Rabbi Shmuel (Richie) Lewis

About Rabbi Shmuel (Richie) Lewis

Richard Lewis served as Rosh Hayeshiva of The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem from 2003-2013. Before that he was a Senior Lecturer in Talmud and Halakha and Faculty Advisor in Jewish Law in the Center for Women in Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, and a research fellow and lecturer in the Beit Midrash program at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He received rabbinic ordination from the Schechter Institute and a Ph.D. summa cum laude from Hebrew University.

Rabbi Shmuel (Richie) Lewis

Shavuot: Freedom and Necessity at Mount Sinai

Freedom and Necessity at Mt. Sinai Sources (pdf) Freedom and Necessity at Mt. Sinai E-shiur (pdf) One of the most famous images in the Talmud is that portrayed by Rav Avdimi in Shabbat 88a; G-d held Mt Sinai over the heads of the Children of Israel and threatened: if you accept the Torah – fine, […]

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Hanukkah: Byamim HaHem u’Bzman HaZeh – the Test of Time

The Talmud relates the famous story of the pitcher of oil that miraculously burned for eight days and the mitzvah instituted by the Sages to light Hanukkah candles for eight nights.  When we perform this mitzvah we use the standard blessing formula – asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu (“who has sanctified us with His commandments and […]

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Passover: Cleaning Out Hametz

The prohibition of hametz is unique – even to own a small amount is to transgress, and it is forbidden to all Jews to have any benefit from hametz that was Jewish-owned during Pesach. The Torah itself annuls all Jewish ownership of hametz on Pesach: the only halakhic meaning of a Jew keeping it in […]

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