Parashah Roundup: Vayeshev-Chanukah 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the sale of Yosef: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein discusses what happens when a dreamer meets reality: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses the preoccupation of the brothers of Yosef with themselves: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the reactions of Yosef’s brothers and Yaakov to his dreams: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin investigates who directed Yosef where to meet his brothers: link
  • R Asher Brander examines Yosef’s ability to see the image of his father: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks reminds us that the mores of the societies that the Avos confronted remain a challenge to our faith today: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the prohibition of Halbonas Panim and the halachic issues involved in Hefsek BBrachos: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter, based on a Dvar Torah of R Aharon Soloveitchik ZL, explains why Rav Yosef Ber Soloveitchik ZL, was following in the footsteps of Yosef: link
  • R Mayer Twersky suggests how to project one’s Jewishness, and how to appreciate contemporary events in Israel in light of the statement of Rambam in Hilcos Chanukah 4:12: link 1, link 2
  • R Mordechai Willig analyzes the Teshuvah of Reuven: link
  • R Baruch Simon analyzes the actions of Reuven in reaction to the initial plans of the brothers to kill Yosef: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Haber illustrates how critical events in the Parsha and Chanukah are examples of how a Jew transforms the finite into the infinite: link
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein explains the role of the episode of Yehudah and Tamar in this week’s Parsha: link
  • R Ari Kahn discusses the interaction between Yosef and Potifar’s wife: link (audio)
  • Rav Avigdor Nevenzal suggests how to judge one’s fellow Jew in a favorable manner: link, and based on the views of the Bach , reminds us that the differences between Chanukah and Purim, have contemporary significance: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon, based on the commentary of the Ramban, analyzes the relationships between Yaakov and Yosef: link (audio), and Yosef and his brothers: link (audio)
  • R Elchanan Adler analyzes Inyanei Yivum in this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
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  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL examines various halachic and hashkafic aspects of Hilcos Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Asher Weiss and R David Brofksy discuss various aspects of Hilcos Chanukah: link 1 (audio), link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9
  • R Dr. David Berger discusses the “historicity” of Chanukah: link
  • R Mayer Twersky discusses the views of Rambam and Ramban on the Chashmonaim: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter analyzes numerous halachic and hashkafic issues implicated by the celebration of Chanukah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Avishai David: link, R Yehoshua Hartman: link, and Rebbitzen Tziporah Heller: link discuss various themes of Chanukah
  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses the halachic issues implicated in the proper recitation of Yaaleh VYavo and Vsen Tal Umatar Lvracha., and being part of a minority and the obligation of simcha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman analyzes whether Hadlakah Oseh Mitzvah or Hanacha Oseh Mitzvah: link (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses whether women should light Chanukah candles: link (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses lighting Chanukah candles in a synagogue: link (audio) whether there is an obligation of a seudah on Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenisgberg and R Daniel Z. Feldman discuss Hiddur Mitzvah and Mehadrin in Ner Chanukah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the halachic issues implicated in the use of an electric menorah: link (audio)
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