Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Metzora 5768

by Steve Brizel

The Study of Torah and Tumah and Taharah

  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein emphasizes that we must study all portions of the Torah with an equal interest and desire, especially those sections that seem ugly such as Tumah and Taharah: link

  • Tzaraas Batim
  • R. Shlomo Riskin reminds us that as a nation, we must avoid the conduct that leads to Tzaraas Batim: link

  • Tumah and Taharah
  • R. Ezra Bick discusses the Tumah and Taharah of the Metzorah: link 1 and link 2
  • Dr. Yair Haas suggests that Ibn Ezra and Abarbanel, based upon a reading of R. Jonah Ibn Janach, disagreee over who is the subject of the cure in Leviticus 14:1-3: link

  • Click here to read moreTzaraas and Lashon Hara
  • R. Jonathan Sacks reviews numerous instances in Jewish history where Lashon Hara was spread in a detrimental manner about Gedolei Yisrael and the damage that ensued therein: link
  • R. Yissachar Frand shows the importance of avoiding speech that could be viewed as Lashon Hara: link
  • R. Berel Wein demonstrates the multiple negative effects of Lashon Hara: link

  • Taharas HaMishpachah
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald (may he and his family have a Mazel Tov on the upcoming chasumah of their son!) explains the imporance of Taharas HaMishpacha in a Torah observant family: link

  • Shoalim v Dorshim Lifnei HaChag Department

    Preparing for Pesach
  • The Shem MiShmuel (as prepared by R. E. Kwass) emphasizes the importance of preparing for each of the Shalosh Regalim as part of one's encounter with God: link

  • R. Michael Rosensweig discusses Biur Chametz on Erev Shabbos: link (audio)
  • R. Mordechai Willig reviews the requirements of Mechiras Chametz: link (audio)
  • R. Baruch Simon investigates the prohibition of eating Chametz on Erev Pesach: link (audio)
  • R. Hershel Schachter and R. Zvi Sobolofsky discuss the mitzvos of the night of Pesach and insights into the Haggadah link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Favorites More