Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Shoftim 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Qualities Required for a Judge

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL discusses the means of appointing judges: link
  • R Berel Wein suggests that we emulate the moral caliber required for the appointment of a judge: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains why bribery is a perversion of justice\, in all aspects of our lives: link

  • The Appointment of a King
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores the ambivalence inherent in the appointment of a king: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin investigates the interplay between the King, High Priest and Prophet: link
  • R Elyakim Krumbein discusses the image of the Jewish king according to the Torah: link

  • Click here for moreEmunas Chachamim
  • Rav Soloveitchik, ZTL, in a series of shiurim on Sefer HaMitzvos of the Rambam and the Hasagos of the Ramban, analyzes what is the binding nature of Mitzvos of a Rabbinical nature: link
  • R Yissocher Frand, based upon the Sefer HaChinuch and an insight of R Yitzchak Hutner, ZTL, explains why adhering to rabbinical authority, is a mitzvah of paramount importance: link
  • R Asher Weiss and R David Horwitz explore the perameters of Lo Sasur: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks, R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Dovid Gottlieb discuss the origins and limits of rabbinical authority: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains why, in the absence of a King or Prophet, Torah scholars remain the authority for the Jewish People: link

  • Temimus as a Religious Imperative
  • R Michael Rosensweig and R Baruch Simon explains why striving for Temimus in our approach towards matters of faith is an important hashkafic goal and investigate the scope of this mitzvah: link 1, link 2 (audio)

  • Preparing Oneself for War
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, exhorts us to learn how to become good soldiers in our daily lives: link
  • R Herschel Schachter explains the relationship between the Jewish army and any group of ten male Jews gathered for Tefilah: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer discusses the message of the Kohen Mashuach Milchamah: link

  • Bal Taschis
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Issur of Bal Taschis: link

  • The Judges and Eglah Arufah
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom discusses the role of the judges in Eglah Arufah and many other aspects of the Mitzvah of Eglah Arufah: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein shows how the Mitzvah of Eglah Arufah reminds us of the value of the individual and human life, even and especially in wartime: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer focuses on the element of communal responsibility in the Mitzvah of Eglah Arufah: link

  • Cities of Refuge, Cities of Flight
  • R Amnon Bazak explores and contrasts the cities of refuge and cities of flight: link
  • R Baruch Simon explains how the cities of refuge serve as a means of acquiring Torah and faith in HaShem: link (audio)

  • Shloshim Yom Department
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL discusses Selichos, aspects of Rosh HaShanah , Hilcos Shofar and Avodas Yom HaKippurim: link
  • R Michel Twerki discusses the importance of Chodesh Elul: link
  • R Dr. Avraham Twerski suggests that we focus more intensely on teshuvah for transgressions of an interpersonal nature: link
  • R David Brofsky investigates the uniqueness of Chodesh Elul and many halachos of Rosh HaShanah: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5
  • R Noach Issac Oelbam analzes Shaarei Teshuvah: link
  • R Shalom Rosner reminds us that Teshuvah is a gift from God and a responsibility for man: link (audio)
  • R Michael Rosensweig and Rebbitzeb Peshi Neuberger discuss L'David HaShem Ori: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofksy investigates the custom of checking Mzuzos in Elul: link (audio)

  • Last year's roundup: link

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