Parsha Roundup: Chukas 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Mitzvah of Parah Adumah: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the interplay between ego and humility in the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah: link, Sof Tummah LaTzes, Hazaas Shishi VSshvii: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman explores various aspects of Parah Adumah: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein illustrates why finite man can never understand mysteries in life that are beyond his comprehension: link
  • R Yissocher Frand, and R Zvi Sobolofsky explain why Tumaah and Taharah, as the subject of Parah Adumah are defy our understanding are symbolic of our need to subjugate our will to that of Ratzon HaShem: link 1, link 2
  • R Ephraim Buchwald examines the unique role of Miriam HaNeviah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the transgression of Moshe Rabbeinu at Mei Mrivah: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses why Moshe was commanded to build a copper serpent: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig analyzes the role of Chukim in Torah study and commitment: link, and Kiddush HaShem as a component of national leadership: link
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein examines the issues of Moshe Rabbeinu’s leadership and the transition of generations: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks reminds us that the Parah Adamah symbolizes that Kedusha is to be found in life: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin suggests that the Parah Adamah symbolizes the values that the Jewish People bring to the nations of the world, and reminds us of the catastrophic events and consequences that follow from a world devoid of those values: link
  • R Asher Brander ponders the lives and teachings of Miriam HaNeviah and Aharon HaKohen: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Taamei HaMitzvos, and Dina Dmalchusa: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon examines the concept of latent Kedushah, as developed by the Shem MiShmuel: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the connection between the defeat of Moav, and its consequences for the generation that entered the Land of Israel: link, and our inability to discern how God functions in this world, and self-sacrifice for Torah: link
  • R Zvi Romm and R Reuven Spolter examine various aspects of the commentary of the Meshech Chachmah on this week’s Parsha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Ayeh Lebowitz and R Dovid Gottlieb analyze whether a Kohen may visit Kivrei Tzadikim ,enter a cemetery, as well as whether Kevurah is obligatory: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon examines various aspects of Tumaas Kohanim: link (audio)
  • Mrs. Shira Smiles explores renunciation and Ratzon: link (audio), and the attack and awakening caused by the proximity of Amalek: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses the commentary of Ramban on this week’s Parsha: link (audio), mitzvos which seem irrational: link (audio), and the message of faith inherent in Mitzvas Parah Adumah: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explores various Mishnayos in Pirkei Avos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio)
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    1. R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the connection between the defeat of Moav, and its consequences for the generation that entered the Land of Israel:

    2. “According to our tradition, the Torah is not merely a collection of laws; it is also a description of Elokus (G-d’s essence).”

      From RHS link -in one sentence describes essential hashkafa of Torah.

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