Parashah Roundup: Behar-Bechukosai 5770

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by Steve Brizel

Parshas Behar

  • R Berel Wein explains why Torah Mi Sinai , both as to Torah Shebicsav and Torah SheBaal Peh, remains the point of departure for all deviationist movements: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks explains how Shemittah and Yovel reflect the Kedushah of Shabbos and Yom Tov: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, R Avigdor Nevenzal and R Yitzchak Etshalom explains why the mitzvah of Shemittah was chosen to teach us the scope of Divine Revelation: link 1, link 2, link 3
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains why the Torah uses the word “Dror” to describe the state of freedom in the Yovel year: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Halachos of Ribis and Onaah: link
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the commentary of the Sforno, explains why the prohibition against cheating is followed by a reminder that “I am the Lord, your God: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explores the unique aspects and halachos of a Ger Toshav: link
  • R Baruch Simon explores how both Parshiyos remind us of the need to be satisfied with less in our lives: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the propriety of resorting to alternative medicine: link (audio)
  • Parshas Bchukosai

  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL explores reward and punishment for Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom , as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explores the views of Rashi and Rambam in the rewards of toiling in Torah: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the meaning of Ameilus BaTorah: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why intense, undistracted Torah study is perceived as an expression and perhaps a method of cultivating a commitment to chukim, generally associated with dimension of surrender and pure commitment in religious life, and why its absence, as portrayed in Rashi’s commentary to Vayikra 26:14 has catastrophically negative consequences: link
  • R David Horwitz discusses Ramban’s well known explanation of the Tochacha in Parshas Bchukosai and why it corresponds only to Churban Bayis Rishon and why belief in Olam HaBaah is not mentioned in the Tochacha: link 1, link 2
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the comments of R Meir Shapiro ZL., and R Elchanan Wasserman HaShem Yimkam Damo, as related to R Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman ZL, explains why the order of the Avos was inverted in the Tochachah: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why the curses and consolation, having both occurred in the history of the Jewish People, demonstrate the eternity of the Jewish People: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein discusses reconciling considerations of building a just society with the settlement of the Land of Israel and reminds us to remember our status and proportion to HaShem and acknowledge the miracles that HaShem has performed us, but especially so during the time period from Yom HaAtzmaut to Yom Yerushalayim: link 1, link 2
  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses Mesorah and Gerus: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the Mesorah of Torah SheBaal Peh, the relationship between Torah Shebicsav and Torah She Baal Peh , the dynamic nature of Torah She Baal Peh and various aspects of Hilcos Gerus: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses halachic issues involving Gerus and halachic issues that arise as to the role that a ger may have in Jewish communal life: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks and R Baruch Simon discuss how Sefiras HaOmer enables and enhances our preparation for Kabalas HaTorah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z Feldman discusses why we don’t start Shavuos early and other halachic issues relating to Shavuos: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky analyzes the issues involving the recitation of Birchas HaTorah on the morning of the first day of Shavuos: link (audio)
  • R Joshua Flug discusses the Minhag of eating dairy foods on Shavuos: link (audio)
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses the relationship between Yehuda and Tamar, Boaz and Rut, David and Avigayil: The Road to Leadership and Malkhut as well as the interface between Pshat, Chazal and Parshanut: link 1 (audio), link 2 (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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