Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Rosh Hashanah-Ha'azinu 5770

by Steve Brizel

I Rosh HaShanah

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL, discusses various halachic and hashkafic aspects of Rosh HaShanah.and Hilcos Shofar: link (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein and R Berel Wein survey the many moods and themes of Rosh HaShanah: link 1, link 2
  • R Mayer Twersky explores three paradoxes of Rosh HaShanah: link (audio)
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the story of Rachav HaZonah, reminds us that teshuvah requires us never to give up on ourselves and that our lives have value and meaning: link
  • R Asher Weiss analyzes various Halachos of Tekias Shofar: link (audio)
  • R Aharon Kahn explains there is no Teshuvah on Rosh HaShanah: link (audio)
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains why we are happy on Rosh HaShanah: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks exhorts us to spend more of our time on the people that matter in our lives- the “quality time” that we give to our families and communities, as opposed to our quest for material possessions and what we think that we “gave” our families: link

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  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains why Rosh HaShanah this year has the themes of the realization and the promise of the redemption: link
  • R Mordechai Willig and R Eytan Feiner discuss many halachos of Rosh HaShanah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Aryeh Lebowitz discusses Simcha on Rosh HaShanah: link (audio)
  • Cantor Sherwood Goffin discusses the proper tunes for the Yamim Noraim: link (PDF)

  • Psalm 47
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the meaning of Psalm 47: link (PDF)

  • Parshas Vayera and The Akedah
  • R Shalom Rosner discusses many of the lessons that we derive from Parshas Yayera and the Akedah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Hagar, the mother of Sisera and Rachel Imeinu
  • R Dr. Norman Lamm exhorts us that nothing is guaranteed in life, that we should never be overwhelmed by adversity and that we should cry as a means of powerful protest, and as a sign of strength and determination: link (PDF)

  • Musaf of Rosh HaShanah and Tekios al Seder HaBrachos
  • R Herschel Schachter discusses the Halachos of Tkias Shofar Al Seder HaBrachos and many other Halachic and Hashkafic themes in Malchiyos, Zicronos and Shofaros: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David discusses many Halachic and Hashkafic aspects in the Musaf of Rosh HaShanah: link (audio)

  • Rosh HaShanah that falls out on Shabbos
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the unique day of Rosh HaShanah that occurs on Shabbos: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon explores the relationship between Shofar and Tefilah: link (audio)
  • R David Hirsch discusses the Kavanah required to fulfill the Mitzvah of Shofar: link (audio)
  • R Shmuel Maybruch discusses the many views as to what constitutes a Teruah: link (audio)
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the many themes of Shofaros: link

  • Retaining the Spiritual Gains of the Yamim Noraim
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal suggests how one realizes the gains one makes during the Yamim Noraim: link

  • Special Shiur - Building a Mikdash M'At
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses how one consecrates sacred space: link (audio)

  • II Parshas Haazinu
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the different nuances between Shiras Moshe and Shiras Haazinu: link (PDF)
  • R Avraham Gordimer explores why the mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah is included in the Parsha and why Shiras Haazinu is a microcosm of the message of the entire Torah: link
  • R David Horwitz discusses why heaven and earth are invoked as witnesses to the covenant between HaShem and Am Yisrael: link
  • R Baruch Simon reviews the connections between Parshas Haazinu, Yom HaKippurim and Sukkos, as well as the interrelated Halachos of Mitzvos Sukkah and Yeridas Geshamim and that we should be careful never to forget HaShem: link 1 (audio), link 2, link 3 (audio)
  • R Eli Baruch Shulman exhorts us never to lose sight of the beauty of a mitzvah that is manifested when we prepare for the mitzvah: link

  • Prior year's roundup: link

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