Parashah Roundup: Vayera 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL explores lessons of Chesed from the Avos: link (audio), and Avraham Avinu and the Midah of Chesed: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein reminds us that we must be attuned to the messages that emanate from Heaven: link
  • R Yissocher Frand explains how the tenth test of Avraham Avinu validated the first nine tests: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores why Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu were given the test of the Akeidah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores Avraham Avinu’s negotiations for the cities of Sdom and Amorah: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains how the Tikun of the world began with the Chesed that Avraham Avinu practiced after his Bris Milah: link
  • R Ezra Bick discusses the role of angels in delivering HaShem’s messages: link
  • R Asher Weiss analyzes the well known dispute as to whether the Tefilos correspond to the Avos or Karbanos: link (audio)
  • R Shlomoh Riskin, based on the comments of the Sfas Emes, explores the reactions of Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu to the Akedah: link
  • R Asher Brander discusses the discord between Avrhama Avinu and Sarah Imeinu with respect to how to deal with Hagar and Yishmael: link
  • R Hershel Schachter, based on a famous essay of the Netziv, suggests that we maintain a balance between the equally important Midos of Ahavas HaShem and Yiras Shamayim: link
  • R Mordechai Willig reminds us of the differences between being disciples of Avraham Avinu and Bilaam HaRasha: link
  • R Yaakov B. Neuberger, based on the commentary of the Ramban, explores the purposes of the tests of Avraham Avinu: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses how we can experience HaShem’s Presence in our lives: link, and the impact of the Akeidah on Avraham and Yitzchak: link (audio), and on Jewish thought: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal and R Baruch Simon discuss the Tefila of Avraham Avinu for Sdom: link (audio), link (audio)
  • R Azara Berzon discusses the view of the Ramban on Hashgacha Pratis: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb contrasts the Chesed of Avraham Avinu and Midas Sdom: link (audio), and explores the concept of Zrizain Makdimin LMitzvos: link (audio)
  • R David Fohrman explores the expulsion of Yishmael: link (audio), and the incident involving Lot and his daughters: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman, R Daniel Stein, and R Dovid Gottlieb explore the halachos implicated in the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman explores various Halachic aspects of Chesed: link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio)
  • Contemporary Halachic Issues Special Issue

  • R Hershel Schachter discusses Halachic issues implicated by the use of electricity on Shabbos: link (audio)
  • Jewish History Department

  • R Herschel Schachter discusses the Rif, RiMigash, and Ran: link 1 (audio) and many other Chachmei Sfarad among the Rishonim: link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio)
  • R Noach Issac Oelbaum explores the world of the Acharonim of Central Europe: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio)

  • R Dr Shnayer Leiman explores various aspects of the dispute between R Yaakov Emden and R Yonosan Eibeshitz: link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF), link 3 (PDF), link 4 (PDF), link 5 (PDF)
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