Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh/Purim 5770

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by Steve Brizel

An Overview of the Parsha

  • R Ezra Bick discusses why this week’s Parsha includes the Karban Tamid and the ceremonies related to the eighth day: link
  • The Clothes of the Kohanim

  • R Berel Wein explains the significance of the Bigdei Kohanim: link
  • R Yissocher Frand and R Ephraim Buchwald discuss why both the Urim and Tumim were necessary, and the configuration of the Urim and Tumim: link 1, link 2
  • R Asher Brander discusses the unique elements of the Choshen (breastplate) and the Ephod (apron): link
  • Click here to read moreThe Kohen and a Kingdom of Priests

  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains how many Halachos and Minhagim express the fact that every Jew belongs to a Mamleches Kohanim: link
  • The Menorah

  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains the the hidden light in the olive tree: link
  • The Tzitz

  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein suggests why the Torah seemingly omits the Tzitz from the Bigdei Kehunah: link
  • Karbanos, Avos, the Kohen Gadol, the Navi and Tefilah

  • R Sir Lord Jonathan Sacks reminds us that Tefilah is rooted both in the spontaneous actions of a Navi and the fixed actions of the Kohen Gadol: link
  • Ketores

  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains the unique function of the Ketores: link
  • The Midos of Aharon HaKohen

  • R Mordechai Willig urges us to emulate Aharon HaKohen and the Gdolei Yisrael who brought Torah to America , who taught and exemplified honesty and love of all people: link
  • Taanis Esther

  • R Yonassan Sacks discusses the unique nature of Taanis Esther: link
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses Hilcos Taanis Esther: link (audio)
  • Parshas Zachor

  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the connection between Parshas Zacor and Purim: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Shachter explores the ongoing nature of the war against Amalek: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the halachic requirement of Parshas Zachor: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon explains how we can defeat Amalek with dignity and discusses the Halachos of Parshas Zachor: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz discusses a contemporary application of the issue of whether we can accept Gerim from Amalek: link (audio)
  • R Avraham Gordimer, based on Rashi’s comment to Devarim 25:17, explains why Purim serves to deny the philosophical view of “Mikreh” advanced by Amalek: link
  • Hester Panim

  • R David Horwitz discusses the impact of Hester Panim on Jewish history: link
  • R Eli Baruch Shulman explores the relationship between Hester Panim, Purim and Kabalas HaTorah: link
  • Purim

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses many of the halachic and hashkafic themes of Purim: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the obligation to read Megilas Esther with a minyan: link (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig suggests that by elevating the physical , acts of Tzedaka and a meal that is marked by Divrei Torah and self-restraint, Purim atones for the weakening of our hands in Refidim: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses the Kedushas HaYom of Purim: link (audio)
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig explains why Esther HaMalkah was a model of initiative, continuity and Tikun: link (audio)
  • R Yonassan Sacks, based on the well known comment of Ramban to Shemos 13:16, reminds us that we must recognize HaShem for both His indescribable wonders and the constant miracles with which He blesses us during every day of our lives: link
  • R Avishai David discusses miracles and the “way of nature” , based on a series of comments of Ramban’s commentary: link
  • R Assaf Bednarsh explores a well known Machlokes between Rav Soloveitchik ZL and the Brisker Rav ZL with respect to Mikrah Megillah: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon explores a statement in the Talmud that reading the Megilah is analogous to reciting Hallel: link (audio)
  • R Aryeh Leibowitz discusses reading the names of Haman’s ten sons in one breadth: link (audio)
  • R Shalom Rosner discusses the Halacha of drinking on Purim: link (audio)
  • R Josh Flug discusses the Mitzvah of Matanos LeEvyonim and the Purim Seudah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z Feldman and R Shalom Rosner discuss the halachic issues with respect to Mishloach Manos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein explains how we elevate the physical into the spiritual domain on Purim: link (audio)
  • Shoalim Vdorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses Avdus and Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim: link (audio)
  • 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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