Parashah Roundup: Bemidbar 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R David Horwitz discusses Ramban’s introduction to Sefer Bamidbar: link
  • R Berel Wein reminds us that numbers are necessary, but that individuals matter greatly: link
  • R Yaakov Haber suggests why the counting was rooted in the family: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses why the Leviim were not counted during the census: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses the challenges faced by the generation of the wilderness: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the structure of Sefer Bamidbar: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses the unique role of Shevet Levi: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin examines why the generation of the desert lost its connection to the Avos and Imahos: link
  • R Asher Brander discusses why the counting of the Jewish People by King David was problematic in nature: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses gender differentiation and roles within the Torah and Judaism: link
  • R Mordechai Willig explains why Tznius is a timeless principle for men and women: link
  • R Michael Rosenseweig discusses Kedusah and Pidyon Bechor: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsly illustrates how Shemiras HaMikdash is a model for Yiras HaShem: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Avodas HaLeviim: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses why the Torah emphasizes the division of the tribes: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains why the Torah’s configuration of the tribes illustrates the adage of “good neighbors and bad neighbors.”: link
  • R David Gottlieb discusses the relationship between privilege and responsibility: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein explores Kedushas Seforim in Halacha and Machshavah: 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: 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 Moshe Feinstein ZTL discusses why Kedusha must be revealed: link (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 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 and the relationship between Torah Shebicsav and Torah She Baal Peh: link 1 (audio), link 2 (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
    , 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)
  • 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 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
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses how each of us can find their portion in Torah: link
  • R David Fohrman analyzes themes in Megilas Rus”>link (audio)
  • R Avishai David and R Reuven Spolter explain why Rus is a model of Chesed and Excellence: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Mrs. Ilana Saks analyzes the Blessings of Boaz: link (audio)
  • R Asher Brander discusses why we read Megilas Rus on Shavuos and why Rus is the progenitor of Moshiach: link (audio)
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    1. I’m wondering if anyone knows of a source that explains the Dalet/Resh swap in:
      אֶלְיָסָף בֶּן-דְּעוּאֵל in 1:14 and אֶלְיָסָף בֶּן-רְעוּאֵל in 2:14?

      [R. Kaplan notes it in The Living Torah, w/ no explanation]

    2. FTR: Ramban explains it in 2:14, albeit unconvincingly in my view.

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