Parashah Roundup: Tazria 5771

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by Steve Brizel

Rav Soloveitchik ZL surveys the sequence of the various forms of Tumaah and Karbanos in this week’s Parsha and the level of conduct that the Torah demands with respect to our speech. (Yiddish): link (audio)

  • R Aharon Lichtenstein and R Hershel Schachter underscore the importance of realizing and preserving the difference between Kedushah and Tumaah that was assigned to Am Yisrael: link 1, link 2
  • R Berel Wein examines the relationship between Lashon Hara and Tumaas Tzoras: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why Bris Milah is the Sign of the Covenant: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explores the role of Beis Din in Mitzvas Milah: link (audio)
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the insights of the Chidushei HaRim, illustrates the contrast between Nega and Oneg, despite the fact that both words are spelled with the same letters: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom explores the increased severity of Tumas Negaim on our homes, clothing and bodies as a spiritual warning system and how Shmiras HaMitzvos, and especially Tefilin, Tzitzis and Mzuzah help provide an antidote to the causes of Tumas Negaimk even in the absence of a Psak by a Kohen: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin suggests why Tumaas Leidah follows the Parsha of Bris Milah and precedes Tumaas Tzoraas: link
  • R Asher Brander, based on the writings of the Sfas Emes, explores the meaning of Tumaas Tzoras: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks and R Ephraim Buchwald explore the Halachos of a Mtzorah: link 1, link 2
  • R Zev Leff and R Maywer B. Twersky discuss Lashon Hara and its connection to Kashering our homes for Pesach: link 1, link 2
  • R Yaakov B. Neuberger contrasts the powers of Lashon Hara and Ayin Tov: link
  • R Mordechai Willig, based on the Meshech Chachmah, explains why we should overlook the faults of others: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal and R Baruch Simon suggests how we should use our capability of speech in a proper manner: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman discusses various aspects of Hilcos Lashon Harah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of the Hagadah: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman,R Zvi Sobolofsky and R Chaim Eisenstein examine the Halacha of studying Hilcos Pesach 30 days prior to Pesach, andits application to other Yamim Tovim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (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 Parshas HaChodesh is linked to Pesach , Korban Pesach is a symbol of faith and commitment, and why Chag HaPesach is the ideal introduction to Chag HaMatzos: link 1, link 2, link 3
  • 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 Mordechai Willig reminds us how and why we should internalize the message of Parshas HaChodesh: link
  • 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 Aharon Kahn and R Elyakim Koenigsberg disucss Matzah Shmurah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (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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    1. R’ Yonasan Sacks… explore[s] the Halachos of a Mtzorah:

    2. (1) Rabbi Leff’s link ( goes only to his home page for Vayikrah, and there are several links there for Tazria. Please give the specific link that you have in mind.

      (2) “(audio)” should appear after his link here.

      Thank you.

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