Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Eikev 5769

by Steve Brizel

An Overview of the Parsha

  • R Ezra Bick places the Parsha in context and in juxtaposition with the Parshas Dvarim and Parshas Veschanan: link

  • Mitzvos Kallos
  • R Michael Rosensweig and R Avraham Gordimer remind us that our attention to Mitzvos Kallos is a sign of our religious commitment: link 1, link 2

  • Click here for moreThe Wooden Ark
  • R Berel Wein suggests why the ark that accompanied the Jewish People in warfare was made out of wood: link

  • The Message of the Manna
  • R Yissocher Frand explains the relevance of the test of the Manna: link

  • Not By Bread Alone
  • R Shlomoh Riskin reminds us why a person's legacies are the people that he or she has touched and the human situations that he or she has had a positive affect on in their lives: link

  • The Unique Nature of the Land of Israel
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal exhorts us to be worthy of the uniqueness and beauty of the Land of Israel: link

  • Mitzvas Birkas HaMazon
  • R Yaakov Haber analyzes the threefold purpose of blessings: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the structure of the Parshiyos and the evolution of the context of Birkas HaMazon: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb and R Baruch Simon review the halachos of Ikar and Tafel. And whether wine and soda require separate brachos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon reviews the halachos of Pas Habaah Bkissim, and the brachos of Hamotzi and Mzonos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Fear of God
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains why developing a fear of God should progress from fear of punishment for one's transgressions to holding God in awe and treating Him with reverence: link

  • Clinging to God
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why the Torah repeats this mitzvah in numerous contexts: link
  • R Dr Abraham Tweski, based both upon the Talmud in Kiddushin 30(b) and the Greek myth of Ulysses, explains how one cleaves to God: link
  • R David Horwitz reminds us that we call can emulate the description of the Leviite in Hilcos Shmittah VYovel 13:13: link

  • God's Majesty and Humility
  • Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why God accepts no bribes and shows no favoritism: link

  • Hilcos Tefilin
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL explains the dispute between Rashi and Rabbbeinu Tam with respect to the order of the Parshiyos: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses numerous aspects of Hilcos Tefilin: link

  • Fact or Fiction
  • R D Shnayer Leiman discusses the Golem of Prague: link (audio)

  • Pre Elul Specials
  • R Noach Issac Oelbaum discusses many concepts in two classical works-Nefesh HaChaim and Shaarei Teshuvah: link

  • Post Hirhurim Discussions
  • Rebbitzen Abby Lerner and Dr Deena Zimmerman and Rabbanit Chana Henkin discuss how to teach Tznius, review email questions on Hilcos Nidah and the role of a Yoetzet Halacha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses the roles of the Avos and Imahos, the models of leadership of Moshe, Aharon and Miriam , the ascension of Shevet Levi and the lessons of Chana: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)

  • Currents Events Department
  • R Hershel Schachter , R Mordechai Willig and R Aryeh Lebowitz discusse the religious obligation inherent in Dina Dmalchusa Dina: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Last year's roundup: link

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