Parashah Roundup: Miketz-Chanukah 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein illustrates how salvation and redemption come from comes from unforeseen: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses Yosef’s thinking in naming one of his sons Menashe: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores why Yaakov sent   ten of the brothers to Egypt: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses the minimum daily requirement of Avodah for every Jew: link
  • R Ezra Bick analyzes the emergence of Yehudah as the leader of Yaakov’s sons: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains how it is only in retrospect that we understand our lives: link
  • R Asher Brander examines the rushed nature of Yosef’s release from prison: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin examines the Teshuvah effectuated by Yosef’s brothers: link
  • R Mordechai Willig examines how we should strive for lives which are secure, solitary and modest: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses the compassion and character of Yosef: link
  • R Dovid Miller compares the leadership styles of Yosef and Yehudah: link
  • R Baruch Simon discusses how we can see Kedushah and its effect on our lives: 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) and the relationship between the Parshiyos of Vayeshev, Miketz and Vayigash with Chanukah: link 6 (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses why Channukah emphasizes Emunah and Bitachon: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Ner Chanukkah and Hidur Mitzvah and Mekom Hadlakah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R David Brofsy discusses various aspects of Hilcos Chanukah: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 1
  • Dr. Louis Feldman examines the historical background and consequences of the Hasmonean revolt: link (PDF)
  • R Dr. David Berger discusses the “historicity” of Chanukah: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why Chanukah celebrates the constancy and comprehensiveness of Jewish life: link, as well as the relationship between Halachic commitment and performance: link
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses the enduring uniqueness and beauty of Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter explains why lighting the Menorah inside our homes continues to have special relevance in our time: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal compares spiritual and physical challenges to the Jewish People: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon explains why Chanukah is a Tikun for Meciras Yosef: link (audio), and contemporary Halachic issues in Hilcos Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses Birkas HaRoeh: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses the unique role of Hidur Mitzvah in Hilcos Chanukah: link (PDF)
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses Hellenism, secular values , and Torah values: link (audio)
  • Current Interest Department

  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks analyzes how the Avos and Yosef reacted to the challenges of the surrounding environment throughout Breishis 12-50: link
  • R Yissocher Frand challenges us to all look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we would prefer to be our legacy and how to serve as role models for our families: link
  • R Hershel Schachter surveys laws and customs of the Jewish wedding: link (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig analyzes evolution and change in Halacha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • About Steve Brizel


    1. R Yitzchak Etshalom explores why Yaakov sent ten of the brothers to Egypt:

    2. This is intended to be a general comment on titles etc used in Hirhurim. My preference is that when someon is a Rabbi and has another title be it academic or one that a country offers-obviously not US-one simply refer to the person as Rabbi-thus in Steves list this week- al regel achat the only Rabbi DR listed is Rabbi Dr David Berger-but the Rav and Rabbi Michael Rosensweig for starters also have/had Phds. A Rabbi title should be the highest one.
      BTW unrelated at all to Steves list but a general related hirhurim issue is how to mention those who have passed 120-my preference would be to have a universal either A’H or Z”L. Expanding to a ZT”L at times is unseemly-certainly there have been usage at times of ZT”L about people who many would not have considered to be a follower of the halachik process. So as not to get involved in discussing any particular dead person I am deliberately adding the comment here where in this postthis issue is not present. To avoid any sort of implied evaluation I suggest that there become a standard way of referring to those who are in the olam haemet.

    3. # R Yissocher Frand discusses Yosef’s thinking in naming one of his sons Menashe:

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