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Parashah Roundup: Vayera 5773


by Steve Brizel

  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses lessons of Chesed that we learn from the Avos , and Avraham Avinu as the epitome of Midas HaChesed: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks and R Berel Wein explain why Avraham Avinu offered hospitality to his guest before he listened to HaShem: link 1 (PDF), link 2
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the comments of R Yakov Kamenetsky ZL in Emes L’Yaakov, explains why Avraham Avinu’s appeal on behalf of the residents of Sodom represented the true proof that Avraham Avinu was a Baal Chesed: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains why Avrhaham Avinu was commanded to offer a Korban Olah, and contrasts the life and achievements of Avraham Avinu and Nachor: link
  • The Netziv (Harchev Davar 21:3), as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why the name Yitzchak relates to Chok, the sustenance understood by Chazal in Beitzah 16a that is fixed and allocated to each person by Divine Providence: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Avraham Avinu commenced his life as a Baal Chesed after undergoing Bris Milah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores Avraham Avinu’s negotiations and the destruction of Sodom: link 1, link 2, link 3 (PDF)
  • R Ephraim Buchwald suggests contemporary lessons that we can and should learn from the destruction of Sodom: link
  • R Asher Brander investigates the motives of Sarah Imeinu in seeking the expulsion of Hagar and Yishmael: link
  • R Ezra Bick discusses numerous insights that can be discerned from the new stage in the life of Avraham Avinu that unfolds in this week’s Parsha: link
  • R Herschel Schachter, based on a famous Teshuvah of the Netziv in ShuT HaEmek Davar , explains how we can have both Ahavas HaShem and Yoras Shamayim: link, and why young rabbanim engaged in kiruv or other similar goals, should avoid developing a messiah complex: link; and the important roles of Rif, Rii MiGash and RaN: link (audio)<-li>
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains how we can feel and experience HaShem’s Presence in Torah life: li k, and the influence of the Avos on Kodshim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), as well as Divine Providence, Fear of HaShem and Sefer Koheles: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsly explains why Avraham Avinu rejected a secular sense of ethical propriety: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Mitzvah Midrabanan of Eruv Tavshilin: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Neuberger, quoting the advice of R Yaakov Kamenetsky ZL, suggests that we involve other adults and children in acts of chesed, we do so in a manner that emphasizes the greatness of their contributions, as opposed to understating their efforts: link And the nature of the tests of Avraham Avinu: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon analyzes various Limudim in Avodas HaShem: link (audio) and Midas HaZerizus: link (audio), and the power of preparation in the fulfillment of Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman explores the relationship between Midas HaEmes and Midas HaShalom: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter, R Dovid Gottlieb, R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Yonasan Sacks discuss the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal reminds us that the world is built upon Chesed: link
  • R Azara Berzon explores a major dispute between Rambam and Ramban with respect to the visit of the three angels to Avraham Avinu and other similar passages in the Torah: link (audio), and why Sodom was punished so severely: link (audio)
  • R Reuven Spolter discusses the three instances of disagreement between Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu in this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Hanan Balk examines the element of personal need in Prayer: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses various elements of Chinuch in this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses Dchiyas Issurim and implementing the Ratzon HaTorah: link (audio)
  • R Avisahi David explores various aspects of the commentary of the Ramban on this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Michoel Zylberman discusses the halachic issues involved in eating meat after dairy: link (audio)

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