Parashah Roundup: Vayishlakh 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Soloveitchik ZL, based on Yaakov Avinu’s encounter with Esau, explains why ecumenical interfaith theological dialogue poses a threat to the integrity of any faith community that is a party to such dialogue and examines the personalities of Yaakov and Esau, link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF). For those interested in the background to and effect of “Confrontation”, see Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (ed. Nathaniel Helfgot, Ktav,
    2005) at Pages 247-252, 257-258, 259-267.; link (audio).
  • R Walter Wurzburger ZL justifies and explains the limitations on interfaith ecumenical theological dialogue: link
  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL explains why this week’s Parsha has an eternal message in dealing with the various manifestations of Esau in Jewish history:
    link (audio), as well as a
    guide to dealing with Esau and Gentiles: link (audio)
  • R Mayer Twersky reminds us why the Jewish People are a people of destiny: link
  • R Moshe Weinberger explains how we can all dig inside our own wells and write a new song: link (audio)
  • R Dr. David Berger emphasizes why “Confrontation” remains of vital
    importance: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why we must always rely on a combination of human effort and supernatural help: link
  • R Yissocher Frand offers a counterintuitive reading of Breishsis 33:3: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains the intent of Yaakov Avinu’s message to Esav, as understood in a famous comment of Rashi: link
  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL, R Michael Rosensweig, R Azarya Berzon, R Sir Jonathan Sacks and R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the implications of the actions of Shimon and Levi: link 1 (audio), link 2, link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6
  • R Asher Brander suggests why Yaakov sought to maintain space between the herds of animals: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin discusses how Yaakov was forced to fight with the interior and exterior forces of Esau before he could build an altar: link
  • R Ezra Bick explores why Yaakov built an altar at Beit El:”>link
  • R Baruch Simon explores how a person can achieve Shlemus HaAdam: link (audio), and growing step by step: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David and R Yaakov Neuberger discuss Maaseh Avos Siman LBanim, as well as various aspects of the commentary of Ramban: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Issur of Gid HaNasheh: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter examines our dual relationship with the secular world: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsksy discusses the legacy of Yakov Avinu and R Shimon Bar Yochai: link, as well as the spiritual and physical dangers posed by Esau: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal suggests how we can act Lshem Shmayim: link
  • 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, etc of Interest

  • R Baruch Simon explores the role of Minhagim in Halacha: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Miller eulogizes R Benny Eisner Z”l: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofksy discusses Bishul Akum in our homes and restaurants: link (audio)
  • R Elchanan Adler analyzes the Tefilah of Ein Klokeinu: link (audio)
  • About Joel Rich

    Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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