Parashah Roundup: Korach 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL, analyzes the roots of the common sense rebellion against the authority of Moshe Rabbeinu: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) (See also For those interested in alternative explanations of the transgression of the spies of Rav Soloveitchik ZL, please R David Holzer’s newly published The Rav Thinking Aloud On the Parsha Sefer Bamidbar, Parshas Korach, Pages 127-148)
  • R Aharon Soloveitchik ZL discusses Machlokes and the Issur Lo Sisgdodeu: link (audio), what constitutes real leadership: link (audio), and the purpose of the miracle of Aharon’s staff: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the roles of consensus and Mesorah in Psak Halacha: link (audio), why a famous comment of the Sema should not be interpreted to mean that that the sechel of baalei batim is always the opposite from sechel haTorah: link, and the 24 Matnos Kehunah: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses the practical implications of foundational beliefs: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks analyzes the elements of compulsion and benevolence in the Mitzvah of Terumah: link
  • R Berel Wein suggests why our attitude towards the Land of Israel is a spiritual litmus test of Jewish faith and commitment: link and why Moshe Rabbeinu reacted in an aggressive manner against Korach and his followers: link
  • R Yissocher Frand , based upon the commentary of Rabbeinu Bchaye, suggests why we keep our feet together during Tefilah: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses the differences in power that is wielded by power, as opposed to influence: link (PDF)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses the job of a Levi: link
  • R Mayer Twersky reminds us of the dangers and consequences of self deception: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald, based on the Mishnah in Avos 4:28, analyzes the character of Korach: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom evaluates the role of the Ketores and the Anan in the aftermath of Moshe Rabbeinu’s confrontation with Korach: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom,ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Korach’s challenge was rooted in disrupting the elaborate connection between the Worlds that link Heaven and earth, as well as disrupting the connection between Hashem and us: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Korach bears the ultimate responsibility for the revolt, despite the actions of his allies: link
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein analyzes the rebellion of Korach in light of the views of Ramban, Netziv ZL, and the details of the Matnos Kehunah, as a response to the rebellion: link
  • R Barcuh Simon suggests what constitutes Achus Emes: link (audio)
  • R Asher Weiss analyzes the Halachos of a Kohen who is determined to be a Cholol: link (audio), and Shlichus BMitzvos: link
  • R Asher Brander , based on a survey of Mfarshim, suggests why the Mesiras Nefesh of authentic Jewish leadership began with Moshe Rabbeinu and continues to the present: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin suggests why Korach was more of a demagogue than a democrat: link
  • R Assaf Bednarsh discusses Elu VElu Divrei Elokim Chaim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R David Horwitz analyzes the role of Aharon HaKohen in this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Beinish Ginsburg discusses the challenge of applying the Eternal Torah to an always changing world: link (audio)
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz gives advice on how to properly get advice: link (audio), why we should trust trustworthy leaders: link (audio), and whether Kohanim should use plastic bags when flying to avoid Tumaas Mes: link (audio)
  • R Azyara Berzon analyzes the metaphysical power of Machlokes: link (audio), and the commentary of the Ramban to this week’s Parsha: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal reminds us of the importance and discusses the proper means of supporting Torah scholars: link (audio), why there is no such concept as “too much” in spiritual growth: link (audio), and the dangers of being Nogea BaDavar: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb: link (audio), and R Daniel Z. Feldman discuss the Issur of Machlokes: link (audio)
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