Parashah Roundup: Vayigash 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL explores various themes in this week’s Parsha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the confrontation of Yosef and Yehudah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) as well as the value of life: link (audio)
  • R Ron Yitzchak Eisenman discusses how to make sense of the insensible, and reminds us that must feel the pain of our fellow Americans; we must beseech Hashem to end this plague of violence and we must work hard to insure that all of our own actions are befitting the descendants of Avraham Avinu: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why Yosef identified himself in a seemingly simple manner: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses why parents love children more than children love parents: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses why the arrival of the Shevatim was a cause for a celebration in Egypt: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Yehudah’s plea before Yosef is a paradigm for Tefilah: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom examines what caused Yosef to lose control over his emotions in front of his brothers, as well as Yosef’s intent with respect to both Yaakov and his brothers: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why Yehudah is the first Baal Teshuvah: link (PDF)
  • R Ezra Bick examines the twilight years of Yaakov: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses Yosef’s agenda and the degree of Yosef’s reunification with his brothers. http://www.vbm-torah.org/parsha/11vayig.htm, and the message that Yaakov sent to Yaakov: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains why Yehudah’s actions were the key to the reunification of the brothers: link
  • R Asher Brander explores the reunion of Yosef and Yaakov: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses priorities in honoring parents and grandparents , as well as the responsibility of someone who designates a messenger: link
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the concept of Galus HaShechinah: link, why a Jew who loves Mitzvos, as opposed to being merely observing the mitzvos: link, and why Yaakov sent Yehudah ahead to Mitzrayim: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Haber, based upon a famous comment of the Beis HaLevi, suggests that we emulate Yosef as a means of increasing Ahavas Yisrael: link
  • R Mayer Twersky discusses free will and Divine Providence in the context of the reunion of Yosef and his brothers: link
  • R Yosef Elefant explores the reaction of Yosef’s brothers to their meeting Yosef, and the feeling of Bushah: link
  • R Elchanan Adler and R Yaakov Neuberger explore issues in the commentary of the Ramban on this week’s Parsha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon demonstrates why Binyamin is the example of how not to bow down to outside forces: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses the Chasam Sofer’s unique insight to the proper response to suffering: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses why honoring Talmidei Chachamim and the Torah enable all of us to learn more intensively: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb and R Yonasan Sacks analyze the halachic status of grandchildren, and the responsibilities of Kibud Av vaEm: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Shalom Rosner and R Baruch Simon discuss the relationship of this week’s Parsha with Asara BaTeves: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Special Post Chanukah Chizuk

  • R Mordechai Willig discusses the contemporary cultural conflict between Judaism and Hellenistic values: link
  • R Dovid Miller explores R Shimshon Pinkus ZL’s Shabbos Malkesa: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio)
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    1. Did i miss the link to Rav Yoel bin Nun analysis of this wekk and the past 2 weeks parshiyot and his novel theory?

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