Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Parashah Roundup: Vayishlakh 5768

by Steve Brizel

Yaakov and Esau and Ecumenical Dialogue

  • R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l delineates why ecumenical theological dialogue is a futile and ultimate demeaning gesture to its participants: link (Those interested will find articles from a symposium at this link. The Commentator's archives also have many articles on the vitality of this article.)

  • The Yaakov-Esau Confrontation and Jewish History

  • R. Shalom Noach Brozofsky zt"l (Nesivos Shalom, as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass) compares the battles of Yaakov and Yisrael and Esau and Lavan: link
  • R. Shlomoh Wolbe zt"l tells us why Yaakov Avinu, according to Rashi, was emphatic about not being attracted to Lavan's way of life: link (DOC)
  • R. Herschel Schachter discusses why a Torah Jew in a secular society must take additional stringencies upon himself: link
  • R. Berel Wein probes why Yaakov was accompanied by Melachim enroute to his confrontation with Esau: link
  • R. Tzvi Sobolofsy delineates different tactics that we must use communally and individually to confront Esau: link
  • R. Asher Brander explores why Yaakov is a model of spiritual heroism: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks reveals the moral dilemma that Yaakov felt as he met Esau: link

  • Yaakov's Personality and the Challenges of Parenting

  • R. Shlomo Riskin show us how Yaakov's personality evolved during his life as he met each of the challenges within his family: link

  • Gid HaNasheh

  • R. Avigdor Nevenzahl explores the hashkafic lessons of the Issur of Gid HaNasheh: link

  • Leah and Dinah

  • R. Yissachar Frand explains how Dinah expressed the true values of Leah link

  • Reuven and Bilhah

  • R. Yaakov Medan analyzes the episode of Reuven and Bilha in light of different views and means of understanding the actions of personae in the Chumash: link
  • R. Yaakov Horowitz explains Yaakov's reaction to Reuven's impulsive actions: link

  • Hilchos Ishus

  • Dr. Yoel Shiloh explores Mohar, Matan and the Kesubah: link

  • Shimon, Levi and Shechem

  • R. Amnon Bazak seeks to understand the role of Shimeon and Levi and why they were ultimately separated by Yaakov: link
  • R. Zev Leff tells where Shimon and Levi erred in their approach: link

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