Thursday, June 04, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Naso 5769

by Steve Brizel


  • R. Asher Weiss explores various halachic aspects of Nezirus: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks and R. Asher Brander discusse the views of the Nazir in Chazal, Rambam and Ramban: link 1, link 2
  • R. Yissocher Frand, based upon the Meshech Chochmah, explains that the laws of a Nazir serve as a spiritual diet for someone who is too preoccupied with the temptations of this world: link

  • Click here to read moreMitzvas Sotah
  • R. Yaakov Neuberger discusses various aspects of this mitzvah in Minchas Chinuch: link (audio)
  • R. Avishai David explores various aspects of the Mitzvah of Sotah as discussed in the Ramban's commentary on the Torah: link (audio)

  • Ain Osin Mitzvos Chavilos Chavilos
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb discusses this well known halachic principle: link (audio)

  • Kisui Rosh
  • R. Mordechai Willig discusses the halachic requirements of Kisui Rosh and related issues: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio)

  • Loving the Convert
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald explores why the Torah mentions loving the convert 36 times: link

  • The Mitzvah of Vidui
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb analyzes the halachic and hashkafic aspects of this mitzvah: link (audio)

  • The Role of the Tribe of Levi
  • R. Berel Wein suggests that we look for the true Leviites in the Jewish and secular worlds: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R. Yitzchak Adlerstein, and R. Avraham Gordimer analyze the roles of Kehas, Gershon, Merari and Levi and suggests that they are all legitimate means of Avodas HaShem that are more suited for one person than another: link 1, link 2
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein reminds us that our study of Torah and acceptance of Mitzvos must be characterized by a combination of acceptance and coercion, as opposed to voluntarism and good will: link

  • Birkas Kohanim
  • R. Mordechai Willig and R. Zvi Sobolofsky urges both the Kohanim and the recipients of Birkas Kohanim to internalize the requirements and teachings implicit in each of the three verses of Birkas Kohanim: link 1, link 2
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb discusses the propriety of Non Kohanim “blessing” their children on Friday night with Birkas Kohanim: link (audio)

  • Parshas HaNesiim and the Chanukas HaMishkan
  • R. Avraham Gordimer explores the relationship between the sacrifices offered by the Nesiim and their declining to serve as the primary donors for the Mishkan: link

  • Special Feature
  • Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks discusses the halachic and philosophical dimensions of Tefilah: link (audio)

  • Last year's roundup: link

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