Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Va-eschanan/Nachamu 5769

by Steve Brizel

Moshe's Prayer to Enter the Land of Israel

  • R Avraham Gordimer suggests that the denial of Moshe's prayer to enter the Land of Israel is an illustration of the binding and irrevocable nature of Torah for all generations: link

  • Ki Solid Banim
  • R Ephraim Buchwald reminds us that Tanach provides with many role models to remind us that despite that how far we seemingly stray as a people and individuals, there is hope for all of us: link

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  • R Yitzchak Etshalom sets forth three lessons that are introduced by the Parsha of Shma Yisrael: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks reminds us that when a Jew hears God, he or she apprehends His Will: link
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL and R Asher Weiss discusses the mitzvah of Talmud Torah: link
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman explicates many halachic and hashkafic aspects of the mitzvah of Krias Shma: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Michoel Zylberman discusses the halachos of Birkas Krias Shma: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon explores many Halachos involved in Hilcos Mzuzah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Joshua Flug discusses the mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah: link (audio)

  • The Luchos Acharonos
  • R Mordechai Sabato discusses many differences between the Luchos Rishonos and Luchos Acharonos: link
  • R Yitzchak Blau explores the relationship between Torah SheBaal Peh and both sets of the Aseres HaDibros: link
  • R Yissocher Frand explains why honoring one's parents was repeated again as an independent mitzvah to the generation that was on the verge of entering the Land of Israel: link
  • R Mordechai Willig reviews many halachos related to Kibud Av VaEm: link (audio)
  • R Beinish Ginsberg discusses Zacor vShamor Bdibur Echad: link (audio)

  • Fear of God
  • R Dovid Horwitz discusses the mitzvah of the fear of God: link

  • Transmitting the Sinai Experience to the Next Generation and Maintaining One's Enthusiasm
  • R Ally Ehrman and R Beinish Ginsberg discuss how to transmit the Sinai Experiennce to the next generation and to maintain enthusiasm in one's observance: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • The Prohibition Against Intermarriage
  • R Herschel Shachter discusses the differences between a “mishpachah” and an “am” and numerous halachic ramifications encompassed in the prohibition against intermarriage: link

  • The Cities of Refuge
  • R Avraham Gordimer suggests why the Parsha of the cities of refuge is in our parsha: link

  • Nachmu Nachmu
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests why the Haftarah includes a double dose of consolation: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why the Luchos Acharonos and the seven Haftaros of Consolation are a means of helping us prepare for the Yamim Noraim: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin exhorts us to remember that the Torah commands attitudes as well as actions: link

  • Last year's roundup: link

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