Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Parsha Roundup: Chukas 5770

by Steve Brizel

Chukim and the Parah Adamah

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL, discusses the Halachic and Hashkafic aspects of Parah Adumah and assesses the future of American Jewry: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig illustrates the role of Chukim in Torah study and commitment, and Kiddush HaShem as a component of national leadership: link 1, link 2
  • R Hershel Schachter explores the roles of ego and humility in the study of Torah: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal illustrates why the study and teaching of Torah require one to put aside one’s own biases if one wishes us to understand Torah: link
  • R Berel Wein and R Zvi Sobolofky remind us that the system of values and behavior of the Torah is ultimately beyond human comprehension: link 1, link 2
  • R Avraham Gordimer suggests why the Parsha begins with the Parah Adumah: link
  • R Azarya Berzon discusses logical and illogical mitzvos: link (audio)
  • R Shlomoh Riskin, based on the teachings of Rav Soloveitchik ZL explores the differences between Parah Adumah and Korban Pesach: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald explores various interpretations and the contemporary significance of Bamidbar 21:17: link

  • The Passing of Miriam and The Waters of Strife
  • R Yissocher Frand investigates the contrast between the reaction to the deaths of Miriam HaNeviah, Aharon HaKohen and Moshe Rabbeinu: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom and R Sir Jonathan Sacks explore why Moshe Rabbeinu was punished for his hitting the rock at Mei Mrivah and not allowed to enter the Land of Israel: link 1, link 2
  • R David Horwitz, based on the Rambam in the fourth chapter of Shemoneh Prakim, and R Asher Brander, in a survey of the Mfarshim., discusse the sin of Moshe Rabbeinu: link 1 (audio), link 2
  • R Baruch Simon, based on the explanation of the Shem MiShmuel, explores the concept of latent Kdusha: link (audio)

  • The Copper Servant
  • The Nesivos Shalom., as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, discusses the role of the copper serpent: link

  • The Song at Arnon
  • R Avraham Gordimer explores the Song at Arnon: link
  • R Asher Weiss surveys the extent of Taamei Mitzvos and, discusses whether Kivrei Tzadikim Im Tahmim: link (audio)

  • The Great Transition
  • R Mosheh Lichenstein investigates the transition of generations at Mei Merivah: link
  • R Yissocher Frand investigates the contrast between the reaction to the deaths of Miriam HaNeviah, Aharon HaKohen and Moshe Rabbeinu: link

  • Halacha Lmaaseh Department
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the Halachos of Shabbos in the summer: link (audio)
  • R Elyakim Koenigsberg: link (audio)
  • R Larry Rothwachs: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman, R Aryeh Leibowitz, and R Dovid Gottlieb explore numerous halachic issues relating to Tumaas Kohanim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Torah Im Derech and Torah Umada Department
  • R Jeffrey Saks discusses the approach of R Shamshon Rafael Hirsch ZL to Reform Judaism: link (audio)
  • David Sacks discusses being a Shomer Torah Umitzvos in Hollywood: link (audio)

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