Parashah Roundup: Vayetze 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • R Berel Wein examines how a Torah education helps a person solve his or her problems and difficulties: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses Yaakov’s dream of the ladder: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom analyzes Yaakov’s vow: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, and R Chaim Eisentein, discusses how to find Kedushah in the ordinary: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • The Netziv, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains how Yaakov’s life symbolizes the life of the Jewish People in exile: link
  • R Ezra Bick discusses the covenant of separation between Yaakov and Esau: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses persistence and initiative in Avodas HaShem: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses the origins of the world’s oldest hatred: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explores the ongoing nature of the conflict between Esau and Yaakov: link
  • R Asher Brander demonstrates how Yaakov always had his mind on the larger picture while serving Lavan: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses why Talmud Torah takes priority over honoring one’s parents, and Aveirah Lishmah: link (audio)
  • R Yakov Haber discusses when envy is prohibited, permissible and recommended: link
  • R Mayer Twersky examines how and why we should appreciate our blessings: linkl, and fulfill our destiny: link
  • R Yonosan Sacks analyzes the two primary foundations of Tefilah: link
  • R Baruch Simon explores various interpretations with respect to the that surrounded Yaakov’s head: link (audio), and the importance of learning from everything: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Neuberger, and R Azarya Berzon explores various aspects of Ramban’s commentary on this week’s Parsha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Avishai David explains why good fences make good neighbors: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the sanctity of Lasahon HaKodesh: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks and R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the Halacha of Tefilas Arvis Reshus: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman analyzes how much a person should spend on Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Michael J. Broyde surveys the halachic issues entailed in celebrating Thanksgiving: link
  • In Honor of the IDFR Chaim Jachter discusses the halachic perspective on civilian casualties: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
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    1. “R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the sanctity of Lasahon HaKodesh” should be corrected to:
      “R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the sanctity of Lashon HaKodesh.”

    2. It’s a very minor point but I believe it might be more correct to refer to “Rabbi Lord Sacks” than “Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks”

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