Parashah Roundup: Miketz-Chanukah 5769

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by Steve Brizel

Yosef’s Dreams and Pharoah’s Dreams

  • R. Amnon Bazak explains the relationship between Yosef’s dreams and his interpretation of Pharoah’s dreams:link
  • R. Yissocher Frand reminds us that we should not remind someone that we have done a favor for of that fact: link
  • R. Yitzchak Adlerstein, based upon the Nesivos Shalom, impresses upon us the importance of Chesed on a daily basis and why our daily Avodah must have elements of Aseh Tov and SurMeRah: link
  • R. Mayer Twersky posits Yosef as a role model for every Torah observant Jew should behave in the workplace: link
  • Click here to read moreYaakov and Yosef

  • R. Ezra Bick explores the relationship between Yaakov and Yosef,and why Yehudah assumes the role of leadership: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald, based upon the Malbim, notes that while that the Halacha rejects Midah Kneged Midah, there are instances where Midah Kneged Midah in this Parsha and elsewhere in Tanach can serve as a basis to explain a Biblical narrative: link
  • Yosef’s Reunion with his Brothers

  • R. Berel Wein reminds us that tears of hope can erase from our vision scenes of trials and tribulations, failures and weaknesses: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom discusses many issues raised by the reunion of Yosef and his brothers: link
  • R. Michael Rosensweig explains why Yosef did not just forgive his brothers totally: link (audio)
  • R. Dovid Horwitz, based in part on a Chumash shiur by Rav Soloveitchik zt”l, exhorts us to remember to exercise our free will in a positive manner so as to avoid the need for the recognition made by Yosef’s brothers of the gravity of their errors: link
  • R. Avraham Gordimer explains the significance of Yosef’s goblet in the reunion between Yosef and his brothers: <a href=””s_Goblet”>link
  • R. Baruch Simon explores why Yosef named one of his sons Menashe: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks explains why Yosef did not recognize his brothers (and why Chanukah is a home centered holiday: link
  • Shabbos Channukah

    Avraham, Gidon and the Hasmoneans

  • R. Yaakov Medan explains the rationales of Avraham Avinu, Gidon and the Hasmoneans in going to war: link
  • The Menorah, the War , Judaism and Greek Culture

  • R. Aharon Lichenstein warns not to divorce the State of Israel from Torah and reminds us of the differences between the Greek and Jewish perspectives in all cultural and religious goals: link 1, link 2
  • R. Avigdor Nevenzal explains why Channukah includes a strong element of Hakaras Hatov: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein emphasizes the elements of restoration and innovation in Channukah: link
  • Hilchos Channukah

  • R. Hershel Schachter discusses Hadlakas Neros Channukah on Erev Shabbos and Motzaei Shabbos: link (audio)
  • R. Asher Weiss discusses Zman Hadlakas Ner Channukah and Ner Channukah and Hidur Mitzvah: link
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb explores the unique role of Hiddur Mitzvah in Hilcos Channukah: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin asks why there was a need for a miracle of the cruise of oil in addition to the miracle of the military victory: link
  • Last year’s roundup: link

    About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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, 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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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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