Parashah Roundup: Nitzavim 5772

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Hershel Schachter explains the halachic and hashkafic difference between a Goy and a Mishpacha: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why the covenant between HaShem and Am Yisrael is binding on each and every generation: link (PDF)
  • R Berel Wein reminds us that we are called upon to stand and proud in our loyalty to tradition and Jewish values: link
  • R Yissocher Frand explains why we have no excuse not to do Teshuvah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores different dimensions of Teshuvah: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains how we can all be members in good standing: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald demonstrates that teshuvah has always been a hallmark of periods of peace for Klal Yisrael: link
  • R Shlomo Riskin suggests how to choose life: link
  • R Alex Israel discusses the Mitzvah of Teshuvah: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky outlines the opportunities and responsibilities set forth in this week’s Parsha: link
  • R Mordechai Willig suggests how we can maintain our community in a post modern world: link
  • R Mayer Twersky sets forth the great spiritual bond that Am Yisrael shares with HaShem, as well as our resultant spiritual potential and responsibility: link
  • R Baruch Simon and R Yitzchak Cohen explains why the Mitzvos of Talmud Torah and Torah are interrelated and how one can maximize the fulfillment of both mitzvos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) and why every Jew is important: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains why Geulah must be accompanied by Teshuvah: link
  • R Chaim Eisenstein compares Vidui, Teshuvah, Kapparah and Taharah: link (audio)
  • Shloshim Yom Kodem Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of the Hashkafa and Halachos of Rosh HaShanah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio) as well as halachic and hashkafic aspects of Yom HaKipuurim, the Avodas Yom HaKipuurim, and Hilcos Sukkah and Arbah Minim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter, based on the teachings of Rav Soloveitchik ZL, explains why there is a mitzvah of Simcha on Rosh HaShanah and Yom HaKipurrim in being Lifnei HaShem, which is accomplished by the Mitzvos of Shofar, and eight seminal events in human history that are relevant today: link, the themes of Malchiyos, Zicronos and Shofaros, as they describe Klal Yisrael as the Am HaNivchar, and our obligations to learn Torah and love HaShem: link (audio), and how to serve HaShem His Way: link (audio), and how and when one should adopt Chumros: link (audio)
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein suggests that Teshuvah must include a rejection of the notion of the demands of religious neutrality, and a social order grounded upon a distance from HaShem: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Malchiyos, Zicronos and Shofaros: link (audio)
  • R Elchanan Adler discusses Simanim on Rosh HaShanah: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses Teshuvah rooted in fear and love (audio)
  • R Aharon Lopiansky discusses the Kol of Rosh HaShanah and the Dibur of Yom Kippur: link (audio)
  • R Bezalel Rudinsky discusses how Elul can invigorate our spiritual essence: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why Ahavas HaShem is the Teshuvah of Chodesh Elul: link, and why we should emulate Moshe Rabbeinu’s mission in reestablishing the relationship between HaShem and Klal Yisrael after the Chet HaEgel in our own preparations for the Yamim Noraim: link as well as a blueprint for teshuvah: link
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses why Teshuvah and Kaparah is dependent on Vidui link (audio)
  • R Avishai David examines the themes of Rosh HaShanah and Slichos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses various aspects of Tekias Shofar: link
  • R Daniel Stein discusses the Mitzvos of Emunah and Bitachon: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio)
  • R David Brofsky explores the unique nature of Chodesh Elul , Rosh HaShanah, Tekias Shofar: 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
  • R D Shnayer Leiman traces the origins of the inclusion of LDavid HaShem Ori in the Tefilos in Elul and Tishrei: link (audio)
  • R Noach Issac Oelbaum suggests that we use Elul in the same manner as someone who lives in an Ir Miklat: link (audio)
  • R Moshe Schwerd discusses the Din VCheshbon of Rosh HaShanah: link (audio), how to emerge from judgment victoriously: link, and three ways to secure a favorable judgment: link
  • R Efrem Goldberg discusses how to find meaning in Selichos: link (audio)
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