Parashah Roundup: Lekh Lekha 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses why Ramban’s commentary on Chumash is the best means to gain an insight into the words of the Chumash the way that Chazal understood the Tanach: link (audio) (see also The Rav on the Parsha, Sefer Breishis, Page 3), and what the Ramban meant in emphasizing that Maaseh Avos Siman LaBanim: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald: link 1, link 2 (audio) sets forth why Kiruv is a critically important Mitzvah, and Hillel Gross explains the challenges and spiritual reward of Kiruv to the FFB world: link
  • R Herschel Schachter , and R Avishai David discuss Halachic issues in Kiruv: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of Kiruv: link (audio), and the proper relationship with Non Orthodox Jews” link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig compares and contrasts the leadership of Noach and Avraham Avinu: link (audio)
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom surveys the relationship between Avraham Avinu and Lot: link, the Bris Bein HaBesarim: link 1 (PDF), link 2, and Bris Milah and Kares: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why the Torah demands that we in our personal lives measure ourselves according to the yardstick established by Avraham and Sarah, the founders of our people: link
  • R Yissocher Frand examines why the test of Lech Lecha was a greater test for Avraham Avinu than leaving Ur Kasdim: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitrchak Adlerstein, explains that HaShem’s testing of Avraham Avinu reminds us that we are all instructed to distance ourselves from our land, our birthplace, our father’s house, in the sense that we must overcome the conditions that we are challenged with individually: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein , explores the content and meaning of the various names of HaShem: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks reminds us of the focus of the mission of Avraham Avinu in being one of HaShem’s ambassadors to the world: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains the unique nature of the relationship between HaShem and the Jewish People: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains the connection between the Bris Bein HaBesarim and Bris Milah: link
  • R Asher Brander suggests that we should strive to have a sense of being Lifnei HaShem in the sense of a Tevias Ayin by recognize His presence without the need for articulation, as opposed to looking for Simanim ( by finding evidence in equidistant Torah letter skips or in the cracks and crevices of a particular event or verse): link
  • R Ezra Bick examines the treatment of Hagar by Sarah Imeinu: link
  • R Shlomoh Yosef Zevin ZL: link and Yivadleinu Lchaim , R Aharon Lichtenstein sets forth the importance of military service , and the ideology of Hesder: link
  • R Asher Weiss and R Elyakim Koenigsberg discuss various aspects of Mitzvas Bris Milah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses Avraham Avinu and Emunah: link, and the centrality of Sefer Breishis in Yahadus: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks examines the meaning of the concept Zera Avraham: link
  • R Mayer Twersky exhorts us to follow Avraham Avinu and periodically step outside ourselves and our society and objectively assess ourselves: link
  • R Herschel Schachter discusses the roots in this week’s Parsha of the minhagim of an outdoor chupah, waiting until a Bris to name a Jewish boy, and taking care of the right side of the body first: link
  • R Elchanan Adler, based on the commentary of the Ramban, examines the gift of the Land of Israel to Avraham Avinu: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon examines the nature of Avraham Avinu’s Emunah in HaShem: link (audio), Anavah and Gaivah BKedusha: link (audio), and the importance of Kevius: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains why love of learning Torah leads to Ahavas HaShem: link, and discusses the trials of Avraham Avinu: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb underscores why Chinuch is a future directed mitzvah: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein explores why Avraham Avinu waited for his Bris Milah: link (audio), as well as the Halachic identity and Kedusha of Eretz Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman examines the halacha of Mitzvah Bo Yoser Mi Bi Shlucho: link (audio)
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    1. The second link takes you to buying Hagados?

    2. The first link to R’ Soloveichik about the Ramban leads to a whole page of downloads. Can you specify the exact link? Likewise the link to R’ Soloveichik about Maase Avos etc. just leads to Ktav Publishing Co.In which book does he talk about it?

    3. The first link (I think) is the shiur available on YU’s website if you search R’ YBS and parshas lech lecha:

      There he speaks of the Ramban’s approach to chumash

    4. It should read R. Lord Jonathan Sacks, not R. Sir…He was promoted!

    5. “It should read R. Lord Jonathan Sacks, not R. Sir…He was promoted!”

      Reminds me of a funny event when I was in the kollel in YU almost 20 years ago. At the time, there was a major dispute about brain death (as there still is). R. Aharon Soloveichik and R. Herschel Schachter were against it, as was R. Immanuel Jakobowitz, then Chief Rabbi of the UK. When Jakobowitz was made a lord, R. Schachter jokingly went around saying, “Now I know I’m right. I have the Lord on my side!”

    6. Tal, that’s a great story! Thanks for sharing

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