Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Behar 5768

by Steve Brizel

Shemittah and Yovel

  • R. Yehuda Amital reminds us that Shemmitah is a model for how we should approach Torah study and observance-by keeping our minds on the details and underlying principles: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald and R. Berel Wein urge us to look at the spiritual benefits of the Shnas HaShemittah: link 1; link 2
  • R. Jonathan Sacks underscores the fact that Shemittah and Yovel should not be compared to any contemporary political or economic system: link
  • The Shem MiShmuel, as prepared by R. E. Kwass, emphasizes that Shemittah is a means of unifying Klal Yisrael: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand explores the common denominator between interest, Tzitzis and weight and measures: link

  • Click here to read moreSefiras HaOmer
  • R. Hershel Schachter explains why the Torah in Parshas Emor and Parshas Pinchas gives seemingly different definitions of the mitzvah of Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)
  • R. Yonasan Sacks explores why we do not say Shehecheyanu until we have completed the Sefiras HaOmer in its entirety: link
  • R. Joshua Flug reviews the halachic issues involved in Sefiras HaOmer, regardless of whether the mitzvah is viewed as a Torah or Rabbinic obligation: link
  • R. Daniel Z. Feldman discusses many halachic issues that arise from Sefiras HaOmer: Part I (audio) & Par II (audio)
  • R. Zvi Soboloflsy, based upon a Machlokes Rishonim, discusses the halachic consequences of missing a consecutive day in the Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)
  • R. Shmuel Maybruch investigates the halachic issues involved with listening to music during Sefiras HaOmer: link (audio)

  • Sefiras Haomer and Shavuos
  • R. Avigdor Nevenzal suggests that we use the Sefiras HaOmer as a means of improving our interpersonal relationships link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin explores why we count Sefirah between Pesach and Shavuos and why the Baal HaHaggadah omitted the last verses of Mikrah Bikurim: link
  • R. Michael Rosenweig and R Shalom Rosner shows us how Sefiras HaOmer can serve as a path to Taharah: link 1, link 2 (audio)

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