Author Archives: Steve Brizel

Parashah Roundup: Acharei-HaGadol 5771

by Steve Brizel / Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Halachic structure and Hashkafa underlying the Avodas Yom HaKipurim: link (audio) R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores the role of Seir LaAzazel and the contrasting role of the scapegoat in other societies: link R Berel Wein discusses why the Parsha of Arayos is read at Mincha on Yom HaKipurim: link R Yissocher Frand, based on an incident involving R Chaim Solovceitchik ZL, explores the unique nature of...

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Parashah Roundup: Metzora 5771

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein analyzes the severity of the plague that settles in the walls of one’s house: link R Yissocher Frand, based on the words of Rambam in Hilcos Tumaas Tzoraas 16:10, illustrates the consequences of a mistake, as opposed to an intentional act: link The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, demonstrates the element ...

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Parashah Roundup: Tazria 5771

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL surveys the sequence of the various forms of Tumaah and Karbanos in this week’s Parsha and the level of conduct that the Torah demands with respect to our speech. (Yiddish): link (audio) R Aharon Lichtenstein and R Hershel Schachter underscore the importance of realizing and preserving the difference between Kedushah and Tumaah that was ...

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Parashah Roundup: Shemini-Parah 5771

by Steve Brizel / R Reuven Spolter examines the tragedy in Itamar in light of the death of two of Aharon HaKohen’s sons / R Berel Wein analyzes the connection between the death of two of Aharon HaKohen’s sons and the Halachos of Kashrus / R Baruch Simon discusses the appointment of Aharon HaKohen as Kohen Gadol

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Parashah Roundup: Tzav-Purim 5771

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein and R Ephraim Buchwald explain why the opening word of this week’s Parsha encompasses much of the commandment centered message of Judaism and the traditions of a life dedicated to Torah: link 1, link 2 R Herschel Schacter explains the difference between a Mitzvah and a Horaas Shaah and that we must follow Halacha ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayikra 5771

by Steve Brizel Korbanos and Kohanim Rav Soloveitchik ZL explores the connection between the Sidros and Haftaros in Sidra Vayikra: link (audio) Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the purpose of Korbanos: link (audio) R Herschel Schachter discusses the numerous differences between Kodshim Kalim and Kodshei Kodshim and many other Inyanei Kodshim and provides an overview to Seder Kodshim: link 1 ...

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Parsha Roundup: Parashas Pekudei 5771

by Steve Brizel R Yitzchak Etshalom provides an overview of Sefer Shmos: link R Berel Wein explains why our Parsha reads like the report of an accountant: link R Yissocher Frand discussed why the prefabricated Bayis Shlishi will have sunken gates: link The Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explores what we can learn from the daily ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayakhel 5771

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein explores why the Halachos of Shabbos were taught in public: link R Michael Rosensweig examines the relationship between Shabbos and the Mishkan: link R Yissocher Frand discusses why Betzalel’s willingness to share the public light made him a leader: link R Avigdor Nevenzal explores giving generously and precision in Mitzvos: link R Yitzchak Etshalom ...

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Parashah Roundup: Ki Sisa 5771

By Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL investigates the Episode of the Golden Calf and Moshe Rabbeinu’s queries to HaShem: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, and R Michael Rosensweig explore the individual and communal elements of the Machtzis HaShekel: link 1, link 2 R Yissocher Frand suggests why Moshe Rabbeinu required ...

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Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh 5771

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein explores the role of the Menorah and the absence of Moshe Rabbeinu from this week’s Parsha: link R Dr. Ari Zivotsosky discusses the shape of the Luchos: link The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses the hidden light of the Menorah: link R Yissocher Frand illustrates why the goal of every ...

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