardon us. Thus, on the morning of Yom Kipur we read the amazing words of the prophet, Yeshayahu, (Ch.58) where he...
Published: September 3, 2015
 Yona's Dilemma –Commit Suicide to Save Others?  .: Viewed: 2584 times :.
Was throwing Yona into the sea to save the sailors on the ship in accordance with Halachah? May one person be killed to save the lives of many people? Sanhedrin 74b teaches: Regarding any of the sins in the Torah, if a person is told "Violate it and you will not be killed, " he should violate it. The only exceptions are idolatry, sexual sin and murder…And how do we know that this...
Published: September 16, 2014
 Yona's Sailors Dilemma: Kill One to Save Many?  .: Viewed: 3570 times :.
Was throwing Yona into the sea to save the sailors on the boat in accordance with Halachah or not? Sanhedrin 74b teaches: Regarding any of the sins in the Torah, if a person is told "Violate it and you will not be killed, " he should violate it. The only exceptions are idolatry, sexual sin and murder…And how do we know that this applies to murder? It stands to reason… Can one...
Published: September 4, 2011
 Yosef – The Viceroy in Galut  .: Viewed: 1549 times :.
"And the name of his second son Yosef called Ephraim, for G-d has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction" (Bereshit 41:52). When Yosef's two sons were born, he gave them names which reflected particular circumstances in his life. The older son he called Menashe (making to forget), because, he said, "G-d has made me forget all the sorrow of my father's house", meaning the evil that...
Published: December 26, 2017
 Yosef's Brothers See the Light  .: Viewed: 1270 times :.
“Yosef’s brothers then said one to another, but we are guilty concerning our brother as we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us and we paid no attention, that is why this anguish has come upon us.” (Bereshis 42:21) This verse describes how Yosef’s brothers became introspective on experiencing the strange and cruel behavior of the Egyptian Viceroy...
Published: December 16, 2019
 Yosef's Land of Affliction  .: Viewed: 2304 times :.
"And the name of his second son he called Ephraim, for G-d has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction", (Bereshit 41:52). When Yosef's two sons were born, he gave them names which reflected particular circumstances in his life. The older son he called Menashe (making to forget), because, he said, "G-d has made me forget all the sorrow of my father's house",meaning the evil that his...
Published: November 13, 2013
 Yosef’s Brothers and the Blood Libel  .: Viewed: 1487 times :.
We Jews have been accused of various heinous crimes throughout our long and tragic history. Perhaps, the most devastating accusation we have faced is the Blood Libel - murdering Christian children and then using their blood for baking Matzoh on Pesach. Of course, this vile accusation is absolutely ludicrous and false. The Torah warns us numerous times never to taste any blood. We are...
Published: December 20, 2018
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