by Steve Brizel / R Berel Wein and R David Horwitz outline the differences between Yosef and his brothers / R Yissocher Frand, based on the insight of R Shimshon Pinkus, ZL, explains why Yaakov Avinu earned the accolade Emes L Yaakov / R Aharon Lichenstein illustrates why Yaakov Avinu’s silence at critical stages in the Parsha contributed more to the preservation of his family than a verbal protest

Parashah Roundup: Vayeshev 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein and R David Horwitz outline the differences between Yosef and his brothers: link 1, link 2
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the insight of R Shimshon Pinkus, ZL, explains why Yaakov Avinu earned the accolade Emes L Yaakov: link
  • R Aharon Lichenstein illustrates why Yaakov Avinu’s silence at critical stages in the Parsha contributed more to the preservation of his family than a verbal protest: link
  • R Samson Raphael Hirsch, ZL as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests that the deficiencies of the relations between Yosef and his brothers led to the further development of a Torah nation: link
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein illustrates how the Parsha compares and contrasts the attitudes of Yehuda and Yosef: link
  • Dr. Michelle J. Levine analyzes Ramban’s approach to Biblical narrative and varied repetition in the story of Joseph: link (audio)
  • R Shlomoh Riskin demonstrates why Yehudah was deemed worthy of leading the Jewish People: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains when envy is a positive and a negative Midah: link (audio)
  • R Asher Brander explores the self doubt evident in the interplay between Reuven and his brothers: link
  • R Mordechai Willig explains why the Teshuvah of Reuven is a model for life-long growth: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the connections between Tamar and Ruth: link
  • R Mayer Twersky explains how one should project his or her Jewishness in an unambiguous, yet not “in your face” manner: link
  • R Yaakov V. Neuberger discusses the commentary of the Ramban with respect to Yosef’s encounter with the angel: link (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenigsberg and R Dovid Gottlieb discuss Hilcos Yichud: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses Hilcos Yivum and Chalitzah: link (audio)
  • Jews and Thanksgiving

  • R Michael Broyde and R David Horwitz discuss the celebration of Thanksgiving: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • Shloshim Yom Kodem Department

  • R Soloveitchik ZL, R Hershel Schachter , R Mordechai Willig, R Asher Weiss , R Michael Rosensweig and R David Brofsky discusses various halachic and hashkafic aspects of Hilcos Chanukah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9, link 10, link 11
  • R D David Berger discusses the “historicity” of the Nes Pach Shemen: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, illustrates why Channukah is the holiday of Emunah and Bitachon: link
  • R Mayer Twersky explains why Channukah represents the twin themes of Mikdash and
    personal religious awakening: link
  • R Baruch Simon discusses how Channukah is a Tikun for Meciras Yosef and how we can emulate Yaakov Avinu by enveloping ourselves with surroundings of Kedushah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (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.

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