Friday, October 10, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Ha'azinu-Sukkos 5768

by Steve Brizel

Torah, Song and Poetry

  • The Malbim, as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass, provides an overview and breakdown of each of the elements of Moshe's song: link
  • R. Ezra Bick, R. Baruch Simon and R. Yitzchak Etshalom explore the many messages in Shiras Haazinu: link 1, link 2 (audio), link 3 (PDF)
  • R. Jonathan Sacks, based upon the Sifre, shows why Shiras Haazinu is indicative of God's faith in the universe and mankind: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand, quoting R Herzog zt"l, explains why the Torah is a Shirah: link
  • R. Berel Wein reminds us that one of the key elements in the transmission of Torah is the ability to listen and understand what is right and wrong: link
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  • R. Herschel Shachter urges us to remember that God is unique, that and that the unique nature of the relationship between Klal Yisrael and God is that of a husband and wife: link
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky discusses the unique nature of Birchos HaTorah: link (audio)

  • Sukkos
  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l investigates the sugya of Mitzvah HaBaah B'Aveirah, Hilchos Lulav in the Rambam, Naanuim, Hoshannah Rabbah, and Lulav Kol Shivah, Brachos on a Minhag, Shemini Atzeres as well as other Inynanim in Sukkah 42-47 (in Yiddish): link
  • R. Shlomo Wolbe zt"l explains the unique nature of the Simchas Yom Tov on Sukkos: link (DOC)
  • R. Baruch Simon explains why Sukkos is Zman Simchaseinu: link (audio) why the fulfillment of the Mitzvah of Sukkah represents Dveikus BaShem: link (audio) and Yeridas Geshamim and Mitzvas Sukkah: link (audio)
  • R. Michael Rosensweig and R. Zev Leff discuss the connection between Yom HaKippurim and Sukkos: link1 , link 2
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald underscores the importance of the observance of Sukkos in giving us a true sense of security: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein urges us, especially Bnei Yeshivah, to incorporate the message and purpose of Hakhel into their learning of Torah: link and discusses the purely halachic and highly questionnable hashkafic and chinuch considerations of trips on Chol HaMoed that render dwelling in a sukkah difficult, if not impossible: link
  • R. Herschel Shachter reviews the halachos of Mitzvos Sukkah and Arbah Minim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R. Daniel Stein and R. Josh Flug discuss what to look for when one purchases an Esrog and the significance, or lack thereof, of a broken pitam: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R. Shlomo Riskin investigates the nature of a Machlokes HaTanaim as to the intent one must have in fulfilling Mitzvas Sukkah: link
  • R. Asher Brander shows us how Sukkos serves as a bridge from the Yamim Noraim to the rest of the year: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom explores the 28 seasons of Koheles, together with charts for the aid of the reader: link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF), link 3 (PDF)

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