Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Devarim-Chazon 5769

by Steve Brizel

An Overview of Sefer Devarim

  • R Yitzchak Etshalom and R Mordechai Sabato discusses the themes of historical recounting, mitzvos, covenental ceremonies and Moshe Rabbeinu's fairwell that are the highlights of Sefer Devarim: link 1, link 2
  • R Baruch Simon explores many of the unique factors in Sefer Dvarim and how the explication of Sefer Devarim diiffers from the other sefarim of Chumash: link (audio)

  • Click here to read moreMoshe Rabbeinu-The Master Educator
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Moshe Rabbeinu was the master educator: link

  • Moshe Rabbeinu's Perspective After 40 Years in the Desert
  • R David Horwitz illustrates how Moshe Rabbeinu had a deep sense of empathy for those members of the Jewish People who were denied entry to the Land of Israel: link

  • From Yisrael to Kol Yisrael
  • Chief R Sir Jonathan Sacks, based upon the Kli Yakar, reminds us that tGod is found in the community, as opposed to the individual: link

  • Ingratitude and Lack of Self Worth
  • R Berel Wein suggests that Moshe Rabbeinu's valedictory address is a reminder of us to always express gratitude and to remember the Divine Mission, regardless of the surrounding environment: link

  • Learning Not to Say No
  • R Yissocher Frand reminds educators and parents that sometimes saying yes, when one would at first glance say no, is warranted when the negative answer will fall on deaf ears: link

  • The Resistance of Sichon and Og
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests that each of us must work at eradicating the Sichon and Og within our own personalities in order to reach a higher level in Avodas HaShem: link

  • Lo Saguru-The Integrity of the Judicial System
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explores the dimensions of this prohibition: link (audio)

  • Shabbos Chazon
  • R Shlomo Riskin explores the hashkafic underpinnings of a dispute after the Churban Bayis Sheni between R Yochanan Ben Zakkai and R Akiva and its post Holocaust ramifications: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer suggests why Parshas Dvarim is always read on Shabbos Chazon: link

  • Shoalim Vdorshin Department
  • R Soloveitchik ZTL discusses The Three Weeks, Tishah B'Av and Kinos: link
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the Issur of Talmud Torah on Tishah B'Av: link
  • R Michael Rosensweig explores the unique nature of Tishah B'Av and the question raised by the Chasam Sofer and R Akiva Eger ZTL whether a person who is not fasting can receive an aliyah on the afternoon of Tishah Bav: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks explains how and why Tishah B'Av differs from Yom HaKippurim and why American Jews, in particular, need to commemorate Tishah B'Av: link 1, link 2
  • R Joshua Flug explores the many themes that are apparent in a proper appreciation of Tishah B'Av: link (PDF)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman discusses the dual kindness of Nichum Aveilim: link (PDF)
  • R Reuven Brand investigates the relationship between the Seder and Tishah B'Av: link (PDF)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb explores many issues in Megilas Eichah and offers commentary on Kinos: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Shmuel Marcus discusses many themes in the Kinos: link (audio)

  • Last year's roundup: link

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