Parashah Roundup: Bechukosai 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein suggests why this week;s Parsha contains gory details and glorious blessings: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses why the Torah inverts the order of the Avos in the Tochacha: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein , investigates why Rashi focuses on Ameilus BaTorah and Talmud Torah: link
  • R Yitzchak Adlerstein analyzes the approaches of Rashi and Sforno to the Blessings in this week’s Parsha: link
  • R Avishai David explores the blessings in this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Ephraim Buchwald and R Dovid Gottlieb remind us why peace is the greatest of all blessings: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why even in our darkest moments we can never abandon hope for the future: link
  • R Asher Weiss, R Mayer Twersky, and R Baruch Simon discuss the meaning and importance of Ameilus BaTorah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig emphasizes the importance of intensity in Torah study: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks outlines the uniqueness of the Tochacha: link
  • R David Horwitz analyzes why Olam HaBaah is not mentioned in the Tochacha, and Ramban’s understanding of the era of Bayis SDheni: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Avraham Gordimer discusses the key to spiritual and material prosperity: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal illustrates why a person’s spiritual value is priceless and why the Land of Israel is measured by a spiritual yardstick: link
  • R Zev Leff discusses toiling, as opposed to stagnating in Torah: link (audio)
  • Lag BaOmer

  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Asher Brander discusses the mystery and uniqueness of Lag BaOmer: link 1, link 2
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses the Halachic issues raised when LagBaOmer occurs on a Sunday: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman discusses Inyanei Sefiras HaOmer and Lag BaOmer: link (audio)
  • Sefiras HaOmer & Shavuos

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of Sefiras HaOmer Gerus and Mesorah, the Aseres HaDibros, and how Rambam and Ramban understand what is a Mitzvah of a Biblical nature:
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  • R David Brofsky surveys the Halachos of Sefiras HaOmer: link 1, link 2, link 3
  • R Mordechai Willig analyzes Halachic and Hashkafic themes of Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)
  • R Eytan Feiner discusses the relationship between HaShem and Klal Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explores why Sefiras HaOmer is the bridge between Pesach and Shavuos: link (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains how Sefiras HaOmer completes the deficiencies in the period between Pesach and Shavuos: link
  • R Asher Weiss examines Minhagei Sefiras HaOmer and Lo Sisgodedu: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses how Sefiras HaOmer serves as a bridge from the past to the future: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses whether Sefiras HaOmer is a Torah or Rabbinic obligation, how we can strive in both Ahavas and Yiras HaShem in our performance and observance of positive and negative commandments, and how we can all strive to be Kohanim and Melachim in our daily lives: link 1 (audio), link 2, link 3
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses Sefirah, Torah and personal growth, as well as leadership values in Tanach., Megilas Rus’ depiction of the ultimate mother and daughter in law relationship and the road to Malchus: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig , R Yonasan Sacks and R Shalom Rosner suggest how we can prepare for Kabalas HaTorah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter analyzes which portions of the Torah were forced upon us on Shavuous, the differences and relationship between Torah Shebicsav and Torah She Baal Peh the Mesorah of Torah SheBaal Peh,, illustrates how HaShem Yisborach speaks to Klal Yisrael through the development of Torah She Baal Peh, the development of Torah She Baal Peh ,explores the meaning of the Talmudic statement that Talmud Torah Kneged Kulam, and discusses advanced technology and Halacha: link 1, link 2, link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio), link 12 (audio), link 13 (audio)
  • R Shmuel Marcus discusses attending weddings during Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)
  • Mrs. Ilana Saks discusses how one should be free to be free: link (audio)
  • Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the consequences of complacency: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses why yeshivos focus on the study of Talmud B’iyun: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Stein discusses preparations for the summer, and the importance of a proper environment and Chevrah: link (audio)
  • R David Fohrman analyzes themes in Megilas Rus: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon suggests how we should strive to be an Am Kadosh: link (audio)
  • R Josh Flug explains how we should strive to be a walking Sefer Torah: link (audio)
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