Parashah Roundup: Kedoshim 5768

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by Steve Brizel

Yom HaShoah

  • R. Yehudah Amital reminds us that the key to any Torah understanding of the Holocaust is to never diminish its uniqueness as a historical event and that man must always place his trust in God, as opposed to man R”L seeking to either blame God or invoke theodicy based arguments: link
  • Kedoshim Tihyu

  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom explains that the constant refrain of “Ani HaShem” is designed to remind us of the goal that each mitzvah has in our building a Torah based society: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand explains why Kedoshim Tihiyu required a massed assembly in light of a well known dispute between Rashi and Ramban: link
  • R. Berel Wein reminds us that Jews must act in their everyday lives in a manner that exemplifes Kedushah: link
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  • R. Jonathan Sacks explores the meaning of Kedoshim Tihiyu in light of the well-known comment of Ramban and a not so well view of the Rambam in the first chapter of Hilchos Deos: link
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky suggests that the theme of Morah in relating to parents and Talmidie Chachamim is to remind us of Maamad Har Sinai: link
  • R. Mayer Twersky discusses how a Jew should sanctify his life: link
  • R. Yitzchok Adlerstein, based upon the Nesivos Shalom, suggests that all of the mitzvos in this week’s Parsha are tools for attaining Kedusha in one’s life: link
  • R. Yaacov Haber (Torahlab) asks whether we really want to be holy: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald elaborates upon the many halachos of doing business in a forthright manner: link (Mazel tov on his son’s forthcoming Chasunah!)
  • The Repetition of Issurei Arayos

  • R. Amnon Bazak suggests an explanation why Issurei Ayraos are seemingly repeated after being recently set forth in Parshas Acharei Mos: link
  • Bearing Revenge

  • R. Aharon Lichenstein, based upon a reading of two different halachos in the Rambam, suggests that Avodah Zarah and the bearing of revenge are prohibited for the same reason: link (DOC)
  • Hocheach Tocheach

  • The Chavos Yair (as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass) explores how to give rebuke in a positive manner: link
  • Lifnei Iver

  • R. Dovid Gottlieb (Morah D’Asrah of Shomrei Emunah and Baal Mchaber Sefer Ateres Yaakov) discusses the halachic and hashkafic aspects of Lifnei Iver: link (audio)
  • The Mitzvah of Orlah

  • R. Baruch Simon, in his weekly shiur, explores the halachic and hashkafic aspects of this mitzvah: link (audio)
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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