Parashah Roundup: Naso/Yom Yerushalayim/Shavuos 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein discusses why the Leviim were counted separately: link
  • R Hershel Schacter and R Yissocher Frand discusses the connection between the Parshiyos of Sotah and Nazir: link 1, link 2
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal presents two approaches to understanding Nezirus: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, illustrates how each of us can grow in Dveikus BaShem from each of the model of each of the sons of Levi: link
  • R Ezra Bick suggests that our Parsha focuses on the completion of the Machaneh: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses the primacy and accessibility of Torah: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin illustrates how we should each strive to reach our spiritual destiny, regardless of our family of origin: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses the Rambam’s formulation of the Chasid and the Chacham: link
  • R Aryeh Leibowitz discusses why Birkas Kohanim is not recited on a daily basis in Chutz LaAretz, by Ashkenazic Jews: link (audio)
  • R Asher Brander, based on the comments of Rabbeinu Nissim, illustrates the differences between respecting and sanctifying God’s Name, and loving God, even and especially in the private arena: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses the unique lessons that we learn from the ordeal of the Sotah: link
  • R Asher Weiss explores Hilcos Neziru and Birkas Kohanim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Michael Broyde presents a rationale and/or a Limud Zcus why married women in certain locales did not cover their hair and R Eli Baruch Shulman critiques the same: link 1, link 2
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses a Kuntres for Chasanim authored by R Shlomoh Volbe ZL: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig, R Avishai David and discuss Kol Ishah, modest dress, the obligation of married women to cover their hair, and contemporary issues of Tznius posed by the Internet, and elsewhere:
    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)
  • R Aryeh Leibowitz discusses Tznius for men: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses how we can bring Kedusha into our homes: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses Shevet Yissochar and Ahavas HaTorah: link (audio)
  • Yom Yerushalayim

  • R Aharon Lichtenstein discusses the two types of sanctity of Yerushalyim, , why Yerushalayim is the seat of sanctity and royalty, and why we must seek the welfare of Zion and Yerushalayim: link 1, link 2
  • Mrs. Ilana Sacks described the sensation of feeling being within the gates of Yeruashalyim: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses Yom Yerushalayim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Dovid Miller discusses Yom Yerushalayim, and his memories as a volunteer in Israel in June 1967: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Aaron Rakkefet-Rothkoff recalls his memories of six days in June 1967: link (audio)
  • R Dr David Berger discusses Yerushalayim Shel Maalah and Yerushalayim Shel Matah: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman discusses halachic perspectives of Yerushalayim: 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 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), link 11 (audio), link 12 (audio), link 13 (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 (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses how and why we should prepare for Kabalas HaTorah and how each of us can find their portion in Torah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • 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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    3 comments

    1. R Aharon Lichtenstein discusses the two types of sanctity of Yerushalyim, , why Yerushalayim is the seat of sanctity and royalty, and why we must seek the welfare of Zion and Yerushalayim:
      link 2,

      http://vbm-torah.org/yyerush/yeru64-ral.htm

    2. R Hershel Schachter analyzes which portions of the Torah were forced upon us on Shavuos…:

      http://www.torahweb.org/torah/2004/moadim/rsch_shavuos.html

    3. Regarding Birkat Kohanim: Prof. Schiffman on the Ketef Hinnom amulets: http://tinyurl.com/3r3ljw5 (also see Wikipedia)

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