Parashah Roundup: Yisro 5773
by Steve BrizelRav Soloveitchik ZL discusses numerous aspects of the Aseres HaDibros: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), and the appointment of judges: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)R Berel Wein discusses what it means to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation: linkR Yissocher Frand explains why we observe Chukim: linkR Yitzchak Etshalom explores the Aseres HaDibros: linkThe Nesivos Shalom ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why one kind of emunah has bedrock strength – that which is predicated upon nothing but the word of the Torah itself: linkThe Netziv, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Yisro was the source of the idea of compromise as a positive end in its own right: linkR Hershel Schachter explains why Korbanos, Tefilah and Talmud Torah are all should be referred to as avodah, because only in these three mitzvos is there direct interaction with Hakadosh Baruch Hu, like an eved serving his master directly: link, and why, subject only to certain exceptions, we should emulate HaShem and lead a hidden and a private life: link, and the implications of being the Am Havivchar: link (audio)R Mordechai Willig explains that we must recapture the excitement of learning and practicing Torah and mitzvos so that next generation view the Torah as their portion, given to them by Hashem today, now: link, and evaluates “casual Shabbos”: link (audio)R Michael Rosensweig explains why Lo Sachmod is the perfect culmination to the Aseres HaDibros: linkR Yonasan Sacks explores the Mitzvah of Kiddush on Shabbos: link, standing for Krias HaTorah, and Dinim before and after Matan Torah: link (audio)R Michael Broyde discusses how a dayan reaches a just and halachic conclusion: link (audio)R Avishai David discusses two ways of receiving the Torah: link (audio)R Ezra Bick discusses the epilogue to Matan Torah: linkR Shlomoh Riskin contrasts the reactions of Amalek and Yisro to the Exodus from Egypt: linkR Sir Jonathan Sacks explores the minhag of reciting the Aseres HaDibros: linkR Asher Brander, based on the explanation of the Sefer HaChinuch, explores the Mitzvah of Kibud Av Vaem: linkR Chaim Eisenstein examines the qualifications for judges, and the disagreement between Yisro and Moshe: link (audio)R Ahron Lichtenstein reminds us that an attempt to seek HaShemin a unilateral manner, based only on one’s own personal initiative, is not only missing the mark, but a form of idolatry: linkR Azarya Berzon analyzes the commentary of the Ramban at the beginning of the Parsha: link (audio), the various roles of Moshe Rabbeinu: link (audio), and the development of anti Semitism in Egypt: link (audio)R Baruch Simon discusses how we can stay attached to Tzadikim and Chachamim: link (audio)R Elchanan Adler discusses the commentary of the Ramban to Parshiyos Yisro and Mishpatim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
Shoalim V Dorshim Shloshim Yom DepartmentRav Soloveitchik ZL analyzes many aspects of the Halachos and Hashkafa of Purim: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio)R David Brofsky discusses numerous aspects of Hilcos Purim: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5R Asher Weiss discusses Mishloach Manos, Seudah, Simcha and Matonos LaEvyonim: link (audio)
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