Parsha Roundup: Chukas 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL, explores the mitzvah of Parah Adumah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), discusses the conflict of Chok and contemporary thinking , why Moshe Rabbeinu did not enter the Land of Israel , and the growing up of the Children of Israel please see R David Holzer’s newly published The Rav Thinking Aloud On the Parsha Sefer Bamidbar, Parshas Chukas, Pages 154-160 , 170, 176-178.
  • R Berel Wein explains why Moshe Rabbeinu was bound to the fate of his generation: link
  • R Yissocher Frand reminds us of the difficulties inherent in transitional periods of life: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the nature of the transgression of Moshe Rabbeinu at Mei M’rivah: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why HaShem permitted the erection of a copper snake: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlersetin, suggests that Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon haKohen at Mei M’rivah failed to teach the power of communal Torah learning and Tefilah: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses Taamei HaMitzvos: link (audio), Dina DMalchusa Dina: link (audio). Ain Kategor Naases Sanegor link (audio), and whether Kivrei Tzadikim Mtahmin link (audio)
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein analyzes the transition of leadership in this week’s Parsha: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig discusses why absolute Emunah is a test and prerequisite of national leadership: link, the role of Chukim in Torah study and commitment: link, and the role of Kiddush HaShem as a component of national leadership: link
  • R Herschel Schachter explains the importance of ego and humility in Torah study: link, and Hilcos Tumah VTaharah: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky explains why Pararh Adumah symbolizes the limitations of human understanding and why only one who is wholeheartedly committed to na’aseh can accept nishma: link
  • R Asher Brander discusses the legacy of Miriam HaNeviah and Aharon HaKohen: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses the challenge of the message of the Mitzvah of Parah Adumah: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains the connection between the Petirah of Miriam HaNeviah and the cessation and loss of the source of water: link
  • R Shlokoh Riskin, based on the teachings of Rav Soloveitchik ZL, explains the unique requirements of the Parah Adumah that those who attempt to purify Klal Yisrael, take the risk of becoming impure themselves: link
  • R Baruch Simon explores how to develop one’s latent Kedusha: link (audio)
  • R Moshe Zuriel discusses the halachic propriety of visiting a cemetery: link (PDF)
  • R Akiva Males discusses halachic issues confronted by Jewish GIs and their Dog Tags: link (PDF)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses sonograms and the sanctity of Kohanim: link (audio), whether a Kohen may enter a cemetery: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman discusses the Halachos associated with the Parah Adumah: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses the message of the copper snake: link (audio), and the message of faith inherent in the Parah Adumah : link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal reminds us that we cannot understand why tragedies happen in this world: link
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