Author Archives: Steve Brizel

Parashah Roundup: Bemidbar-Yom Yerushalayim 5773

by Steve Brizel R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the census in this week’s Parsha: link (audio) and the special Kedusha of women: link (audio) R Berel Wein discusses the significance of each tribe’s count: link R Yissocher Frand , based on the Mesilas Yesharim, discusses when Mishkal HaChasidus is appropriate: link The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as elucidated by R Yitzchak ...

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Parashah Roundup: Behar-Bechukosai 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Sidras and Haftoras in Sefer Vayikra and insights into Parshas Bchukosai: link (audio) Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses how to understand reward and punishment with respect to our observance of Mitzvos: link (audio) R Berel Wein reminds us that one of the main themes of Parshas Behar is the impermanence of all ...

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Parshah Roundup: Emor 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of Parshas Emor: link (audio), and Tumaah and Taharah as the connecting thread between the Mitzvos in this week’s Parsha: link (audio) R Berel Wein reminds us of the special duties of Kohanim: link R Michael Rosensweig discusses Sefiras HaOmer as a dimension of Kedushas Hazeman: link, and the relationship ...

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Special Edition Roundup: Rav's Yahrtzeit

by Steve Brizel For those interested, please download the following link to the entire program: link (audio) Mrs. Atara Twersky , R Hershel Schachter, Dr David Shatz & R Kenneth Brander discuss multiple faces of the Rav ZL: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio) R Mayer Twrsky discusses Masorah and modernity in the teachings ...

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Parashah Roundup: Acharei Mos-Kedoshim 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Sidras and Haftoras in Sefer Vayikra link (audio), and insights into Parshas Kedoshim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio) R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL examines why striving for Kedusha avoids the creation of a vacumn: link (audio) R Michael Rosensweig discusses the obligation to internalize halachic values and internalize a ...

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Parsha Roundup: Tazria-Metzora-Yom HaAtzmaut 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Sidras and Haftoras in Sefer Vayikra link (audio), and insights into Parshas Tazria: link (audio) R Hershel Schachter discusses why a Metzora is form of Aveilus: link R Michael Rosensweig discusses the Eretz Yisrael factor in Ngei Batim: link, and how to overcome human pettiness: link R Berel Wein examines the decision ...

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Parashah Roundup: Shemini 5773

by Steve Brizel Life Lessons R. Zvi Sobolofsky reminds us that the lessons of the incident of the death of Aharon HaKohen’s sons and Hilchos Maachalos Assuros is to teach us what is permissible and what is not in all aspects of life: link Moshe Rabbeinu’s Encouragement to Aharon HaKohen The Baal Shem Tov, as quoted by the Degel Machaneh ...

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Parashah Roundup: Tzav-HaGadol 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZXL examines many of the themes in this week’s Parsha. http://bcbm.org/index.htm R Berel Wein explains why the opening word of this week’s Parsha is the basis for our observance of Mitzvos. http://www.torah.org/learning/rabbiwein/5772/tzav.html R Yissocher Frand explains why the Halachos relating to the  Korban Torah are found in this week’s Parsha. http://www.torah.org/learning/ravfrand/5771/tzav.html The Nesivos Shalom ZL, ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayikra 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchikl ZL examines the connection between the Parshiyos and Haftoros in Sefer Vayikra: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Sir Jonathan Sacks and R Hanan Balk examine why the last letter of the opening word of this week’s Parsha and the name of Sefer Vayikra is traditionally written in small print: link 1 (PDF), link ...

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Parsha Roundup: Parashas Pekudei 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses Shabbos and other human situations: link (audio) R Berel Wein examines why this week’s Parshiyos focus on the theme of accountability: link R Yissocher Frand explains why initiative is the key to success in endeavors: link R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the calling of Betzalel: link, and an overview of Sefer Shemos: link The ...

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