Parashah Roundup: Behar-Bechukosai 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Sidras and Haftoras in Sefer Vayikra and insights into Parshas Bchukosai: link (audio)
  • Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses how to understand reward and punishment with respect to our observance of Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein reminds us that one of the main themes of Parshas Behar is the impermanence of all human ownership: link
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the observations of R Yakov Kamenestky ZL, explains why the attainment of Shalom is a prerequisite for Bias HaMoshiach: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the special obligations in this week’s Parsha, Shemittah’s relationship to Har Sinai, and the condition of the blessings in this week’s Parshoiyos: link 1, link 2, link 3
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why the labor of learning and the observance of mitzvos are coequals in meriting all the blessings set forth in this week’s parshah: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, probes the relationship between Klal Yisrael and the Ger Toshav: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Azarya Berzon suggest why the Mitzvah of Shemittah is mentioned specifically by Rashi as having been given to Moshe by HaShem at Har Sinai: link 1, link (audio)
  • R Asher Brander explains why Ameilus BaTorah leads to a world built on effort and connection: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses why the Torah did not see slavery as a permanent condition: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Dinei Onaah, and the counting of Shemittah and Yovel, and how one can achieve Ameilus BaTorah: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks, and R Avishai David, based on the Meshech Chachmah, contrasts the Kedusha of Shemitah and Yovel: link 1, link 2 (audio) and explore the uniquenss of the Tochacha: link
  • R Mayer Twersky and R Michael Rosensweig explain why Ameilus BaTorah is a necessity for a proper understanding of the depth and profundity of Torah: link 1, link 2, and why we should be unapologetic in our adherence to Torah and Mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Elchanan Adler discusses the commentary of the Ramban to this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Reuven Spolter discusses a well known comment of the Meshech Chachmah on the Tochacha: link (audio)
  • R Eli Ozarowski discusses why Mesiras Nefesh pays off: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the essence of Shabbos: link (audio), Oonas Devarim: link (audio), and a famous comment of the Ramban with respect to seeking medical advice: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses the Ramban’s commentary on the Tochacha: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal examines the value of time, and a human being: link (audio), parallels between 49 years and 49 days: link (audio) and being rewarded for mitzvah observance: link
  • R Baruch Simon explains how and why we should be satisfied with less: link (audio)
  • R David Horwitz explains why there is no explicit mentioning of Olam HaBaah in the Tochacha: link
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  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL discusses various aspects of the Aseres HaDibros: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig and R Yonasan Sacks discuss preparing for Kabalas HaTorah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky explains how we can also aspire to a Kohen and a Melech: link
  • R Hershel Schachter analyzes various aspects of the Aseres HaDibros: link (audio), and whether the Torah was forced upon Klal Yisrael: link
  • R Benzion Halberstam ZL discusses Lo Sinaf and Lo Signov: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz, and R Yonasan Sacks, and R Dovid Gottlieb discuss standing for the reading of Krias HaTorah, the Aseres HaDibros, and other controversies surrounding the Aseres HaDibros: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why Shavuos celebrates human responsibility and involvement in the giving and receiving of the Torah: link and why Lo Sachmod is the climax and culmination of the Aseres HaDibros: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein explains why so much time is spent in yeshivos learning Gemara B’iyun: link (audio)
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