Author Archives: Steve Brizel

Parashah Roundup: Re’eh 5773

By Steve Brizel R Yitzchak Etshalom demonstrates how this week’s Parsha is a bridge from Mitzvos to Mishpatim: link R Herschel Shachter illustrates how the opening words of this week’s Parsha serve as a source for Bchirah Chofshis: link R Zvi Sobolofsky , based on a fascinating source, discusses the power of the individual: link (audio) R Berel Wein explains ...

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Parashah Roundup: Eikev 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the philosophy and origins of prayer: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), and Hilcos Tefilin: link (audio), and the Tefilin of Rabbeinu Tam: link (audio) R Wein explains why actions have consequences, and that there is a guiding hand to Jewish and world history and events that will eventually reveal itself: link R ...

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Parashah Roundup: Va-eschanan/ Nachamu 5773

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein explains the significance of the twice daily recitation of Shema Yisrael: link R Yissocher Frand, based on the commentary of Ibn Ezra, explores how the Torah can command us not to be jealousl: link R Michael Rosensweig explains why Lo Sachmod is the climax and conclusion of the Aseres HaDibrosl: link (audio) R Yitzchak ...

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Parashah Roundup: Devarim-Chazon 5773

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 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio), link 12 (audio), link 13 (audio) R Berel Wein discusses the personal assessment ...

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Parashah Roundup: Matos-Masei 5773

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 ...

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Parashah Roundup: Pinchas 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL explains the unique reward given to Pinchas, why we should keep our enemies far, and our friends farther away, the legal power of a rav, the giving of Semicha to Yehoshua, and the especial enmity reserved for the Midyanim, please see R David Holzer’s newly published The Rav Thinking Aloud On the Parsha Sefer ...

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Parashah Roundup: Balak 5773

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, ...

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Parsha Roundup: Chukas 5773

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 ...

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Parashah Roundup: Korach 5773

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 ...

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Parashas Roundup: Beha’alosekha 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the elements of leadership: link (audio), and the sequence of events in Sefer Bamidbar until the end of this week’s Parsha: link (audio), and other themes in this week’s Parsha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio) R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL examines the consolation of Aharon HaKohen: link (audio) R Berel ...

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