Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Vayishlakh 5770

by Steve Brizel

Yaakov's Confrontation with Esau

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL, sets forth the limitations inherent in interfaith ecumenical theological dialogue: link
  • R Herschel Schachter shows how to draw the proper balance between being a Ger and a Toshav: link
  • R Mayer Twersky illustrates why the meeting between Yaakov and Esau serves the guide for all relationships with the non-Jewish world and suggests that a life of Avodas HaShem requires us to consider the factor ofShema Yigrom HaChet: link 1, link 2
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explores the messages that Yaakov Avinu sent to Esau: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why the Torah tells us that Yaakov Avinu wrestled with the Angel of Esau: link

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  • R Yissocher Frand reminds us that the battle with the angel of Esau takes on new dimensions in every generation: link
  • R Berel Wein explains why Yaakov Avinu required both human and superhuman means of assistance in fighting the angel of Esau: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein , R Baruch Simon and R Aryeh Lebowitz explain how Yaakov Avinu emerged complete: link 1, link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Ephraim Buchwald reminds us that while the name Yaakov enables the Jewish People to survive, the name Yisrael is synonymous with our flourishing as a people: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin and R Avraham Gordimer surveys the conflict between Yaakov Avinu and Esau in light of the clash between Torah, Greco-Roman and Christian values: link 1, link 2
  • R Avigdor Nevenzahl explores the historical and religious aftermaths of the encounter with Esau , many hashkafic lessons derived from the prohibition of the Gid HaNasheh: link 1, link 2
  • R Yaakov Neuberger and R Avishai David analyze commentary of the Ramban on Parshas Vayishlach: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Dovid Horwitz, based upon the Kli Yakar, shows how Yaakov Avinu acted out of character in returning for the small vessels: link

  • The Stop in Beit-El
  • R Ezra Bick explains the significance of Yaakov Avinu's stop in Beit-El: link

  • The Deaths of Devorah and Rachel
  • R Asher Brander analyzes the relationship between the deaths of Devorah and Rachel: link

  • Shimon and Levi-The Brothers of Dinah
  • R Michael Rosensweig and R Yitzchak Etshalom explore the views of Yaakov Avinu and Shimon and Levi in their reaction to the rape of Dinah: link 1, link 2
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the proper motivation required for Gerus in cases of Gerus Lshem Ishus: link (audio)

  • Issur Gid HaNasheh
  • R Asher Weiss explores the nature of the Issur Gid HaNasheh: link

  • Shoalim vDorshim Department
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL discusses various halachic and hashkafic aspects of Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein explores various views in the Rishonim and Acharonim whether women can and should light their own Channukah candles: link
  • R Dovid Miller reviews Hilcos Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter discusses Simchah on Channukah and Hadlakas HaMenorah: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky discusses Neros Channukah and Neros Shabbos and the Halachic basis for instituting Chanukah and Purim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the proper time for lighting Neros Channukah on weekdays and Erev Shabbos: link (audio)
  • R D David Berger discusses human initiative, Divine Providence and the absence of any discussion of the miracle of the cruise of oil in Maccabees I and II: link

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