Thursday, April 02, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Tzav-Pesach 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Immuable Divine Command

  • R. Berel Wein and R. Herschel Schachter remind us that obedience to a commandment or halacha requires selfless sacrifice, even if it appears devoid of logic to us and that we should always remember that Moshe Rabbeinu to whom God appeared , revealed Himself and gave a system of mitzvos, to which “Lifnim Mshuras HaDin” applies if one is going in th same direction as the halacha, as opposed to acting contrary to the halacha: link 1, link 2
  • R. Yissocher Frand urges us to follow the model of both proper intent and action, even if it costs a considerable sum, in performing a mitzvah: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks explains the centrality of Sefer Vayikra, explores various hashkafic approaches to korbanos, and how prayer can serve as a substitute for a korban simply by negating our will in favor of the Divine Will: link

  • Click here to read moreThe Contrast Between Vayikra and Tzav
  • R. Mordechai Sabato contrasts and explains the korbanos in Parshas Vaiykra and Tzav: link

  • The Cleaning of the Ashes
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein explains why a Kohen who was not prepared to clean the ashes was not worthy of offering a sacrifice: link

  • The korban Olah
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R. Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests that we emulate the halachos, aim and purpose of the korban Olah in our study of Torah and Tefilah as a means of battling thoughts of sin that weaken us and bind us to evil: link

  • The Seven Days of Consecration
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein suggests that the schism between the role of a Kohen and Prophet required the participation of Moshe Rabbeinu in the consecration process and that we try to fuse our personalities with the elements of a Kohen and Prophet, not just in the Beis Medrash, but also in our everyday lives: link

  • The Relevance of the Sacrificial Order Today
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald, based on Hosea 14:3, underscores the importance of Tefilah and Torah study as means of resurrecting the Beis HaMikdash: link

  • Shabbos HaGadol
  • R. Mayer Twersky reminds us that we call this Shabbos “HaGadol” to distinguish it from Chag HaMatzos because it is the greatest and holiest day of the Jewish calendar: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin explains why the Haftarah of Shabbos HaGadol is understood as mandating the presence of Eliyahu HaNavi who will herald the arrival of the Redemption of the Jewish People: link

  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department

    An Overview of the Haggadah
  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l investigates the structure of the Haggadah from Avadim Hayinu until Gaal Yisrael.and nine aspects of the Seder: link 1, link (audio)

  • Erev Yom Tov

    Eruv Tavshilin
  • R. Joshua Flug discusses the halachic sources and requirements for Eruv Tavshilin: link (PDF)

  • Biur Chametz
  • R. Menachem Genack, based upon the teachings of Rav Soloveitchik zt"l, explains how one destroys Chametz and fulfills the Mitzvah of Tashbisu: link (PDF)

  • Leil HaSeder

    Ha Lachma Anyah
  • R. Daniel Z. Feldman explores the halachic and hashkafic underpinnings of Hachnosas Orchim: link (PDF)

  • Kiddush and Various Halachic Aspects of the Seder
  • R. Herschel Schachter explores the unique halachic requirments of Kiddush on Leil HaSeder and numerous aspects of the Seder: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R. Mordechai Willig discusses the role of women at the Seder: link (audio)

  • Various Insights into Magid
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosenzweig discusses the obligations of women at the Seder and other issues within the Haggadah: link (audio)
  • Dr. Michelle Levine explains why the Seder is structured around from proceeding from darkness to light and from servitude to redemption: link (PDF)
  • R. Michael Rosensweig investigates the comtrasting themes of Avadim Hayinu and Mtchilah: link (audio)

  • Arbah Kosos and Hasebah
  • R. Yonasan Sacks and R. Baruch Simon discusses various issues related to Arbah Kosos and Hasebah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky discusses the issues involved in using wine or grape juice: link (audio)

  • Shiurim and Finishing the Seder on Time
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky discusses how much Karpas one should eat at the Seder: link (audio)
  • R. Mordechai Willig discusses the shiurim related to Arbah Kosos and Acilas Matzah and the effect of Daylight Savings Time upon Halachah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Talmud Torah and Zecher LMikdash
  • R. Yaakov Neuberger investigates why the Seder is fulfilled through the mitzvah and various aspects of Talmud Torah: link (PDF)
  • R. Mayer Twersky demonstrates that Zecher Lmikdash is one of the underlying motifs of the entire Seder: link (PDF)

  • Hallel
  • R. Dovid Hirsch discusses numerous queries raised with respect to Hallel during the Seder: link (audio)

  • Choleh Umitzaer Leil HaSeder
  • R Asher Weiss explores the halachos of a choleh and mitzaer on Leil HaSeder: link

  • Chol HaMoed
  • R. Aharon Soloveitchik zt"l discusses various aspects of Chol HaMoed: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Sefiras HaOmer
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky discusses whether Sefiras HaOmer is Biblical or Rabbinical: link (audio)
  • R. Baruch Simon and R. Shalom Rosner discuss Minhagei Sefiras HaOmer and why Sefiras HaOmer is a path to taharah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Last year's roundup: link

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