Author Archives: Steve Brizel

Parashah Roundup: Ki Sisa 5773

By Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the episode of the Golden Calf: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) and the significance of the Mitzvah of Teshuvah: link (audio) (See also Volume 16 Noraos HaRav for an in depth shiur on the revolutionary nature of the Mitzvah of Teshuvah and the unique nature of Torah SheBaal Peh). R Aaron Soloveitchik ...

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Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh-Zakhor 5773

by Steve Brizel R Hershel Schachter, based on a drasha from Rav Soloveitchik ZL, explains why Moshe Rabbeinu’s name is not in this week’s Parsha: link (audio) R Berel Wein suggests how to restore the Urim vTumim in our lives: link R Yissocher Frand explores why the goal of parents and teachers is to render themselves obsolete to their children: ...

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Parsha Roundup: Parashas Terumah 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses Binyan Beis HaMikdash: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), Tefilah: link (audio) and the Beis HaKnesses: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Aaron Soloveitchiuk ZL discusses the Kedushah of the Mishkan: link (audio) R Hershel Schachter discusses how to bring the Beis HaMikdash into our living rooms: link (audio) R Daniel Z. ...

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Parashah Roundup: Mishpatim 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL explains Parshas Mishpatim was the Shabbos of the Chevra Shas and why Nezikin is the most fundamental of the six divisions of the Talmud. http://bcbm.org/; and the relationship between the Aseres HaDibros and Parshas Mishpatim: link (audio) Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses various aspects of Mishpatim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Berel ...

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Parashah Roundup: Yisro 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses numerous aspects of the Aseres HaDibros: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), and the appointment of judges: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Berel Wein discusses what it means to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation: link R Yissocher Frand explains why we observe Chukim: link R Yitzchak Etshalom ...

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Parashah Roundup: Beshalach 5773

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein discusses the spiritual effects of tasting the Mannah: link R Yissocher Frand discusses why empathy for the plight of others is a plight that can be found in both the wicked and the righteous: link The Nesivos Shalom, ZL as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein,, and R Ephraim Buchwald, explain why HaShem turned the ...

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Parashah Roundup: Bo 5773

by Steve Brizel R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the mitzvah of eating matzah: link (audio) R Berel Wein explains why seeing both the general value of a commandment and observing its necessary technical details in practice is the guarantee for allowing the Torah to survive amongst the people of Israel for all times: link R Yissocher Frand illustrates the power ...

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Parashah Roundup: Va’era 5773

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein discusses the differences in the level of Divine Revelation accorded to Moshe Rabbeinu and the Avos: link R Yissocher Frand explains why Tefilah is the key to invoking Divine Assistance: link R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the education of Pharoah: link, and the inauguration of Moshe Rabbeinu: link 1, link 2 (PDF) The Nesivos Shalom ...

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Parashah Roundup: Shemos 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the episode of the burning bush: link (audio) R Aaron Solovetitchik ZL compares and contrasts the roles of Mosehe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaKohen: link (audio) R Berel Wein explains why Batya is assured of an immortal role in Jewish history: link R Yissocher Frand explains why Miriam taught the lesson of not giving ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayechi 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the themes in this week’s Parsha: link (audio) Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses why this week’s Parsha is a Parsha Stuma: link (audio) R Berel Wein discusses the lessons that we can learn from our great ancestors: link R Yissocher Frand discusses why we try harder when we take an oath: link R ...

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