Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Parsha Roundup: Chukas 5768

by Steve Brizel

Parah Adumah

  • R. Isaac Bernstein zt"l offers insights into the nature of Parah Adumah: link (audio)
  • R. Herschel Schachter provides a survey of Halachos related to Parah Adumah and utilized in other halachic contexts such as Hazaas Shlishi uShivi and Sof Tumah LaTzes: link (audio)
  • R. Michael Rosensweig urges us to use the lessons of Parshas Parah to underscore that halachic authority and authentic kedushah require an intense involvement, personal sacrifice and true commitment,as opposed to passive participation: link
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky explains why Parah Adumah served to rectify the Sin of the Golden Calf: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald tells us why Parshas Chukas follows Parshas Korach: link
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  • R. Zev Leff, emphasizes that the search for Taamei HaMitzvos should never be confused with the underlying reason of a mitzvah: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin, based upon his reaction of a tour of Germany, urges us to remember that God is our Redeemer from the worst forms of impurity on a personal and communal level: link
  • The Dubno Maggid (as prepared by R. E. Kwass) suggests that when learns the halachos of Parah Adumah, unlike other mitzvos, one does not even begin to scratch the surface of the Taamei HaMitzvah: link

  • The Divine Decree Against Moshe
  • R. Berel Wein reminds us that the Parah Adamah and the Divine Decree against Moshe should help us realize that not every event in human life or history is capable of human understanding: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks asks why God decreed that Moshe Rabbeinu would not enter the Land of Israel: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein and R. Shlomo Wolbe zt"l suggestd that Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaKohen's transgression consisted of not reaching their maximum potential in sanctifying God's Name: link 1, link 2 (DOC)
  • R. Mosheh Lichstenstein, based upon the teachings of Rav Soloveitchikl zt"l, explores the frustration of Moshe Rabbeinu at Mei Merivah and how the second half of Sefer Bamidbar is a of transition between generations: link
  • R. Asher Brander, based upon Netziv's reading of Rashi, suggests that the nature of the test at Mei Merivah was to teach Klal Yisrael how to make a transition from dependence on miracles to a natural existence: link

  • The Death of Miriam
  • R. Yissocher Frand underscores the importance of appreciating someone and their achievements during their lifetime: link

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