Parashah Roundup

Parashah Roundup: Miketz-Chanukah 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL explains why the mitzvah of Teshuvah is a common themes of the Parshiyos from Vayeshev to the end of Sefer Breishis and Chanukah: link R Berel Wein illustrates why the interpretation of dreams requires a certain intuition, self-confidence, and certainty of spirit that is found in all great people: link R Yissocher Frand discusses ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayeshev-Chanukah 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses the sale of Yosef: link (audio) R Berel Wein discusses what happens when a dreamer meets reality: link R Yissocher Frand discusses the preoccupation of the brothers of Yosef with themselves: link R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the reactions of Yosef’s brothers and Yaakov to his dreams: link R Shlomoh Riskin investigates who directed ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayishlach 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL, sets forth the limitations inherent in interfaith ecumenical theological dialogue: link (PDF). For those interested in the background to and effect of “Confrontation“, see see Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (ed. Nathaniel Helfgot, Ktav, 2005) at Pages 247-252, 257-258, 259-267 R Walter Wurzburger ZL justifies and ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayetze 5773

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein examines how a Torah education helps a person solve his or her problems and difficulties: link R Yissocher Frand discusses Yaakov’s dream of the ladder: link R Yitzchak Etshalom analyzes Yaakov’s vow: link The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, and R Chaim Eisentein, discusses how to find Kedushah in the ...

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Parashah Roundup: Toldos 5773

by Steve Brizel R Berel Wein , based on the writings of R Samson Raphael Hirsch. ZL reminds us that successful chinuch of one’s children depends on not trying to fit children with different personalities into the same educational model: link R Yissocher Frand andR Yitzchak Etshalom delve into the personality of Yitzchak: link 1, link 2 The Netziv ZL, ...

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Parashah Roundup: Chayei Sarah 5773

by Steve Brizel R Yissocher Frand, based on a drasha of Rav Soloveitchik ZL (link audio) explains why Sarah Imeinu , regardless of her chronological age, always had within her the attributes of a seven year old (purity and innocence), the attributes of a twenty year old (vitality and idealism) and the attributes of a 100 year old (wisdom and ...

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Parashah Roundup: Vayera 5773

by Steve Brizel R Aaron Soloveitchik ZL discusses lessons of Chesed that we learn from the Avos , and Avraham Avinu as the epitome of Midas HaChesed: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio) R Sir Jonathan Sacks and R Berel Wein explain why Avraham Avinu offered hospitality to his guest before he listened to HaShem: link 1 (PDF), link 2 ...

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Parashah Roundup: Lekh Lekha 5773

by Steve Brizel Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses why Ramban’s commentary on Chumash is the best means to gain an insight into the words of the Chumash the way that Chazal understood the Tanach: link (audio) (see also The Rav on the Parsha, Sefer Breishis, Page 3), and what the Ramban meant in emphasizing that Maaseh Avos Siman LaBanim: link R ...

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Parashah Roundup: Noach 5773

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: Bereishis 5773

by Steve Brizel (Five years of Parashah Roundups! Congratulations Steve and thank you. -Gil) Adam I and Adam II Rav Soloveitchik ZTL discusses the two creation passages in the Torah and the difference between majestic man and covenantal man and the spiritual message of Breishis: link 1, link 2 (audio) R. Dr. Abraham J. Twerski urges us to remember that ...

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