Parashah Roundup: Matos-Masei 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein suggests that Parshas Maasei symbolizes our wanderings as a people through history, as well as the consequences of our decisions of the past with respect to their impact on the future as individuals: link
  • R Yissocher Frand and R Dovid Gottlieb investigate the misplaced priorities of the tribes of Gad and Reuven: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the themes of tribal integrity and family integrity: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains how words can heal or hurt: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, investigates why Am Yisrael stopped 42 times during the journey through the desert, and the fundamental hashkafic lessons learned therefrom: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin, based on the Ramban, suggests that Maasei Avos Siman LBanim, as a key to understanding Jewish history throughout the millennia, explains why Am Yisrael stopped 42 times during the desert: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks, based on the Ramban and R Yehudah HaLevi, examines the religious significance of the Land of Israel: link, and the uniqueness of the voices of the Neviim: link (PDF)
  • R Ezra Bick discusses the connection between the Parshiyos of Nedarim, Tevilas Kelim, and the war against Midyan: link
  • R Asher Brander reminds us that that a Jew doing right represents a loving Torah reminds us that a life well lived is a walking advertisement of Hashem’s presence in the world is (scary and) empowering: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Mitzvos HaYachid VHaTzibur, and Tevilas Kelim: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter underscores the importance of straightening out our priorities: link,and why the Torah elaborates on the boundaries of the Land of Israel: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig analyzes the perfection of Torah and the role of Nedarim: link, and the role of the Chacham as reflected in Nedarim: link
  • R Baruch Simon examines the relationship between Parshas Masei and Torah SheBaal Peh: link (audio), and the Midah of Histapkus: link (audio)
  • R Mayer Twersky discusses the importance of moderate abstinence: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal examines the significance of adhering to one’s vows: link, and the dangers of acting in haste: link
  • R Dovid Horwitz evaluates the choice of Shevet Reuven: link (audio)
  • R Chanan Balk discusses the roles of Moshe Rabbeinu and Yirmiyahu HaNavi, their destinies, and one act of Kabalas Ol Malchus Shamayim: link (audio), as well as suggests a new theory with respect to the Parshiyos that precede and follow Tisha B’Av: link (audio)
  • R Shmuel Maybruch discusses aspects of Kedushas Yisrael: link (audio), as well Halachic issues with respect to pests and produce: link (audio)
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  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Halachos, Hashkafa and Kinos of Tisha B’Av: link (audio)
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses various themes in Megilas Eicha: link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF)
  • R David Brofksy and R Elyakim Koenigsberg discuss the Halachos of the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8 (audio)
  • Mrs. Ilana Saks discusses the famous comment of R Akiva in Makos 24b: link (audio)
  • R Tamir Granot surveys various hashkafic approaches to the Holocaust: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9, link 10, link 11, link 12, link 13, link 14, link 15, link 16, link 17, link 18, link 19, link 20, link 21, link 22, link 23, link 24, link 25, link 26, link 27, link 28, link 29, link 30, link 31, link 32, link 33, link 34, link 35, link 36, link 37, link 38, link 39, link 40, link 41, link 42, link 43, link 44
  • Rebbitzen Esther Farbstein and Mrs. Ruth Lichtenstein discuss spiritual resistance during the Holocaust: link
  • R D Norman Lamm and R Ephraim Buchwald remind us that the Holocaust cannot serve as a model for a positive view of Jewish identity. R Moshe Ziemba discusses the role of R Menachem Ziemba HaShem Yimkam Damo ZL with an emphasis on his Gadlus BaTorah, leadership and support of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising: link 1, link 2 (Pages 259-261), link 3
  • For various views on how to constructively confront the issues confronting the next generation of Orthodoxy in North America, see: link 1, link 2, and link 3
  • R D Shnayer Z. Leiman discusses a famous letter of R Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook ZL on Ahavas Yisrael, and the role of R Kook ZL, in a tragic incident that rocked the pre World War II Yishuv-the assassination of Chaim Arlosoroff ZL: link 1 (PDF), and how R Yekutiel Yehudah Greenwald ZL spent Tishah B’Av at the University of Leipzig: link 2 (PDF)
  • For a discussion on the drafting of yeshiva students, see the views of R Shlomoh Yosef Zevin ZL: link
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