Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Parashah Roundup: Re'eh 5769

by Steve Brizel

L'Zecher Nishmas Yitzchak Ben Zelig

An Overview of the Parsha

  • R Yitzchak Etshalom surveys the numerous themes of the Parsha: link
  • Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks reminds us that Judaism is transmitted by our comprehension of the Divine Word: link

  • Freedom of Choice
  • R Hershel Schachter, based upon the teachings of Rav Soloveichik, ZTL, illustrates why Bchirah Chofshis is one of the Ikarei Emunah: link
  • R Ben Zion Shafier, based upon a parable of the Daas Zkanim, illustrates the consequences of choices that we make in our lives: link (PDF)

  • Click here for moreCommunal Responsibility
  • R Avraham Gordimer suggests that living in the Land of Israel entailed a sense of arvus for adherence to the mitzvos: link

  • Internalizing the Mitzos
  • R Shlomoh Riskin reminds us that we must internalize the mitzvos in our lives: link

  • Aseh Lchah Rav
  • R Baruch Simon explains why one must have a rebbe: link

  • The Right and the Good
  • R Yaakov Neuberger, based upon the teachings of R Nisan Alpert ZL, suggests that the entire unifying focus of Sefer Devarim is the focus on goodness and integrity: link

  • The Outstretched Hand
  • R Yisscocher Frand explains why Tzedakah should be extended with an outstretched hand: link
  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, suggests that all of our observance of the Mitzvos should have the same attitude as we have towards the mitzvah of Tzedaka: link
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the halachic interplay between Maaser Kesafim and Charitable Donations: link (audio)
  • R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Shmuel Maybruch discuss priorties and perspectives in Tzedakah and Chesed and contemporary issues in Hilcos Tzedakah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)

  • The False Prophet
  • R Berel Wein reminds us to be wary of ideological trends and utopian schemes: link
  • R Yaakov Haber examines hashkafic issues raised by true and false prophecy, tests of faith and preserving faith: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald suggests how we identify a true, as opposed to a false prophet: link

  • Worshiping God in a True Manner
  • Rav Soloveitchik, ZTL, based upon the comments of Ramban on Devarim 12:30 ( end of s.v. Hishamer) , warns us not to worship God in the same manner that the nations of the world worship God or to import their manners of worship into our service of God: link
    Shemitas Kesafim and Shemitas HaAretz
  • R Elhanan Samet explores the relationship between Shemitas Kesafim and Shemitas HaAretz: link

  • The Mitzvah of Simcha
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal suggests how one fulfills Simchas Yom Tov during the rest of the year: link
  • R Zvi Sobolofsy examines the many dimensions of the Mitzvah of Simcha, especially as manifested in the Shalosh Regalim: link

  • The Mitzvah of Testimony and Invalidating a Document
  • R Avraham Gordimer discusses the actions of Bes Din in examining witnesses and documents: link

  • Bal Tosif
  • R Yonasan Sacks examines the halachic dimensions of this prohibition: link (audio)

  • Mitzvas Bchor
  • R Baruch Simon discusses the Karban and Halachos of the Bchor: link (audio)

  • Sefiras HaOmer
  • R Asher Weiss discusses the mitzvah of Sefiras HaOmer: link

  • Last year's roundup: link

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