Parsha Roundup: Parashas Pekudei 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Yitzchak Etshalom provides an overview of Sefer Shmos: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why our Parsha reads like the report of an accountant: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discussed why the prefabricated Bayis Shlishi will have sunken gates: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explores what we can learn from the daily dissembling and reassembling of the Mishkan: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald examines the Tefilah of Moshe Rabbeinu on the completion of the Mishkan: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Dovid Gottloieb examine the purpose and message of the Bigdei Kehunah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores the relationship between the encampments and journeys of Klal Yisrael hinted to at the end of the Parsha: link
  • R Zev Leff explores why Moshe Rabbeinu had to assemble and dissemble the Mishkan: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses why the creation of fire was not included in the first six days of creation: link
  • R Asher Brander discusses why the Mishkan is both the house of HaShem and our home: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses means and ends in the pursuit of Kedushah: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky analyzes the twin challenges of the Shulchan and the Menorah: link
  • R Yakov Haber and R David Horwitz discuss the hidden lesson of the order of the construction of the Mishkan: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon, based on the Kedushas Levi, examines a different meaning of the word Pekudei: link 2 (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenigsberg discusses setting goals and evaluating accomplishments: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Neuberger analyzes the message and opportunity of Rosh Chodesh: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer examines the role of the Leviim in the Mishkan: link
  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL explores the Hashkafic aspects of Purim: link (audio)
  • Rav Aharon Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Mitzvah to destroy Amalek and the message of Zachor and Purim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Mayer Twersky explains why Megilas Esther is a paradigm for all Mitzvos DRabannan: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter discusses Halachic issues that arise as a result of a leap year and hearing Mikrah Megillah from a Minyan: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R David Hirsch discusses the Halachos of Taanis Esther: link (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses the halachic isssues raised by drinking on Purim and the obligation of women with respect to Krias HeMegilah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R David Brofksy discusses various aspects of Hilcos Purim: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5
  • R Baruch Simon discusses many Halachos related to Seudas Purim: link (audio)
  • R Bezalalel Rudinsky focuses on the Kabalas HaTorah aspect of Purim: link (audio)
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig analyzes Esther HaMalkah as a role model of initiative, continuity and Tikun, as well as the power behind the throne: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Mrs. Shani Taragin focuses on the secondary characters in Megilas Esther: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Feldman and Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Mishloach Manos on Purim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky and R Josh Flug discusses the recitation of Al HaNisim on Purim in Tefila and Birkas HaMazon: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R David Horwitz discusses the role of Hester Panim in Jewish history: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks, R Avishai David and R Daniel Stein discuss miracles and “the way of nature”: link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Moshe Weinberger explains why the relationship between Purim and the Ultimate Redemption: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter discusses the relationship between Purim and Bayis Shlishi: link (audio)
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    5 comments

    1. You did mean “disassemble,” didn’t you?

    2. Rafael Araujo

      Steve, I should mention that a saw in the Catskills News section of the Hamodia Weekly Community news section, which I purchase here in Toronto on a weekly basis, about Rabbi Kreitman zt”l. There it made mention of you being a talmid and you building a family. Did anyone mention it to you? I don’t believe I retained a copy of same.

      BTW, there are some nephews of his living here in Toronto.

    3. Rafael Araujo- Someone in KGH mentioned the article in Hamodia to me. I read the article and thought that it was nice but somewhat incomplete to the extent that it did not mention all of the members of our immediate family or the role that NCSY had on my life , together with the influence of R Kreitman ZL , a talmid of RYBS ZL and R R Lipshitz ZL and R E Davidowitz ZL, a Chabadnik who IIRC also had RIETS smicha, with a large family of one son, a prominent mchanech in Brooklyn and a number of daughters, each of whom married Chasidishe yungerman from different Chasidishe branches ( Chabad, Satmar, Bobov, etc) my earliest rebbes in a four afternoon per week Talmud Torah. FWIW, R Kreitman ZL had a brocha at our chupah and arranged for an eruv to be constructed by R S Eider ZL on the front porch of my mother’s house so that we could take our then infant daughter outside on Shabbos.

      We learned Siddur, Jewish history, and participated in a Junior Congregation and a Model Seder. R Kreitman ZL faced tough odds in transmitting anything beyond his classroom and the shul due to extra curricular activities in the local schools, Little League, as well as the changing face of the secular American Jewish world and a local community that was traditional,very pro Israel but not Orthodox, and in an era where Kiruv was just beginning to be seen as a possibility for teens, but not yet on the horizon for not yet committed adults . I still remember being in shul on YK 1973 when the news of the YK war reached the shul, and IIRC, a special appeal was held on the spot.

      I remember walking over to R Kreitman ZL’s house and learning HaMafkid as I prepared to enter YU during my senior year in high school on Shabbos afternoons , which was my initial exposure to Talmud on any level and discussing various halachic and hashkafic issues with R Kreitman ZL on many a Shabbos as we walked home from davening together.

    4. Steve,

      Thank you for that. I know from reading your posts that you were an NSCYer and that had a major impact on your life (as it did on my life) I guess the focus of the article was the Catskills history and Rabbi Kreitman ZL’s role there.

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