Parashah Roundup: Ki Sisa-Parah 5770

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by Steve Brizel

Halachic Issues and the Census in the State of Israel

  • R Dr. J. David Bleich discusses the views of Rishonim, Acharonim and contemporary Poskim with respect to counting the Jewish population of the Land of Israel: link (audio)
  • R Shlomoh Riskin suggests why a census is prohibited, but why every Jew counts in his or her commitment to the Divine Mission: link
  • The Machtzis HaShekel

  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explores the individual and collective aspects of the Machtzis HaShekel: link
  • Click here to read moreSanctification of the Hands and Feet and Netilas Yadayim

  • R Asher Weiss explores the Halachos of Netilas Yadayim: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein analyzes the significance of the Halacha of Netilas Yadayim in our daily lives: link
  • The Annointment of the Oil

  • R Yissocher Frand reminds us that the Shemen HaMishcha was a catalyst for self-generated holiness: link
  • Shabbos and Mikdash

  • R Sir Lord Jonathan Sacks, R Avigdor Nevenzal, and R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the uniqueness of Shabbos as a sign between HaShem and the Jewish People and why Shabbos precludes the building of the Mikdash: link 1, link 2, link 3
  • The Sin of the Golden Calf

  • R Soloveitchik ZL explores the Hashkafic issues raised by the Chet HaEgel: link (audio)
  • R Ezra Bick explains why the Sin of the Golden Calf was a watershed event in Jewish spiritual history: link

  • R Ephraim Buchwald delves into what prompted Moshe Rabbeinu to shatter the tablets: link
  • R Asher Brander discusses HaShem’s decree, the efficacy of Teshuvah in the face of a death penalty, Moshe Rabbeinu’s Tefilos, and the contemporary repercussions of the Chet HaEgel: link
  • R Hershel Shachter discusses the role of Baalei Horaah after the Chasimas HaTalmud: link
  • R David Horwitz shows how R Yehudah HaLevi in the Kuzari defends the actions of the Jewish People: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer explores the dialogue between Moshe Rabbeinu and Hashem and the theological questions that Moshe Rabbeinu posed to HaShem: link (audio)
  • Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses numerous moral lessons of the broken tablets: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon and R David Hirsch suggest connections between Ki Sisah and Parshas Parah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Parshas Parah

  • R Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Parshas Parah reminds us to remember that the mitzvos sanctify the body and soul, regardless of our understanding or lack thereof of rationale behind the details: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky and R Yaakov Haber explain how the Mishkan and the Parah Adumah serve as an atonement for the Chet HaEgel: link 1, link 2
  • Shoalim V Dorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses Ha Lachma Anyah and the Hagaddah of the Rambam: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z Feldman and R Josh Flug discuss the Halacha of learning the Halachos of Pesach during the month preceding Pesach and other Yamim Tovim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Shalom Rosner and R Zvi Sobolofksy discuss various aspects of Hilcos Pesach relating to the kashering of Kelim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenisgberg discusses numerous Halachos related to Matzah Shmurah: link (audio)
  • R Aharon Kahn analyzes a critical passage in Magid-Vchol Dor VaDor: link (audio)
  • Dr. Rivkah Blau explains why the Seder is a Beis Medrash experience: link (audio)
  • R Mordchai Willig discusses the shiurim of the Seder: 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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