Tzedaka: Supporting Torah Learning
Is it proper for yeshiva or kolel students to accept financial support to enable them to study Torah? Join Rabbi Dovid Fink and survey the opinions of the great authorities on this controversial subject.
Tzedaka: Supporting Torah Learning: Lesson 1
Professional Scholarship: Supporting Torah Learners
Torah should be studied for its own sake, not as a profession. Is there room to permit Torah learners to accept a stipend to enable them to study Torah? We will begin surveying the principle sources on this issue in today’s shiur. The accompanying link will download the materials in Hebrew. In class we will translate and analyze them.
Tzedaka: Supporting Torah Learning: Lesson 3
Professional Scholarship: Supporting Torah Learners III: The attitude of the great Rabbis seems to have changed in the course of the generations. Today we will begin to investigate the reasons they give for their revised attitude, reversing the Rambam’s position prohibiting professional scholarship.
Tzedaka: Supporting Torah Learning: Lesson 4
Professional Scholarship: Supporting Torah Learners IV: Last week we saw cases where the Rabbis violated a Torah principle in order to save the Torah from being forgotten. This week we will pursue the sources of this idea and its application in the writings of the leading authorities. May rabbinic scholars violate the prohibition of accepting charity in order to preserve the Torah?
Tzedaka: Supporting Torah Learning: Lesson 5
Professional Scholarship: Supporting Torah Learners V: In our final class we will discuss the concept of “Zevulun,and Yissachar” a financial supporter and learner of Torah who agree to a contract transferring the merit of the Torah learning to the supporter. This discussion culminates with the question: Is it possible to sell one’s place in the next world?
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.