Author Archives: Steve Brizel

Parshah Roundup: Emor 5772

by Steve Brizel R Ahron Soloveitchik ZL examines Tumaah and Taharah, as depicted in the Mitzvos of this week’s Parsha: link (audio) R Berel Wein examines why the Torah demands that the kohanim constantly strive for holiness and self-improvement: link R Yissocher Frand explains why the smell of the Esrog is equated with the smell of Torah: link R Yitzchak ...

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Parashah Roundup: Acharei Mos-Kedoshim 5772

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL, examines this week’s Parshiyos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Aaron Soloveitzchik ZL analyzes the interface of Mishpat, Tzedek and Tzedaka: link (audio) R Berel Wein examines the emphasis on issues of intimacy and sexuality in this week’s Parshiyos: link R Yissocher Frand discusses the prohibitions against marrying two sisters and coveting another ...

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Parsha Roundup: Tazria-Yom HaAtzmaut 5772

By: Adina Brizel (for the continued Refuah Shleimah of Zelig ben Rachel Devora Brizel) R. Asher Weiss on Kashrus Verification (audio) R. Michael Taubes on Eating Meat and Fish (audio) R. Yonason Sacks on Aseh Docheh Lo Ta’aseh, Milah and Tzara’as (audio) R. Mosheh Lichenstein on The Religious Significance of Yom Ha-atzmaut R. Aharon Lichtenstein on Aliyah R. Ezra Bick on Taharat HaMetzora R. Berel Wein on Decision Making Process of the Kohein R. Yissocher Frand on Loyalty R. Jonathan Sacks on Medical Ethics R. Moshe Taragin on the Gush Etzion Massacre (audio) R. Baruch Simon on Tazria-Metzora (audio) R. Hershel Schachter on Tazria-Metzora (audio)

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Parashah Roundup: Shemini 5772

By: Adina Brizel (for the continued Refuah Shleimah of Zelig ben Rachel Devora Brizel) Rebbetzin Smadar Rosensweig on Pesach to Shavuot Leadership Values in Tanach (audio) Rabbi Michael Taubes on Parshas Shemini: The Cohen raising his hands during his blessing (audio) Rabbi Ari Zahtz on Parshat Shemini Were Chazal Out to Get Nadav and Avihu (audio) Rabbi Hershel Schachter on ...

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Parashah Roundup: Tzav-HaGadol 5772

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses why the Torah repeatedly tells us with respect to Karbanos of the fact that the mitzvah is being commanded to Aharon and his sons: link (audio) R Hershel Schachter examines the difference between a Mitzvah and a Horaas Shah: link R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores signals of transcendence that prompt the bringing of ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayikra-HaChodesh 5772

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL surveys the connection between Krias HaTorah and the Haftarah in Sefer Vayikra: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) Rav Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses the purpose of Korbanos: link (audio) R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores the relationship between self and sacrifice: link (PDF) R Ephraim Buchwald discusses the origins of the various minhagim involving the ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayakhel-Pekudei-Parah 5772

by Steve Brizel Parshas Parah Rav Soloveitchik ZL (in Yiddish) discusses the centrality of Shabbos in Parshas Vayakhel: link (audio), and Parshas Parah (in English): link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Berel Wein discusses the public and private observance of Shabbos: link R Sir Jonathan Sacks: link (PDF) explores the crucial role of the women in the making of ...

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Parashah Roundup: Ki Sisa 5772

By Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL examines the Episode of the golden calf: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Herschel Schachter explores the development and redaction of Torah SheBaal Peh: link 1, link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio) R Sir Jonathan Sacks and R ...

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Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh-Zakhor 5772

by Steve Brizel R Soloveitchik ZL discusses the relationship between and the unique functions of Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaKohen: link (audio) R Ahron Soloveitzchik ZL, discusses the Mitzvah to destroy Amalek: link (audio) R Michael Rosensweig explores the roles of the Tzitz: link and the Mizbeach HaKetores: link R Berel Wein discusses the function, purpose and symbolism of the ...

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Parsha Roundup: Parashas Terumah 5771

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the Mitzvah of Binyan Beis HaMikdash: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Ahron Soloveitchik ZL explores the Kedusha of the Mishkan: link (audio) R Sir Jonathan Sacks demonstrates why the details set forth in the building of the Mishkan: link (PDF) represent an architecture of holiness that is dependent on precision and ...

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