Parashah Roundup: Shemini-Parah 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Reuven Spolter examines the tragedy in Itamar in light of the death of two of Aharon HaKohen’s sons: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein analyzes the connection between the death of two of Aharon HaKohen’s sons and the Halachos of Kashrus: link
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the appointment of Aharon HaKohen as Kohen Gadol: link (audio)
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks suggests why the Halachos of Kshrus follow the building of the Mishkan and the Parshiyos of Karbanos: link
  • R Yissocher Frand explains why the Torah does not demand that we adopt a view that we deny our own values and talents: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom elaborates on the dual function of the Kohanim: link
  • R Mordechai Willig traces the importance of relying on the Ziknei Yisrael in formulating Halachic policy, even in areas where no issue raised by a classical text is implicated or violated: link
  • R Mayer Twersky reminds us why Psak Halacha is reserved for Talmidei Chachamim Shehigiah LHoraah: link
  • R Yaakov Neuberger, based on the commentary of Ramban, analyzes the behavior of Nadav and Avihu: link (audio)
  • R David Horwitz investigates the transgressions of Nadav and Avihu: link (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom explains why a Jew must believe that he or she can be part of a Mamleches Kohanim and Goy Kadosh: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explores the uniqueness and purpose of the eighth day: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin presents two responses to tragedy that are modeled on Aharon HaKohen’s response to the loss of two of his sons: link
  • R Asher Brander explores six rationales underlying the Halachos of Kashrus in the Rishonim: link
  • R Zev Leff analyzes the concept of how the death of Tzadikim causes atonement: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein discusses the approach of Chazal to Taamei HaMitzvos: link
  • R Yaakov Haber explores Taamei HaMitzvos and Kashrus, and examines whty we read Parshas Parah: link 1, link 2
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal examines the positive and negative aspects of drinking wine: link
  • R Asher Weiss analyzes the Issur of Achilas Shratzim: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter traces the Mesorah of Kosher Animals and the Derech HaLimud of Torah ShebBaal Peh and its primary importance from Aharon HaKohen’s derivation of the Halachos of Anninus for a Kohen and the why and where we recite Birkas Kohanim: link 1 (audio), link 2, link 3
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky examines the element of Havdalah or making distinctions in this week’s Parsha: link
  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of the Hagadah: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Zvi Sobolofsky examine the Halacha of studying Hilcos Pesach 30 days prior to Pesach, andits application to other Yamim Tovim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R David Brofsky surveys various elements of Hilcos Pesach: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9, link 10, link 11
  • R Michael Rosensweig examines why Korban Pesach is a symbol of faith and commitment, and why Chag HaPesach is the ideal introduction to Chag HaMatzos: link 1, link 2
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig surveys the roles of Moshe Rabbeinu, Aharon HaKohen and Miriam HaNeviah, Pesach and women, the rise of Shevet Levi, and Sefiras HaOmer as a time for growth: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Menachem Genack discusses R Soloveitchik ZL’s approach to the destruction of Chametz: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter explains why Matzah is the food of Emunah, and symbol of both Avdus and Geula as well as Halachos pertaining to the Seder: link 1, link 2, link 3 (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig explores Meciras Chametz, Daled Kosos, two portions of Magid, explains why Chinuch must have elements of both Vhagadtah and Lemor, the obligations of women on Leil Seder why Pesach is the holiday of faith: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3, link 4, link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio)
  • Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses fundamentals of the Seder Night: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why Matzah is an expression of Hodaah, and the triad of Pesach, Matzah and Maror as a catalyst for faith and redemption: link 1, link 2
  • R Yonasan Sacks examines various sources and halachic ramifications of the Arbah Kosos, and Yachatz: link 1, link 2
  • R Nissan Kaplan analyzes what may be used for Maror: link (audio)
  • R Mayer Twersky discusses the connection between Matzah and Maror, as well as how Pesach focuses on both Emunah and Mesorah: link 1, link 2
  • R Baruch Simon discusses Pesach, Matzah Maror and Renewal: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David discusses the Ten Makos and Halel on Leil HaSeder: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky analyzes many Halachos related to Karpas, Hasebah, recalling the Exodus on Seder Night, Matzah Shmurah and Acilas Matzah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio)
  • R Josh Flug discusses Karpas and Chametz SheAvar Alav HaPesach: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Dr. Michelle J. Levine surveys the change from darkness to light and from slavery to freedom: link (audio)
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