By Steve Brizel / R Mordechai Willig illustrates how we can emulate the character traits of Avraham Avinu / R Yissocher Frand discusses why Avraham Avinu was seemingly stingy with water, and expansive with meat and bread / R Yitzchak Etshalom and R Mayer Twersky analyze Avraham Avinu’s negotiations with HaShem to save S’dom / R Avigdor Nevenzal analyzes the incidents in the Parsha that depict mortal men and women arguing with HaShem / R Asher Brander depicts the critical missions of each of the Divine Messengers and their roles in Jewish history

Parashah Roundup: Vayera 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Mordechai Willig illustrates how we can emulate the character traits of Avraham Avinu: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses why Avraham Avinu was seemingly stingy with water, and expansive with meat and bread: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom and R Mayer Twersky analyze Avraham Avinu’s negotiations with HaShem to save S’dom: link 1, link 2
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal analyzes the incidents in the Parsha that depict mortal men and women arguing with HaShem: link
  • R Asher Brander depicts the critical missions of each of the Divine Messengers and their roles in Jewish history: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, based on the teachings of the Divrei Moshe, a talmid of the Baal Shem Tov, explains why the midah of Chesed, which is personified by Avraham Avinu, appears in its fullest sense in the aftermath of Mitzvas Bris Milah: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald illustrates why Hachnosas Orchim, enriches the hosts far more so than the guests: link
  • R Lord Jonathan Sacks explains why Avraham Avinu attended to the needs of his guests before attending to the presence of HaShem: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses how we experience HaShem’s presence in a life dedicated to Torah: link
  • R Herschel Schechter , based on the incident involving the daughters of Lot, illustrates the dangers of developing a messiah complex: link
  • The Akedah

  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains the eternal nature of the command of the Akedah: link
  • R David Horwitz reminds us that the message of the Akedah is our submission to the Divine Will: link
  • Zrizin Makdimin L’Mitzvah

  • R Asher Weiss and R Baruch Simon discuss the Halachic concept and Hashkafic consequences of acting in a manner that depicts an life dedicated to Zrizin Makdimin Lmitzvos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Yaakov B. Neuberger, based on the Ramban , discusses how man can reach his potential: link (audio)
  • R David Gottlieb discusses why spiritual struggle is part and parcel of a Jew’s religious growth: link (audio)
  • Hachnosas Orchim

  • R Aharon Kahn discusess Hachnosas Orchim, Kedushas HaBayis and emulating Avraham Avinu‘s Tefilah: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman explores the Halachic aspects of Hachnosas Orchim, and explains the underlying principle is “my house is your house.”: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Hilly Gross explains what Baalei Teshuvah look forward to at a Shabbos table: link
  • Bikur Cholim

  • R Herschel Schachter and R Yonasan Sacks discuss many Halachic aspects of Bikur Cholim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman, R Daniel Stein and R Larry Rothwachs examine the nature of the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5, link 6
  • Avraham Avinu as a Model for Kiruv Rechokim

  • R Aharon Soloveitchik, ZL and, Yivadlenu Lchaim, R Herschel Schacter and R Avishai David discusses the Mitzvah and guidelines for Kiruv Rechokim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses the elements of rebirth and renewal inherent in the Baal Teshuvah movement: link (audio)
  • R Mayer Twersky outlines six reasons why a Jew should be a Shomer Torah Umitzvos: link (audio)
  • Dr. David Pelcowitz discusses why spirituality is an integral factor in Chinuch: link (audio)
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, 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 serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as 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.

    3 comments

    1. R Yitzchak Etshalom… analyze[s] Avraham Avinu’s negotiations with HaShem to save S’dom:

      http://www.torah.org/advanced/mikra/5757/br/dt.57.1.01.html

    2. “R Herschel Schechter , based on the incident involving the daughters of Lot, illustrates the dangers of developing a messiah complex”

      Interesting drasha-of course for RHS in this context messiah complex is not referring to the excesses of Chabad, followers of
      Shabtaie Zvi etc.

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