Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Pinchas 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Covenant of Peace

  • R Yissocher Frand explains that Pinchas is symbolic of what one sincere person can accomplish in his lifetime: link
  • R Berel Wein reminds us that that the Talmud's unity of Pinchas and Eliyahu HaBavi prevents Pinchas from being viewed as a tainted hero because of his resorting to violence and his failure to nullify the vow of Yiftach: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests that Pinchas's actions show how one person's actions can have on a community's attitudes and serve as a springboard for teshuvah: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein explains why the Torah mentions Pinchas' lineage: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer emphasizes why lineage is ignored in place of a person's personal merit and spiritual accomplishments: link
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz and Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses why an act of aggression by Pinchas results in the covenant of peace: link 1, link 2

  • Click here to read moreThe Sons of Korach
  • R Ephraim Buchwald reminds us that the lives of the sons of Korach after their teshuvah from their participation in the revolt against Moshe Rabbeinu serves as a role model for every generation: link

  • Torah, Egalitarianism and Inheritance
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why the transmission of Torah depends on Torah being taught to all and is not the inheritance of an elite: link

  • The Laws of Inheritance
  • R Yaakov Neuberger explores the rules of inheritance and suggests why their basis from the Jews who labored in Egypt , their heirs and those Jews who witnessed the redemption: link
  • R Dovid Horwitz, based upon the Kli Yakar, suggests why the women of the generation of desert desired more than the men to enter the Land of Israel: link
  • R Hershel Schachter and R Asher Weiss discuss the halachos of inheritance: link 1 (audio), link 2

  • Parshas HaMusafim
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the sequence of the karbanos and the sequence of commands in Sefer Bamidbar from chapters 20 through 32: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the halacha of Tadir vSheino Tadir Tadir Kodem: link (audio)
  • R Beinish Ginsburg explains the message and importance of the Korban Tamid: link (audio)

  • Shoalim V Dorshim Department
  • R Soloveitchik ZTL discusses many aspects of Hilcos Aveilus: link
  • R Elyakim Koenisgberg explains when the three weeks begin to have Halachic consequences: link
  • R Dovid Hirsch discusses the halachic concept of a Taanis Tzibur: link (audio)
  • R David Brofsky explores many of the halachic prohibitions of the three weeks: link
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein discusses and contrasts the roles and missions of Moshe Rabbeinu and Yirmiyahu HaNavi: link
  • R Baruch Simon and R Joshua Flug discuss the halachic concept of Sof Zman Taanis: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses Binyan Beis HaMikdash: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman explores various aspects of Tisha B'Av: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Tamir Granot surveys various hashkafic responses to the Holocaust: link

  • Last year's roundup: link

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