Parashah Roundup: Balak 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL explains the difference between Bilaam and Nevuas Moshe Rabbeinu , why loneliness is a good thing, please see R David Holzer’s newly published The Rav Thinking Aloud On the Parsha, Sefer Bamidbar, Parshas Balak, Pages 179-187
  • R Herschel Schachter , based on the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh, explains why if Klal Yisroel wil be worthy, we would witness the emergence of the Jewish government in Eretz Yisroel in miraculous and supernatural fashions, similar to a shooting star. But if we will not be zoche, then an inferior quality government will emerge in Eretz Yisroel, lacking the charm and the luster of the shooting star: link, discusses whether one is allowed to daven for a miracle: link (audio), why Bnei Yisrael live and are buried differently: link (audio), and why, as explained by R Velvel ZL, the Talmud tells us Moshe Rabbeinu wrote Parshas Bilaam: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein reminds us not to forget the role of Balak in the events described in this week’s parsha: link
  • R Yissocher Frand sets forth three differences between Bilaam and R Yosi Ben Kisma: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses how the text of the Torah itself compares Avraham Avinu and Bilaam HaRasha: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Dveikus between Klal Yisrael and HaShem was the target of Bilaam’s penetrating wisdom of the negative: link
  • The Netziv, ZL, as , as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses whether the donkey of Bilaam survived: link
  • R Ezra Bick analyzes the dialogue between Balak and Bilaam: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks, and R Shlomoh Riskin explain why being singular, distinctive, and countercultural are part of the Jewish condition: link 1, link 2
  • R Asher Brander explains why we must avoid a motionless, expressionless, cold and antiseptic version of Judaism: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses rescuing someone from Shmad on Shabbos: link (audio), Kedushas Beis Haknesses v Beis HaMedrash: link (audio), and Krias Shema in the morning and Krias Shema Al HaMitah: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky explains why tents and streams are the secret of Jewish survival: link, how to fulfill the explicit commandments and the unsaid will of HaShem: link, and why rabbinic decrees are “in between the lines” of the Torah laws: link
  • R Yakov Haber: link, explains why Avodas Hashem entails our an awareness and application of the broad principles of Torah while not forgetting about the centrality of each detail of mitzvos
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the Kedusha of a Jewish home: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon surveys Bilaam’s attack on the Shalosh Regalim: link (audio), and the proper attitude towards enemies of our faith, and the meaning of Aleinu Lshabecha, as understood by the Iyun Tefilah: link (audio), and the Ramban’s view of Bilaam: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal suggests how we can guard our eyes: link (audio), and defines true freedom: link (audio)
  • R Reuven Spolter discusses the hidden message of sexual ethics: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein analyzes Bilaam’s one-eyed perspective: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses Kanaim Pogim Bo and vigilante justice: link (audio)
  • R Beinish Ginsburg discusses the Netziv ZL’s portrayal of how one can be an intelligent monotheist without morals: link (audio)
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