Thursday, October 23, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Bereishis 5769

by Steve Brizel

[I just want to point out that the last Parashah Roundup marked the successful conclusion of a full year and this is the first in a new cycle. I congratulate Steve Brizel on his great accomplishment and wish him much success in the future. - Gil]

Adam I and II

  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l discusses the two accounts of creation and specifically man's role in “The Lonely Man of Faith” (link), the religious definition of man, man's relationship to society, why man cannot be alone and the spiritual message of Breishis: link
  • R. Yitchak Etshalom discusses and reevaluates the two episodes of creation: link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF)

  • Click here to read moreDifferent Aspects of Breishis
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald reminds us that the creation of the world especially requires us to look for and utilize multiple levels of understanding the Torah: link
  • R. Michael Rosensweig and R Mayer Twersky underscore why Rashi began his commentary on Breishis with the famous question of R Yitchak with respect to the mitzvah of Kiddush HaChodesh: link 1, link 2
  • R. Zev Leff suggests that the importance of Rashi's initial comment is a reminder to us that observance of the Mitzvos is one of the keys to our continued legitmate claim to the Land of Israel: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein suggests that Cain's personality was flawed both with respect to his relationship with God and his fellow man: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin suggests that man's relationship with God and his fellow man are at the root of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the murder of Abel by Cain: link
  • R. Baruch Simon , based upon the Chasam Sofer, asks why Chavah was punished for adding a harchackah or chumrah: link (audio)
  • R. Yaakov Medan explains the severity of the punishment of the snake and why only man was given the ability to do teshuvah: link
  • R. Simcha Bunim of Peshischa, as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass, explains how Adam and Eve were commanded to be vegetarians: link
  • R. David Horwitz explores the conflict between Cain and Abel and shows that, according to one view in Chazal, one descendant of Cain emerged and became Noah's wife: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks urges us to remember that Cain's murder of Abel was a misguided act of violence under religious pretenses: link (PDF)

  • Man and Woman-Ezer Knegdo
  • R. Yissocher Frand, based upon the Netziv, explains why the best wife does not always say “yes” to her husband: link

  • From Adam to Noah
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb discusses the ten generations between Adam and Noah: link (audio)
  • R. Amnon Bazak explores and contrasts Chanoch with Noah and Avraham: link

  • Shabbos Kodesh
  • R. Asher Weiss discusses the role of the recitation of Vechulu in Kiddush on Friday night: link
  • R. Asher Brander suggests that if we look for God on a 24-6 basis during the week, then we will truly treasure Shabbos: link

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