Thursday, October 02, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Vayeilekh/Shuvah/Yom Kippur 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Transition from Moses to Joshua
R. Yissocher Frand shows us the tension that exists and surfaces when a disciple succeeds his mentor: link

  • R. Berel Wein shows us that even on his last day on earth, Moshe Rabbeinu was concerned about the welfare of each and every member and unit of Klal Yisrael: link
  • R. Baruch Simon, based upon the Taz in the Divrei David, explains that Moshe told Joshua to seek advice and a second opinion from the Zkenim but to always remember that Joshua was charged with rendering the ultimate decision: link (audio)

  • Click here to read moreThe Mitzvah of Hakhel
  • The Meshech Chochmah and the Ohr HaChaim, as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass, remind us that Yiras HaShem begins at a young age: link

  • The Song of Torah
  • R. Jonathan Sacks, based upon the Netziv, tells us why the Torah is a song that is renewed in every generation through our study and adherence to the Torah and its Mitzvos: link

  • Aseres Ymei Teshuvah
  • R. Mordechai Willig, based upon a comment of one of the Rebbes of Ger, suggests that even a FFB can and should strive to emulate a BT: link
  • R. Dovid Gottlieb introduces R Mordechai Willig and R Shmuel Kamenetsky on the importance of praying with fire: link (audio)
  • The Beurei HaTefilah Institute sets forth the Chaye Adam's explanation of the Ashamnu: link (PDF)
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein discusses Teshuvah based on norm,as opposed to Teshuvah precipitated by a crisis (link 1) and the necessity to refine characters and balance values: link 2
  • R. Ezra Bick explores the uniquely covenantal nature of Slichos: link
  • R. Yitzchak Breitowitz, speaking at YU, emphasizes that Teshuvah is a return to our essential selves: link (audio)
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom explains why God is the ultimate Shaliach Tzibbur: link
  • R. Yaacov Haber (Torahlab) reminds us that Teshuvah is best achieved one step at a time: link

  • Shabos Shuvah
  • R. Yakov Haber (formerly of RIETS), based upon the Nesivos Shalom and R Aharon Kahn, illustrates why Shabbos is an integral element of the Aseres Ymei Teshuvah: link

  • Yom HaKippurim
  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l (especially for those who missed these links earlier) discusses the Hashkafah of Yom HaKippurim and the Avodas Yom HaKippurim: link
  • R. Hershel Schachter, based upon a drasha of Rav Soloveitchik zt"l show us why Yom HaKippurim commemorates our receiving Torah SheBaal Peh (link 1) and reviews many of the Halachos of Yom HaKippurim: link 2 (audio)
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Yom HaKipurrim is considered the Shabbas Shabbason: link
  • R. Mordechai Willig reviews the Nusach, Zmanei and Minhagei Tefilah for Slichos and the Yamim Noraim (link 1) and discusses how one can achieve a Teshuvah Shelemah: link 2
  • R. Michael Rosensweig analyzes the unique nature of the mitzvah of teshuvah on Yom HaKippurim: link
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky shows us that Yom HaKippurim reflects aspects of a dual existence of sinners and angels: link
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald discusses why the Avodas Yom HaKipurrim represents the paths that we should and should not take in our lives: link
  • R. Ozer Glickman exhorts us never to divorce adherence to Halacha from a belief in God: link (PDF)
  • The Beurei HaTefilah Institute provides the full text of the Medrash that recounts the episode of the Ten Martyrs: link (PDF)
  • R. Asher Weiss investigates the nature of the fast of Yom HaKippurim: link

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