Parashah Roundup: Matos-Masei 5773

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by Steve Brizel

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL examines halachic and hashkafic themes of Tisha B’Av: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9, link 10, link 11, link 12, link 13, and in R David Holzer’s Thinking Aloud on The Parsha, discusses two routes to Teshuvah (pages 226-230); degrees of separation between Jews and Gentiles (pages 231-234) Maris Ayin (pages 235-238), the distinction between a holy land and a chosen land (pages 241-246), and (in 1954), the legitimacy of receiving reparations: link
  • The Netziv ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein , suggests how to build winning strategy: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why we should learn from the events of the past: link
  • R Yissocher Frand and R Hershel Schachter underscore what happens when parents emphasize the wrong priorities: link 1, link 2
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explains why the tribe of Menashe was divided: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig explores the perfection of Torah and the role of Nedarim: link, as well as the role of the Chacham in Nedarim: link 1, link 2, as well as why the Land of Israel is the heritage of the Jewish People: link
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the boundaries of the Land of Israel: link, and why no Galus lasts forever: link (audio)
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom examines the themes of tribal integrity and family integrity: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses Pinchas’ war on the Midyanites: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the role of Kohen Gadol in the functioning of the Arei Miklat: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin, based on the commentary of Ramban, explains why each of the 42 stops in the travels of the Jewish People, are described as “destinations toward starting points”: link
  • R Asher Brander emphasizes why a Jew doing right represents a loving Torah reminds us that a life well lived is a walking advertisement of Hashem’s presence in the world is (scary and) empowering: link
  • R Ezra Bick discusses the anomalies presented by the Torah’s depiction of the war against Midyan: link
  • R Baruch Simon discusses Torah SheBaal Peh and Galus: link (audio), and the Midah of Histapkus: link (audio)
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses the relationship between Parshas Matos and the transmission of Torah: link (audio), and Kedushas HaPeh: link (audio), and the commentary of the Ramban to Parshas Matos: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the sanctity of human life: link (audio)
  • Shoalim V Dorshim Section

  • R David Brofksy examines various aspects of Hilcos Taaniyos and Tisha B’Av:
    link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky explains why the Beis HaMikdash is the ultimate unifying force of the Jewish People: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig analyzes the unique nature of Tishah B’Av: link
  • R David Horwitz discusses Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Faith: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses how we rebuild through mourning: link
  • R Chaim Eisenstein, based on the Baalei Chasidus, focuses on the heart of the Three Weeks: link
  • R Shmuel Maybruch discusses confidentiality and shidduchim: link (audio)
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