Author Archives: Steve Brizel

Parashah Roundup: Vayetze 5771

by Steve Brizel Rav Aaron Soloevitchik ZL discusses why Yaakov Avinu’s actions were critical in the development of the Jewish People: link (audio) R Berel Wein explains why Yaakov Avinu’s travails symbolize the ups and downs of Jewish life in exile: link R Yissocher Frand discusses the reaction of Rachel Imeinu to the birth of Yosef: link R Yitzchak Etshalom ...

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Parashah Roundup: Toldos 5772

by Steve Brizel (rerunning last year’s roundup due to computer problems) R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL explores Yaakov’s method of receiving the Brachos from Yitzchak and whether such a blessing has any significance: link (audio) R Berel Wein explores why  wisdom, patience, good will and common sense are the ingredients for family success and achievement: link R Yissocher Frand reminds us that ...

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Parashah Roundup: Chayei Sarah 5772

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL, based on a Girsa in the opening commentary of Rashi, examines the uniqueness of Sarah Imenu: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) “Woe to the Ship that Lost its Helmsman” (Bava Basra 91a) Special R Hershel Schachter explains why the life of R Nossan Tzvi Finkel ZL demonstrates that striving to become a Talmid ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayera 5772

by Steve Brizel R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL explores lessons of Chesed from the Avos: link (audio), and Avraham Avinu and the Midah of Chesed: link (audio) R Berel Wein reminds us that we must be attuned to the messages that emanate from Heaven: link R Yissocher Frand explains how the tenth test of Avraham Avinu validated the first nine tests: ...

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Parashah Roundup: Lekh Lekha 5772

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZTL explains why Ramban’s commentary is critical to an understanding of Chumash and even more critical to a Jewish world view than the Moreh Nevuchim: link (audio) Sarah Imeinu Mgayeres Es HaNashim Special L Zecher Nishmas Rebbitzen Batsheva Kanievsky, Zicronah Livracha: link 1, link 2 R Berel Wein and R Sir Jonathan Sacks explore the ...

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Parashah Roundup: Noach 5772

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses man and society: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), and the religious definition of man: link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio) R Berel Wein suggests why Noah was unable to move on with life, as opposed to being ...

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Parashah Roundup: Ha’azinu-Shabbos Shuvah 5772

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein discusses the ongoing relevance of the mixed messages in this week’s Parsha: link R Hershel Shachter explains why HaShem and Klal Yisrael are unique and isolated, and why increased Torah study is one of the first steps towards Teshuvah: link R Yissocher Frand reminds us of the importance of studying history, but not blindly ...

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Parashah Roundup: Nitzavim-Vayeileikh 5771

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein discusses the unique elements of the covenant between HaShem and Am Yisrael: link R Michael Rosensweig explores the blueprint for teshuvah in this week’s Parsha: link R Yissocher Frand explores why Teshuvah requires us to consider the root cause of sin:link R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the many dimensions of teshuvah: link The Nesivos Shalom, ...

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Parashah Roundup: Ki Savo 5771

by Steve Brizel R Yitzchak Etshalom and R Jeffrey Saks examines the underlining motifs of Mikra Bikurim and Vidui Maaseros: link 1, link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio) R Berel Wein discusses the contemporary application of the Tochacha: link R Mordechai Willig, R Yissocher Frand and R Asher Brander explore how one finds pleasure in Mitzvos and the importance of ...

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Parashah Roundup: Ki Seitzei 5771

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein suggests that we use Chodesh Elul as a period of spiritual personal training to prepare for the Yamim Noraim: link R Yonasan Sacks discusses the Issur of Eshes Yefas Toar: link (audio) R Yissocher Frand analyzes why we analyze the Parsha of the Ben Sorer UMorer: link R Jeffrey Saks investigates parenting secrets of ...

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