by Steve Brizel / R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses how Tumah and Taharah are a theme of many of the mitzvos in this week’s Parsha: link (audio) R Berel Wein discusses why the Kohen Gadol and all Kohanim are required to adhere to additional Issurim in their personal lives: link R Michael Rosensweig examines the relationship between Shabbos and the Moadim: link

Parsha Roundup: Emor-Yom HaZikaron-Yom HaAtzmaut

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses how Tumah and Taharah are a theme of many of the mitzvos in this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein discusses why the Kohen Gadol and all Kohanim are required to adhere to additional Issurim in their personal lives: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig examines the relationship between Shabbos and the Moadim: link
  • R Mayer Twersky reminds us that a proper observance of Shabbos is predicated on understanding that Shabbos is a day of cessation, as opposed to rest, and that dressing in casual attire cannot promote an atmosphere of respite and redemption: link
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses the halachic and hashkafic dimensions of Kavod and Oneg Shabbos: link (audio)
  • R Yissocher Frand explains why the smell of the Esrog is equated with the smell of Torah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom provides an overview of Parshas HaMoados: link
  • R Asher Weiss examines the nature of Meleches Yom Tov: link (audio)
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the universal and particularistic aspects of the Shalosh Regalim: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin contrasts the personalities of Avraham Avinu and the requirement of Ahavah that is demanded of every Kohen with the personalities of Shem and Ever: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal reminds us that one can and must live with “kashyas”: link
  • R Dovid Horwitz discusses various aspects of Chag HaShavuos: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald examines why a Mes Mitzvah requires the Kohen to push aside many positive and negative commandments: link
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the unique nature of the Rebbe-Talmid relationship: link (audio)
  • R Yakov Haber suggests that our attitude is paramount in preserving the precious, namely the Beis HaMikdash, Talmidei Chachamim and the Land of Israel: link
  • Yom HaZikraron & Yom HaAtzmaut

  • R Yechezkel Yakovson analyzes the Halachic and Hashkafic elements of Yom HaZikaron: link (audio)
  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL speaks about Yom HaAtzmaut: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter reminds us that even if we are unhappy with the individuals who are in charge of the government of Israel, we are overjoyed and thankful that there is a Jewish state in the Land of Israel: link
  • R Mordechai Willig exhorts us to reject the arguments of the pessimists and post Zionists, just as we rejected the claims of the spies with respect to our rights and basis for living in the Land of Israel: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses why Eretz Yisrael is a framework for Kedushah and spiritual opportunity, regardless of the fact that that it has a profound connection to all Jews: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the contemporary significance of the State of Israel: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein discusses the integration of the past, present and future in the observance of Yom HaAtzmaut: link
  • R Zev Leff examines the “terutzim” and “heterim” invoked by Torah observant Jews who have neither made Aliyah nor shown any potential interest in making aliyah: link
  • R Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff discusses the views of Rav Soloveitchik ZL and Religious Zionism: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio)
  • R Dovid Miller discusses Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut: link (audio)
  • R Jeffrey Saks discusses the key to Yom HaAtzmaut: link (audio)
  • Sefiras HaOmer

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)
  • 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: link (audio)
  • 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: link (audio)
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    4 comments

    1. The “link” to Rabbi Wein’s article isn’t a link.

    2. R Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff discusses the views of Rav Soloveitchik ZL and Religious Zionism: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6 — these should all be marked “audio”.

    3. non of the Moadim of this weeks parsha team up wtih yom atzmuat as hoitsie as hamekallel

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