Parashah Roundup: Vayigash 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein explains why restraint and even silence are the best tools for family unity and tranquility: link
  • R Yissocher Frand illustrates how Yosef’s reunion with his brothers serves as a model in etiquette: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores Yosef’s loss of control: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains , based upon the Zohar, how Yedhudah’s plea is viewed as a paradigm for effective Tefilah: link
  • R Samson Rafael Hirsch, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Yaakov Avinu offered Zevachim or Shelamim, as opposed to a Korban Olah: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Michael Rosensweig suggest why Yosef sent wagons to transport Yaakov Avinu to Egypt: link 1, link 2
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks, R Michael Rosensweig and R Asher Brander explore the rapprochement between Yosef and Yehudah: link 1, lin k 2, link 3
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal illustrates how Yosef avoided bearing a grudge: link
  • R Asher Weiss and R Chaim Eisenstein analyzes halachic priorities in honoring parents and grandparents: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter analyzes the positive aspects of Galus and the fact that the Shechinah accompanies Knesses Yisrael in Galus., and how we should strive to love Mitzvos as opposed to loving food or money: link 1, link 2
  • R Ephraim Buchwald contrasts the reactions of Yosef and his brothers to the temptations of Egypt and reminds us to always remember that our true home is located in the Land of Israel, regardless of where we are living temporarily today: link
  • R Mayer Twersky illustrates how Yosef remained consistent and provides a model for being Nor Doresh Vnor Mkayem in our lives: link
  • R Baruch Simon discusses how Yosef personifies and serves as a model for inculcating Ahavas Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David explores various aspects of the Ramban’s commentary on this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R David Horwitz analyzes Judah’s plea to Yosef: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses when one is allowed to leave the Land of Israel: link (audio)
  • Dr. David Pelcovitz discusses insights into forgiveness from Yosef and his brothers: link (audio)
  • R Avraham Gordimer analyzes the prophetic embrace of Yosef and Binyamin: link
  • Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the guardianship of Goshen: link (audio)
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz discusses how we can prepare for temptations that confront our lives: link (audio)
  • R Beinish Ginsburg analyzes the famous comment of the Beis HaLevi on Yosef’s question to his brothers: link (audio)
  • A Primer and an Example of Contemporary Sinas Chinam

  • R Ron Yitzchak Eisenman provides an unfortunately all too prevalent example of terrorism masking as frumkeit: link
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief 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 of New Jersey, 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 and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and 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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