Parashah Roundup: Behar 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses how to understand reward and punishment for Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein discusses why this week’s Parsha begins with the word Behar: link
  • R Yissocher Frand suggests why the Torah uses the verbs “do” with respect to Chukim and “guard” with regard to Mishpatim: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom , and the Nesivos Shalom,  based on Rashi’s initial comment to this week’s Parsha, analyzes the connection between Shmittah and Sinai: link1, link 2
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks illustrates why Yovel reminds us that all things belong to God: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explores why many of the Parshiyos in Sefer Vayikra focus on counting to a certain date: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses the purposes of Yovel: link
  • R Asher Weiss analyses the Halachos of Oonah and Ribis: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses various aspects of Hilcos Ribis: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (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), link 14 (audio), link 15 (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenigsberg discusses when price fraud is considered Oonah: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks and R Avishai David   illustrate the differences between Shemittah and  Yovel, as well as Shabbos and YomTov: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • Sefiras HaOmer & Shavuous

  • 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: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (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), link 14 (audio), link 15 (audio), link 16 (audio)
  • 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 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 Avishai David analyzes Sefiras HaOmer and other instances of personal and communal mourning: 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 (audio), link 2, link 3

  • R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Dovid Hirsch analyze the approach of Rav Soloveitchik ZL to Sefiras HaOmer: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig   discusses Sefirah, Torah and personal growth, as well as leadership values in Tanach: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter analyzes which portions of the Torah were forced upon us on Shavuous,  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: link 1, link 2, link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (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)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses Scar Mitzvah with respect to Shemittah and other Mitzvos: link
  • R Chaim Eisenstein suggests how we can engage in preparation for Matan Torah during the period of Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)
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