Thursday, March 05, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh/Purim 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Purpose of the Priestly Garments

  • R. Mordechai Willig reminds us to emulate the character of Aharon HaKohen in our everyday conduct: link
  • R. Shalom Rosner discusses many halachic aspects of the Bigdei Kehunah: link (audio)
  • R. Berel Wein explains the symbolic role of “Jewish clothing.”that stem from the Priestly Garments: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin shows us that every Jew can act as a Kohen in his adherence to Torah and Mitzvos: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks demonstrates that the Priestly Garments served to routinize charisma: link
  • R. Shmuel Hain discusses whether clothes make the Kohein: link (audio)

  • Click here to read moreThe Continuous Light of the Menorah
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald urges us to emulate the purpose of the Menorah so that we are inspired, invigorated and excited about Jewish life: link
  • R. Baruch Simon investigates the unusal nature of the mitzvah of constructing the Menorah: link (audio)

  • The Mishkan, the Kohanim, Korban Tamid and the Miliuim
  • R. Ezra Bick explains the relationship between the Mishkan, the Kohanim, the Korban Tamid, and the Miluim: link

  • The Importance of the Korban Tamid
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein elucidates why the Korban Tamid was considered a “Klal Gadol BaTorah”: link

  • The Urim vTumim
  • R. Yissocher Frand explains why Torah leadership requires both Urim ( the light of Torah) and Tumim ( the ability to render proper interpretations of Torah): link

  • The Ephod and the Choshen
  • R. Asher Brander explores the purpose and the inversion of the Ephod and the Choshen in Shmos 28:6, 15 and Shmos 39:2,8: link
  • R Dovid Horwitz discussses a famous statement of Rashi on Shmos 28:4: link

  • Understanding the Tzitz and the Mizbeach HaKtores
  • R. Michael Rosensweig elaborates on the purpose of the Tzitz and the Mizbeach HaKtores: link 1, link 2

  • Parshas Zachor
  • R. Avraham Gordimer explores the relationship between Parshas Zachor and Purim: link
  • R. Dovid Hirsch discusses the fulfillment of the mitzvah of eradicating Amalek: link (audio)
  • R. Daniel Z. Feldman discusses the importance of Zchirus: link (audio)

  • Taanis Esther
  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l discusses the uniqueness of Taanis Esther: link

  • Purim
  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l explores various hashkafic aspects of Megilas Esther: link
  • R. Herschel Schachter explains that Purim represents the Kabalas HaTorah , and especially our reaffirmation that our search beneath the superficial level in Torah SheBaal Peh always places Torah Shebicsav into a clearer perspective and explores many aspects of Purim, including reading the Megillah with a minyan and Esther's request from the Chachamim: link 1, link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio)
  • R. Shmuel Marcus discusses the meaning and messages of Megilas Esther: link (audio)
  • R. Baruch Simon discusses why Megilas Esther is a form of Hallel: link (audio)
  • R. Doniel Schreiber explores why the halachic aspects of Purim being considered Divrei Kabalah: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom discusses why Esther did not reveal her identity: link (PDF)
  • R. Asher Weiss discusses the halachic and hashkafic aspects of Mishloach Manos: link
  • R. Mordechai Willig discusses the obligation of women in Krias HaMegillah: link (audio)
  • R. Yitzchak Adlerstein, based on the Nesivos Shalom, explains why Purim can be compared favorably to Yom Hakipurim: link
  • R. Daniel Z Feldman discusses halachic aspects of Mishloach Manos and Ad Dlo Yada: link 1 (audio), link 2
  • R. Avraham Gordimer discusses when it is permitted, oblibated and probibited to drink on Purim: link

  • Last year's roundup: link

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