Thursday, June 19, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Shelakh 5768

by Steve Brizel

The Episode of the Spies

  • R Issac Bernstein zt"l discusses whether the mission of the spies was Divinely sanctioned or commanded: link
  • R. Berel Wein investigates why the majority of the spies rendered their report: link
  • R. Yisscocher Frand suggests why Moshe did not select the Nesiim as the spies: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald shows us that Maapilim has both negative and positive connotations: link
  • R. Zev Leff explains why Moshe prayed for Joshua not to be influenced by the report of the spies: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein investigates the similaries between the Episode of the Golden Calf and the Episode of the Spies: link
  • R. Moshe Lichtenstein shows us the different styles of leadership of Joshua and Calev: link
  • R. Mordechai Willig reminds us that the views of the spies unfortunately are alive and well, albeit from a different ideolgical perspective: link
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  • R. Michael Rosensweig, based upon Ramban, analyzes the failure of religious leadership and the reason why a Korban for Avodah Zarah and the Mitzvah of Tzitis follow the Incident of the Spies (link 1, link 2) and discusses whether the mission of the spies was doomed to fail or doomed through failure: link (audio)
  • R. Shlomo Riskin, based upon the explanation of Rav Soloveitchik zt"l, suggests that the misssion of the spies was defined in their remaining faithful to God's direective that the Land of Israel was being given to the Jewish People to do fullfil God's mission on earth: link
  • R. Chanan Balk compares the Episode of the Golden Calf and the Episode of the Spies, the mitzvos and avodah that emerge and the critical role of Jewish women to these means of Avodas HaShem: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • The Mitzvah of Tzitis
  • R. Hershel Schachter discusses Hilchos Tzitzis, especially in reference to the element of Techeles: link (audio)
  • R. Jonathan Sacks demonstrates the relationship of Tzitis to Tefillah: link
  • The Meshech Chochmah, as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass, and especially as set forth in a footnote by R. Yehudah Cooperman, tells us why even a Tzadik has to wear Tztitzis: link
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb discusses the halachic issues involved in machine made Tzitzis link (audio)

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