Parashah Roundup: Vayetze 5771

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Aaron Soloevitchik ZL discusses why Yaakov Avinu’s actions were critical in the development of the Jewish People: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein explains why Yaakov Avinu’s travails symbolize the ups and downs of Jewish life in exile: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses the reaction of Rachel Imeinu to the birth of Yosef: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom and R Shlomo Riskin examine Yaakov Avinu’s dream and response at the beginning of this week’s Parsha: link 1, link 2
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the character of Yaakov Avinu: link
  • R Asher Brander examines why the Torah tells us on three occasions that Lavan was his mother’s brother: link
  • R Ezra Bick discusses the covenant of separation between Yaakov and Lavan: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Averah Lishmah: link (audio), and priorities in marriage: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses persistence and initiave in Avodas HaShem: link
  • R Tzvi Sobolofsky explains why we should Yaakov Avinu’s years in the Yeshiva of Shem and Aver serve as a role model for our own lives: link
  • R Yakov Haber discusses when envy is prohibited, permissible and recommended: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal examines the sanctity of Lashon Hakodesh: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses Jacob’s ladder: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman analyzes how much one should spend on Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David discusses Yaakov’s life in the house of Lavan: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Neuberger, based on the commentary of the Ramban, discusses Yaakov Avinu’s reaction to Rachel when she asks Yaakov to daven for her have a child: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks and R Dovid Gottlieb discuss Tefilas Arvis Reshus: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R. Baruch Simon explores how we can stay connected to Torah: link (audio), and learn from everything: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David , based on the teachings of R Tzvi Kanatopsky ZL and the commentary of the Ramban, discusses Yaakov’s escape from the house of Lavan: link (audio)
  • Shoalin VDorshim Shloshim Yom Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses Hilcos Chanukah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses why Channukah emphasizes Emunah and Bitachon: link
  • R David Brofsy discusses various aspects of Hilcos Chanukah: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8
  • R Dr. David Berger discusses the “historicity” of Chanukah: link
  • R Michael Rosenseweig explains why Chanukah celebrates the constancy and comprehensiveness of Jewish life: link, as well as the relationship between Halachic commitment and performance: link
  • R Hershel Schachter explains why lighting the Menorah inside our homes continues to have special relevance in our time: link
  • Recent Shiurim of Interest

  • R Mordechai Willig discusses Halachic evolution and change: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses a famous comment of the Netziv to Breishis 24: 65: link (audio)
  • About Steve Brizel


    1. Unfortunately, the article by R. Dr. David Berger appears as very dim white characters on a black background and is VERY difficult to read.

    2. Moshe, let the page load all the way. Or try highlighting it, or copy and paste it into a text file.

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