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Parashah Roundup: Balak 5772

 

by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein reminds us not to overlook the role of Balak as the instigator of Bilaam’s actions, and how his  legacy throughout Jewish history: link
  • R Yissocher Frand illustrates how not to confuse the Angel of Mercy with the Satan: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Dveikus between Klal Yisrael and HaShem was and is the antidote to the plans of Bilaam to coopt spirituality for his own purposes: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom, based on Midrashic methodology, explains why the Torah and Chazal contrast Avraham Avinu and Bilaam HaRasha: link
  •  R Ezra Bick explores the dialogue between Balak and Bilaam: link
  • R Ozer Glickman illustrates how to rise up like a lion: link (audio)
  • R Reuven Spolter discusses the hidden message of marital relations: link (audio)
  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Sir Jonathan Sacks  discusses the eternal vitality of Bamidbar 23:9: link 1, link 2
  • R Asher Brander, based on the teachings of the Piaseczner Rebbe ZL, HaShem Yimkam Damo in Tzav V’zirus   explains why Avodas HaShem can only be fulfilled via passionate Tefilah and Talmud Torah: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Kedushas Beis HaKnesses and saving a Jew from Shmad on Shabbos: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky explains why tents and streams, when entered without extraneous influences, and with a sense of humility, are the eternal sources of strength for the Jewish People: link, and why Bilaam personifies a person who hears the explicit message of HaShem, while simultaneously  missing the complete message: link 2, link3
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the elements of Kedusha in a Jewish home: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon , based on the commentary of Ramban, discusses whether Bilaam was a prophet: link (audio), and why Balak was overwhelmed with fear of Am Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses numerous halachic and hashkafic issues raised in this week’s Parsha during a Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains why one should never confuse a life of Hefkerus with true freedom: link (audio), and explores the true character of Bilaam: link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses Bilaam’s one eyed perspective: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explores the Halacha of Kenaim Pgin Bo and vigilante justice: link (audio)
  • R Beinish Ginsburg, based on the commentary of Netziv to Bamidbar 23:9, and Bilaam as the personification of an intelligent monotheist without morals: link (audio)
  • Shloshi  Yom Kodem Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Halachos, Hashkafa and Kinos of Tisha B’Av: link (audio)
  • R David Brofksy discusses the Halachos of the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7
  • For various views on how to constructively address the issues confronting the  next generation of Orthodoxy in North America, see: link 1, link 2, and link 3
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