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Parashah Roundup: Va’era 5773


by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein discusses the differences in the level of Divine Revelation accorded to Moshe Rabbeinu and the Avos: link
  • R Yissocher Frand explains why Tefilah is the key to invoking Divine Assistance: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the education of Pharoah: link, and the inauguration of Moshe Rabbeinu: link 1, link 2 (PDF)
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Shabbos brings redemption: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explaiuns why Chazal obligated us to drink four cups of wine, and why a fifth cup is present, but is not obligatory at the Seder: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses why Moshe Rabbeinu only requested permission for a three day religious retreat: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explores why HaShem did not end the servitude of the Jewish People immediately: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald reminds us that shortness of breath and hard work ( Shmos 6: 9 ) remains an obstacle to opening their hearts and minds to Dvar HaShem: link
  • R Asher Brander explains why the plague of Barad represents the ultimate unity of HaShem and Elokim: link
  • R Ezra Bick analyzes how Moshe Rabbeinu undertook to lift the spirit of the Jewish People: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the proper place of prayer and halachos related to Shem HaShem and Halachic aspects of TuBesShevat: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses Moshe Rabbeinu’s legacy of leadership: link
  • R Hershel Schachter explains the true nature of freedom and independence: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky explains why the Torah and the Land of Israel are a Morasha , as opposed to a Yerushah: link, and why the significance of gratitude permeates the entire story of Yetzias Mitzrayim: link
  • R Elchanan Adler, based on the commentary of the Ramban, explores the various Shemos of HaShem: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses Kiddush HaShem and Yehareg Val Yaavor: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the reversal of the names of Moshe and Aharon: link (audio)
  • R Azara Berzon discusses the importance of Shliuach Eved Ivri in the context of Yetzias Mitzrayim: link (audio) and the unique nature of Makas Arbeh: link (audio)
  • R David Horwitz and R Netanel Wiederblank discuss the antimony of free will and predestination in this week’s Parsha: link (audio), link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses halachic issues entailed in entering a church: link (audio), and insights in chinuch from the four cups of wine: link (audio)
  • R Larry Rochwachs discusses free will and Pharoah: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal contrasts servitude to a temporal master to being a servant of HaShem: link as well as the positive and negative attributes of pride: link
  • R Hershel Schachter and R Avishai David contrast Makas Bchoros with the nine Makos: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein examines why Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim is a paradigm for Chinuch: link (audio), and what ethical lessons we can learn from the actions of the frogs: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David analyzes the Ten Plagues: link (audio), and explores the commentary of the Ramban on this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Hanan Balk explores the status of Moshe Rabbeinu in the Haggadah , and in Jewish tradition: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

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