Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Parashas Roundup: Beha'alosekha 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Lighting of The Menorah

  • R. Berel Wein shows us a similarity between the lighting of the candle, parenting and education: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand reminds us that even actions that seem to have minute importance can have lasting importance: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom examines the unique nature of the front of the Menorah: link

  • The Journey of the Mishkan
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as understood by R. Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests that our emulation of the journeys of the Mishkan require us never to become static in our Avodas HaShem: link

  • Click here to read moreChoosing a Proper Environment
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald suggests that by living in a strong Jewish community with excellent venues for Torah education and synagogues within walking distance which enable a Jewish family to observe and celebrate Shabbos together, we are emulating the march of the Jewish People through the desert who camped and traveled according to the Divine Word: link

  • Pesach Sheni
  • R. Asher Weiss and R. Dovid Gottlieb explore the Halachos of Pesach Sheni: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R. Michael Rosensweig explains why Pesach Sheni was revealed to Moshe Rabbeinu after the request of a group who had been ritually impure at the time of Karban Pesach in Mitzrayim: link

  • Miracles: The Way of Nature
  • R. Avishai David explores the place of miracles in Ramban's commentary on the Torah: link (audio)

  • Fish and Cucumbers
  • R. Asher Brander, based on Rashi's comment on Numbers 11:4-5, explicates the nature of the complaint of Klal Yisrael for free fish and cucumbers: link
  • R. Avraham Gordimer discusses the positive lessons that emerged from the desire for fish and cucumbers: link

  • Moshe Rabbeinu and Leadership
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL, in the course of a tribute to R. Israel Klavan ZL, discusses the meaning of Jewish leadership: link
  • R. Herschel Schachter and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks explain the Midah of Anavah and why Moshe Rabbeinu was considered by God as the most humble man on the face of the earth: link 1 (audio), link 2
  • R. Mordechai Willig reminds us that we should emulate Moshe Rabbeinu's self negation as a means of understanding the Torah without any personal agenda: link
  • R. Michael Rosensweig demonstrates how Moshe Rabbeinu serves a model for contemporary rabbinical leadership: link
  • R. Mosheh Lichtenstein explores the nature and the unresolved consequences of the crisis of leadership and the relationship between the Parsha and the Haftorah: link 1, link 2
  • R. Avishai David explains what prompted HaShem to proclaim the demarcation between Moshe Rabbeinu and all other Neviim: link (audio)
  • R. David Hertzberg explores the advice given by Joshua to Moshe with respect to Eldad and Meidad: link

  • Davening for Someone Else
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb investigates the halachic and hashkafic basis of davening to remove a Divine Decree of illness and how someone can daven for somebody else: link (audio)

  • Actions, Consequences and Reverberations
  • R. Mayer Twersky illustrates how our attitudes, speech and actions have positive and negative consequences: link

  • Hilchos Lashon Harah
  • R. Daniel Z. Feldman discusses the Halachos of Lashon Harah and the well known Heter of Lashon Harah Ltoeles: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Last year's roundup: link.

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