Parashah Roundup: Lekh Lekha 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL explains why Ramban’s commentary is critical to an understanding of Chumash and even more critical to a Jewish world view than the Moreh Nevuchim: link (audio)
  • Sarah Imeinu Mgayeres Es HaNashim Special L Zecher Nishmas Rebbitzen Batsheva Kanievsky, Zicronah Livracha: link 1, link 2
  • R Berel Wein and R Sir Jonathan Sacks explore the unique legacy of Avraham Avinu: link 1, link 2
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the Nesivos Shalom, ZL, ( as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein: link) explores the tests confronted by Avraham Avinu: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom analyzes the Bris Bein HaBesarim and Bris Milah: link (PDF)
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein sets forth the ideology of Hesder Yeshivos: link
  • R Ezra Bick evaluates the relationship between Sarah Imeinu and Hagar: link
  • R Asher Weiss explores various aspects of Hilcos Milah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 1 (audio)
  • R Avishai David examines the Mitzvah of Kiruv Rchokim: link (audio)
  • R Hillel Gross illustrates how Kiruv Rcholim energizes and inspires the FFB community: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin, based on the ideas of R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains the unique and exceptional nature of the mission of Avraham Avinu , and why it demands the rejection of the theories of Spinoza, Marx, and Freud: link

  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses the covenants of Milah and Eretz Yisrael: link (audio), and the Halachic Identity and Kedushah of Eretz Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Asher Brander explains why Terach took Avraham Avinu , but not Nachor, on his journey: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses Avraham Avinu and the concept of Emunah: link
  • R Mayer Twersky illustrates how nisyonos ( trials) are opportunities for spiritual growth: link
  • R Elchanan Adler and R Yaakov Neuberger explore the Ramban’s commentary with respect to the gift of Eretz Yisrael to Avraham Avinu , and Maaseh Avos Siman L’Banim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses Mitzvas Milah and Simcha Shel Mitzvah: link (audio), and Anavah and Gaiva D Kedusha: link (audio)
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz explores what happened to Lot: link (audio)
  • R Ari Kahn and R Ephraim Meth discuss the enlightenment of Avraham Avinu and Avraham’s Ahavas HaShem and Yiras HaShem: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon explores three possibilities why the Torah provides no introduction to Avraham Avinu, insights and dynamic into the family unit based on the commentary of the Ramban., and the mitzvah and benefits of Chesed: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains why the Kedusha of Eretz Yisrael comes with strings attached: link, and the trials of Avraham Avinu: link
  • R Andi Yudin advises talmidim how to make the most of their year of learning in Israel: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the essence of education: link (audio), and the process of Gerus: link (audio), and how re can emulate Avraham Avinu by responding to HaShem’s speaking to us via experiences we have or people we meet: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Feldman analyzes the concept of Mitzvah Bo Yoser Mi Bi Shlucho: link (audio)
  • R Tzvi Hersh Weinreb illustrates how Avraham Avinu serves as a model of innovative ingenuity, within the context of religious service: link
  • Mrs. Ilana Saks discusses how to be a blessing: link (audio)
  • R Larry Rothwachs explains the Halacha of Kofin Al Midas sdom: link (audio)
  • About Steve Brizel


    1. Some links I tried didn’t work for me. The first link takes me to a general site ( but not the specific shiur. Link 2 of “R Ari Kahn and R Ephraim Meth discuss the enlightenment of Avraham Avinu and Avraham’s Ahavas HaShem and Yiras HaShem: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)” is not available.

    2. yes, Reb Steve, can you at least point out which of the Rav’s shiurim on is the one you’re referring to?

    3. ” Rav’s shiurim on is the ”

      Can someone explain to me how the Bergen County beis medrash can have access to the Ravs hiurim and YU can’t?

    4. Mycroft-ask those in charge of YU Torah.

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