Thursday, January 15, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Shemos 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Names of the Jewish People

  • R. Berel Wein underscores Jewish names as an important means of insuring Jewish identity: link

  • The Evolution of the Jewish People
  • R. Yissocher Frand explores the differences between the generation of Yaakov Avinu's sons and the subsequent generations that resided in Egypt: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein reminds us that the servitude and suffering of the Jewish People was necessary to reach Hashraas HaShechinah: link

  • The Etiquette of Evil
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald, based upon the Ramban and Hannah Arendt, underscores how Pharoh implemented his program of persecution of the Jewish People: link

  • Click here to read moreSix Children at a Time
  • R. Beinish Ginsburg discusses a famous comment of the Medrash discussed by Rashi as understood by the Aznaim LaTorah: link (audio)

  • The Prayer of the Jewish People in Egypt
  • R. Hershel Schachter explains why God accepted the moans and groans of the Jewish People as if it was prayer: link

  • The Midwives and Yiras Shemayim
  • R. Michael Rosensweig exhorts us to use the example of the Yiras Shamayim of the midwives as a condition precedent to religious growth: link

  • The Evolution of Moshe Rabbeinu
  • Rav Soloveitchik, ZTL, in a series of shiurim on The Religious Definition of Man, explores Moshe Rabbeinu's reaction to the affliction of the Jewish People and reminds us of the differences between Chesed and Tzedaka: link
  • R. Mosheh Lichtenstein explains why the Torah is silent as to Moshe Rabbeinu's years in the desert prior to his encounter with God: link
  • R. Avraham Gordimer suggests that Moshe Rabbeinu's youth and background reflected the past, present and future of the Jewish People and served as the basis for God's selection of Moshe Rabbeinu for his role: link
  • R. Ezra Bick explores the critical incidents in Moshe Rabbeinu's life prior to encountering God: link
  • R. Francis Nataf reminds us that we should emulate Moshe Rabbeinu's combination of objectivity and empathy in understanding the Jewish People and their dilemnas: link
  • R. Baruch Simon explains why identifying with someone in a moment of stress is such an important positive attribute that it is considered one of the means of acquiring Torah: link (audio)

  • Moshe Rabbeinu's Initial Encounter with God
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein reminds us that spiritual growth requires both love and fear of God: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom and R Shlomoh Riskin explore why God selected Moshe Rabbeinu: link 1, link 2
  • R. Jonathan Sacks, based upon the teachings of R Nachum Rabinovich, explains why Moshe Rabbeinu had to look away from the Divine Presence: link

  • The Uniqueness of Moshe Rabbeinu
  • R. Dovid Horwitz, based upon the explanation of Rav Aharon Soloveitchik ZTL and the philosophical principal of plenitude, explains why we should always strive to be like Moshe Rabbeinu even we will never approach his spiritual level: link

  • The Legacy of Moshe Rabbeinu
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky reminds us that gratitude is one of the main features of Moshe Rabbeinu's life and how gratitude to our fellow man and God should be a hallmark of our lives: link

  • Women and Bris Milah
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb explores the halachic and hashkafic issues involved in a woman functioning as a Mohel(et): link (audio)

  • Chalav Akum
  • R. Asher Weiss explores the halachic and hashkafic underpinnings of Chalav Akum: link

  • Last year's roundup: link

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