Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Miketz-Chanukah 5770

by Steve Brizel

Joseph and his brothers in Egypt

  • R Yitzchak Etshalom provides an overview of the events that transpire to Joseph and his brothers in Egypt: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explores why Yosef had to wait two years after interpreting the dreams of the chief steward of Pharoah before he was released from jail and why the reconciliation of the seeming opposites of Divine Providence and human choice ( as well as offering a reason why Judaism survives and Greek philosophy was relegated to history: link 1, link 2
  • R Yissocher Frand, and R Asher Brander, based upon an observation of the Chafetz Chaim., explain why Yosef was rushed from the pit: link 1, link 2
  • R Berel Wein suggests that we emulate Joseph's decision to engage in conciliation with his brothers rather than seek vengeance: link

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  • R Baruch Simon demonstrates a connection between the Parsha and Channukah nnd reminds his Talmidim and all Lomdei Torah of the importance of Chazarah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Eli Baruch Shulman discusses the balance between Hishtadlus ( effort) and Bitachon ( reliance) and Joseph's apparent lack of Bitachon: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald, based on the Malbim. illustrates how the philosophical principal of Midah Kneged Midah operated with respect to how Joseph treated his brothers: link
  • R Dovid Horwitz shows why God did not let the brothers of Joseph move on from their conduct: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains why the parshiyos that describe Joseph's struggles and triumph are read during Channukah: link
  • R Ezra Bick analyzes how Yehudah assumes the role of leadership: link
  • R Zvi Shimon presents the opposing views of R Yoel Bin-Nun and R Yaakov Medan to the questions posed by Ramban and Abarbanel to why Yosef did not contact his father: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal illustrates how the brothers failed to face facts because of their own blindness: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explores the definition of a Davar ShebiKidushah: link (audio)
  • R Ozer Glickman, based upon the reaction of the brothers to their finding the gobley of Joseph in their bags, surveys the consequences of communal life organized on the rule of “pay to play”: link (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig urges us to incorporate the lessons of Joseph's empathy with his fellow prisoners and the miracles of Channukah in helping us deal with the challenges of the financial crisis: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer analyzes the role of the goblet of Joseph in the teshuvah of his brothers: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z Feldman investigates the interplay between Yosef, Menorahs and Majesty: link
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  • R Hershel Schachter discusses numerous aspects of Hilchos Channukah: link (audio)
  • R Berel Wein illustrates how the lights of Channukah are designed to refute those who would debunk Torah and tradition: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Klei HaMikdash: link (audio)
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, illustrates how Shabbos and Channukah work in a synergistic manner to enhance one's personal growth: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein sets forth the philosophical conflict between the Greek and Jewish world views: link
  • R Paysach Krohn discusses the lessons of Channukah: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David analyzes the text of Maoz Tzur: link (audio)
  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses Mehadrin and reality in the eye of the Torah: link (audio)
  • R Yaakov Neuberger explains why Channukah are days of Hallel and Kirvas HaShem: link (audio)
  • R Shalom Rosner discusses the loss of Kedushah in the Beis HaMikdash: link (audio)
  • R Elchanan Adler explores why one is prohibited from deriving benefit from the candles of Channukah: link (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenigsberg discusses the halachic consequences of Channukah candles that become extinguished: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explores the nature of Birkas HaRoeh and the obligation of women to light Channukah candles: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsy explains why Channukah is a lesson for eternity: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why the essence of Channukah is halachic commitment and performance: link

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