Thursday, May 01, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Kedoshim 5768

by Steve Brizel

Yom HaShoah

  • R. Yehudah Amital reminds us that the key to any Torah understanding of the Holocaust is to never diminish its uniqueness as a historical event and that man must always place his trust in God, as opposed to man R"L seeking to either blame God or invoke theodicy based arguments: link

  • Kedoshim Tihyu
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom explains that the constant refrain of “Ani HaShem” is designed to remind us of the goal that each mitzvah has in our building a Torah based society: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand explains why Kedoshim Tihiyu required a massed assembly in light of a well known dispute between Rashi and Ramban: link
  • R. Berel Wein reminds us that Jews must act in their everyday lives in a manner that exemplifes Kedushah: link

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  • R. Jonathan Sacks explores the meaning of Kedoshim Tihiyu in light of the well-known comment of Ramban and a not so well view of the Rambam in the first chapter of Hilchos Deos: link
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky suggests that the theme of Morah in relating to parents and Talmidie Chachamim is to remind us of Maamad Har Sinai: link
  • R. Mayer Twersky discusses how a Jew should sanctify his life: link
  • R. Yitzchok Adlerstein, based upon the Nesivos Shalom, suggests that all of the mitzvos in this week's Parsha are tools for attaining Kedusha in one's life: link
  • R. Yaacov Haber (Torahlab) asks whether we really want to be holy: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald elaborates upon the many halachos of doing business in a forthright manner: link (Mazel tov on his son's forthcoming Chasunah!)

  • The Repetition of Issurei Arayos
  • R. Amnon Bazak suggests an explanation why Issurei Ayraos are seemingly repeated after being recently set forth in Parshas Acharei Mos: link

  • Bearing Revenge
  • R. Aharon Lichenstein, based upon a reading of two different halachos in the Rambam, suggests that Avodah Zarah and the bearing of revenge are prohibited for the same reason: link (DOC)

  • Hocheach Tocheach
  • The Chavos Yair (as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass) explores how to give rebuke in a positive manner: link

  • Lifnei Iver
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb (Morah D'Asrah of Shomrei Emunah and Baal Mchaber Sefer Ateres Yaakov) discusses the halachic and hashkafic aspects of Lifnei Iver: link (audio)

  • The Mitzvah of Orlah
  • R. Baruch Simon, in his weekly shiur, explores the halachic and hashkafic aspects of this mitzvah: link (audio)

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