Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Vayechi 5770

by Steve Brizel

Yaakov Avinu's Farewell and Blessings

  • R Ezra Bick provides an overview of the themes of the Parsha-the tension between the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yotzchak Adlerstein, tells us why the Torah tells us that Yaakov Avinu lived seventeen years in the land of Egypt: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why the seal of God is truth: link
  • R Yissocher Frand discusses why blessings are between man and his fellow man, and based on an insight of R Yaakov Kamenetsky ZL, why Ephraim was singled out for a special blessing: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the issues raised by the Torah's description of Kever Rachel: link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF)
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  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the nature of the transgression of Reuven and suggests an approach in dealing with such passages both in the Torah and as understood in the Talmud: link 1, link 2
  • R Baruch Simon, based on Rashi, suggests that we strive to accomplish a lot in our lives without being ostentatious: link (audio)
  • R Asher Brander explores Yaakov Avinu's critique of Shimon and Levi: link
  • R David Horwitz analzes the reconciliation between Yosef and his brothers: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the reconciliation of the values of truth and peace: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Avraham Gordimer suggest why we invoke Ephraim and Menashe in blessing our sons: link 1, link 2
  • R Mordechai Willig explains why Yaakov placed Ephraim ahead of Menashe when he blessed them: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explains, especially in the light of contemporary events, why it is a singularly important for parents to bask in the blessings of their children: link
  • R Eytan Feiner delves into the unique and eternal nature and role of Yaakov Avinu: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer explains why Yosef was promised the city of Shechem: link
  • R Aharon Lichenstein explores the blessings that Yaakov Avinu bestowed on all of his sons: link
  • R David Forhrman examines whether Yosef reconciled with his brothers: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the brachos given to Yissocher and Zvulun , deathbed wishes, aspects of Hilcos Aveilus and kvurah in the Land of Israel: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses the halachos involved in Malchus Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David discusess the Ramban's comments on the first Shoresh of the Sefer HaMitzvos with respect to Mitzvos of a rabbinic nature and the famous comment in the Talmud as to the 613 mitzvos given to Moshe Rabbeinu: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter, based on a comment of Rav Soloveitchik ZL, reminds us never to confuse the differences between Chiddush and Shinui, and the need for a strong Mesorah to distinguish between a legitimate Chiddush and an illegitimate Shinui: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig explains why the proclamation of Shema Yisrael calmed Yaakov Avinu: link

  • Hilcos Krias Shma
  • R Asher Weiss explores the function of the recital of Baruch Shem Malchuso Lolam Vaed: link (audio)

  • Hilcos Aveilus
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discuses halachic and hashkafic concepts of Hilcos Aveilus: link (audio)

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