Parashah Roundup: Chayei Sarah 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Yissocher Frand, based on a drasha of Rav Soloveitchik ZL (link audio) explains why Sarah Imeinu , regardless of her chronological age, always had within her the attributes of a seven year old (purity and innocence), the attributes of a twenty year old (vitality and idealism) and the attributes of a 100 year old (wisdom and experience): link
  • R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the true meaning of beauty: link (audio), and why the Torah devotes so much detail to the problems of Avraham’s life: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein identifies the basis of Yitzchak’s love for Rivkah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom analyzes the negotiations between Avrhaham Avinu and Ephron: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, contrasts Yitzchak and Rivkah’s relationship, with the relationship between Avraham and Sarah: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, Zl, as as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains the unique nature of Avraham being blessed with everything: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why Avraham and Sarah died with a sense of fulfillment: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains the connection between the purchase of a burial plot and Eliezer’s mission to find a spouse for Yitzchak: link
  • R Ezra Bick analyzes the first meeting of Yitzchak and Rivkah: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Gidrei Hakinyanim and Kidushei Kesef: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofksy discusses the challenge of Tefilas Mincha: link
  • R Dr. Abraham Twerski sets forth the elements of mutual love and respect that form the cement of a successful marriage: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses the importance of developing a sense of Bitachon and Chisoyon: link, and why moral and ethical values are taught by example: link
  • R Mayer Twersky explains the halachic and hashkafic importance of Kvuras HaMes Khalacha: link
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses the proper midos to look for in a spouse: link
  • R Yakov Haber explains why Gmilus Chasadim is the cornerstone of the world and Am Yisrael: link
  • R Morechai Willig, link (audio) R Kenneth Brander, R Mayer Twersky, R Zvi Sobolofksy: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David, R Elyakim Koenigsberg and Dr David Pelcovitz discuss dating issues: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Shmuel Goldin, Dr. Daniel Rothenberg, and Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld discuss the struggles of Orthodox singles: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter and R Shmuel Maybruch discuss Shalom Bayis: link (audio), and the responsibilities of husbands and wives: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses how to forge new paths in Avodas HaShem: link, and why
  • R Baruch Simon analyzes the three signs of the Jewish People: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb analyzes Birkas Erusin: link (audio)
  • Hurricane Sandy Special

  • R Dovid Miller, R Elchanan Adler , R Meir Goldvicht, and R Asher Brander offer preliminary observations as to our responsibilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4
  • To see how communities in Far Rockaway and Passaic are coping, see the annexed link: link 1, link 2
  • For those interested in performing badly needed acts of Gmilus Chasadim, see the annexed link: link
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    1. Moshe Shoshan

      R. Frand quotes a drasha of the Rav? is this not a big deal?

    2. Not for R. Frand

    3. I have heard from an impeccable source that the Mesoras HaRav Machzorim are the Machzor of choice for two very prominent RY in NIRC.

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