Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Parashah Roundup: Pinchas 5770

by Steve Brizel

The Covenant of Peace

  • R Berel Wein explains why peace is very fragile, almost always difficult to maintain and it requires great effort to keep it together:
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discussed why Pinchas is viewed as the source of the fire of Teshuvah that combats transgressions committed with zeal and alacrity: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald examines the legacy of leadership transmitted by Pinchas: link
  • R Shomoh Riskin explains why Pinchas received the covenant of peace: link
  • R Mayer Twersky discusses how to cultivate Ahavas Yisrael: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon discusses why one should not be critical of other Jews: link (audio)
  • R Avraham Gordimer examines how the message of Pinchas relates to the rest of theParsha and underscores the importance of a person’s own spiritual achievements, as opposed to one’s lineage: link 1, link 2
  • R Asher Brander examines the lineage of Pinchas before he was awarded the covenant of peace: link

  • The Division of the Land of Israel and the Transition in Leadership
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on an answer given by the Imrei Emes to his mother Zicronah Livrachah, explains why the daughters of Tzlofchad loved the Land of Israel: link
  • R Asher Brander discusses why the daughters of Tzlofchad are considered Nashim Tzidkaniyos: link
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses the interface of Pshat, Chazal, and Parshanut: The Model of Bnot Zelaphchad: link (audio)
  • R David Horwitz, based on the explanation of the Kli Yakar, explains why the women loved the Land of Israel, as opposed to the men: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks examines the transition from Moshe to Joshua and Judaism’s attitude towards power: link
  • R Asher Weiss analyzes inheritance in Rabbanus: link (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig reminds us that All enduring, successful movements in religious Torah society have been led by Torah scholars and that such leaders must realize that many decisions are beyond their purview, and must have love and respect for the laity and its proper leaders and why every Bris Milah begins the first three Psukim of this week’s Parsha: link 1, link 2

  • Parshas Timidim Umusafim
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom examines the structure of the Parsha of Timidim and Musafim: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal explains why the Parshas HaTamid is a source of our yearning for the Redemption: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb examines the Halacha of Tadir Vsheino Tadir: link (audio)

  • Shoalim Udorshim Department
  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL explains the Halachos and Hashkafa or Tisha B”Av and Kinos:* link (audio)
  • R Larry Rothwachs explores the sugya of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza and asks whether we have lost the ability to mourn for the Churban: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Avishai David and R David Gottlieb explain Megilas Eicha: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenigsberg discusses the onset of the Three Weeks: link (audio)
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky and R David Brofsky explain the Halachos of the Three Weeks: link 1 (audio), link 2
  • R Daniel A. Feldman examines the dual emphasis of Aveilus and Moed on Tisha B’Av: link (audio)
  • R Avishai David and R Chaim Eisenstein compares and contrasts the Aveilus Yeshanah and AveilusChadashah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • * For the interested listener, additional explanations of all of the Kinos can be found by various Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbonim on

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