Parashah Roundup: Acharei Mos-Kedoshim 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL, examines this week’s Parshiyos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Aaron Soloveitzchik ZL analyzes the interface of Mishpat, Tzedek and Tzedaka: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein examines the emphasis on issues of intimacy and sexuality in this week’s Parshiyos: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses the prohibitions against marrying two sisters and coveting another person’s possessions: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom analyzes the relationship of Parshas Acharei Mos to the death of Nadav and Avihu and surveys the recent history of Religious Zionism: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Etshalom, explores the views of Rashi and Targum Unkelos in explicating Vaikra 18:5: link, and why Shabbos and kibud Av VaEm are extraordinarily effective gateways towards fully and consistently living a life of kedushah: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks , based on the R Akiva’s statement in the last Mishnah in Yoma , explains why Judaism after Churban Bayis Sheni, and the rise of Pauline-influenced Christian beliefs, never accepted the idea of “original sin”: link
  • R Ezra Bick examines why the Parsha of Arayos is the Holy Constitution of the Jewish People: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin reminds us of the contemporary meaning and context of Vayikra 19.18: link
  • R Hershel Schachter, R Mordechai Willig, R Michael Rosensweig and Rav Mayer Twersky: link 1, link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), and R Shmuel Kamenetsky: link (PDF), set forth the halachic and hashkafic positions on the Jewish position towards homosexuality, and why there empathy, on an individual level, as opposed to sentiments rooted either in politically and socially correct attitudes or legitimization of the prohibited on the communal level, remains the proper halachic and hashkafic perspective.
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the parameters of Kinyanei Gneiva UGzeilah: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses planting trees in the Land of Israel and accomplishments in one’s life: link (audio), and how one can advance in Kedusha, one step at a time: link (audio)
  • R David Horwitz explores Ramban’s understanding of the prohibition against eating blood: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Neuberger discusses the importance of maintaining Kedusha in the Land of Israel: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Romm explores the commentary of the Meshech Chachmah on Parshas Acharei Mos: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky examines why Asu Siyag LaTorah is the key to Yiras Shamayim: link, and the common denominator between the commandments to treat Talmidei Chachamim, parents, kings, and the Beis HaMikdash with the same awe that we have towards HaShem: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses how we can internalize halachic values and adopt a halachic world view: link

  • R Aryeh Lebowitz discusses how spirituality can be normalized: link (audio), and hugging sisters and aunts: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon and R Zvi Sobolofksy surveys numerous issues in Hilcos Eruvin:
    link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio), link 12 (audio), link 13 (audio), link 14 (audio), link 15 (audio), link 16 (audio), link 17 (audio), link 18 (audio), link 19 (audio), link 20 (audio)

  • R Hershel Schachter and R Eli Ozaroswski examine the halachic implications and ramifications of many aspects of business ethics and halacha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio), link 12 (audio), link 13 (audio), link 14 (audio), link 15 (audio)
  • Several Bnei Torah share their perspectives on striking a balance between striving for success in their careers and other mitzvos as a means of avoiding the trap of spiritual mediocrity: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal examines the connections between Yom HaKipurim, Kaparah and Matan Torah: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses how to separate the holy and the mundane: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon examines the halachic elements of the Issur Negiah BArayos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses love, dating, marriage and Tznius for both genders: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Mayer Twersky discusses the Issur Negiah and the problem of evil: link (audio)
  • Milsa Agav Urcha Department
    The following are some Inyanei Halacha and Hashkaf which are unrelated to this Week’s Parshiyos, and which are Submitted as a Means of Being Nose B’Ol Chavero in similar circumstances, and as Hakaras HaTov to HaShem, my doctors, my family and all who thought of my Refuah Shelemah in their Tefilos:

  • A) R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Yonasan Sacks discuss the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • B)For those who either appreciate how the normal functioning of our bodies is an amazing Nes Galuy and for those of us who lack the proper kavanah when we recite Asher Yatzar-see the following links by R David Brofsky, R Yosef Zvi Ramon, R Aryeh Lebowitz, R Dovid Cohen, R Michael Taubes, R Moshe Gordon, R Eliav Silverman and R Beinish Ginsburg: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio)
  • C) R Elyakim Koenigsberg discusses Birkas HaGomel: link (audio)
  • D) For those who are recovering from major surgery and wish to read how R Ahron Soloveitchik ZL confronted his condition, see link (subscription required) and link
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    1. there is a shiur by rav aharon soloveitchik ztl on YU torah titled aspiring to kedusha (1966) on these parshaot. 2 hours of enjoyment, mussar and halakha. his discussion of saving an aino yehudi on shabbat and his days at chaim berlin are classic!

    2. I believe the link is broken to R Sir Jonathan Sacks’s article.

    3. Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks’s site seems to have undergone a redesign with no archive for past years’ Convenant and Conversation, but the number the broken link pointed to (Acharei Mot 5770) is available in this sheet:

    4. My mistake! The Covenant and Conversation archive is accessible from the top left tab on the Chief Rabbi’s redesigned site

      but only goes back through 5771, last year.

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