Parsha Roundup: Chukas 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the relationship between the Parshiyos of Shelach, Korach and Chukas, as well as many of the events in the Parsha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein discusses the leadership of Moshe Rabbeinu and the transmission of leadership: link
  • R Berel Wein discusses why the Parah Adumah is representative of Mitzvos that are beyond human comprehension: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig illustrates the importance of Chukim in Torah study and commitment, and why Kiddush HaShem is a paramount element of national leadership: link 1, link 2
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky suggests that Parah Adumah reminds us of subjugation of man to the divine Will: link
  • R Yissocher Frand suggests why Halachos rooted in Tumaah and Taharah defy our understanding: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why the teshuvah of Klal Yisrael after the plague of serpents needed the creation of the copper serpent: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom analyzes the episode of Mei Merivah: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin contrasts the roles and purposes of the Korban Pesach and Parah Adumah: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald contrasts the mourning of Klal Yisrael for Aharon HaKohen and Moshe Rabbeinu: link, and the unique nature of the well of Miriam HaNeviah: link
  • R Asher Brander analyzes the views of many Mfarshim as to the exact nature of the transgression of Moshe Rabbeinu at Mei Mrivah: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks demonstrates the unique symbolic qualities of the Parah Adumah: link
  • R Beinish Ginsburg discusses the commentaries of Netziv and R Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Parah Adumah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Azyarya Berzon explores the commentary of Ramban to this week’s Parsha: link (audio); and learning Torah Shelo Lishmah: link 2 (audio)
  • R David Horwitz discusses the explanation of Ramabam in the Moreh Nevuchim of the transgression of Moshe Rabbeinu at Mei Mrivah: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Shachter underscores the role of ego and humility in the mitzvah of Talmud Torah: link, the sprinkling on the third and seventh days and Sof Tumaah LaTzes: link (audio)
  • R Asher Weiss ,R Dovid Gottlieb , and Aryeh Leibowitz analyze whether Kivrei Tzadikim are Mtameh: link (audio), and whether a Kohen may enter a cemetery: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb compares Shiras HaYam with Shiras Beer , Mayim: link (audio); and whether Kvurah is mandatory: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the well known comment of Rashi at the very beginning of this week’s Parsha: link
  • R Baruch Simon, based on the Shem MiShmuel, discusses the concept of latent Kedusha: link (audio)
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