The Structure of the Chumash 01 – Chazon Ish introduction

This is the first of a new series entitled “The Structure of the Chumash in the Eyes of Chazal”. In it, Rabbi Triebitz will explore and try to understand how Chazal viewed the Chumash.

He begins with the Chazon Ish, Orech Chaim 125.

Apparently the Chazon Ish wrote this piece in response to questions from a talmid of his – Tzvi Aryeh Yehuda.

You will also want to look at Ramban 20:15to understand this shiur.

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One thought on “The Structure of the Chumash 01 – Chazon Ish introduction

  1. A. Perlow

    First of all, I love this website and I am truly indebted to you for its creation. Glad to have people dealing with issues at the heart of what it means to be a believing Jew. I had a few questions which were unclear to me during the shiur:

    1 – at 40 minutes, it is explained that the bris between hashem and bnei was broken with the breaking of the luchos. But why should the bris be broken once the luchos are broken? Even if the bris were broken, why should the conditions of the bris have to be repeated with its re-establishment. Where do we see precedent for this idea that without the luchos the bris is broken. Also, because the laws except for eser hadibros were all oral for the time being until they were written down in the ohel moed (according to this shita of ramban), what reason is there for having to review all the laws once again during those 40 days?

    2 – Philosophical question, I suppose that is unrelated to the shiur’s attempt to give over the facts. At 45 minutes it is said that moshe was given all the mitzvos and then told not to give them over until later in the midbar. But if that were the case, why should he keep them to himself? Never does chumash mention this happening explicitly although a careful reading (as R. akiva performs) might be forced to imply this.

    3 – why is R Akiva’s shita how we hold? Reb yishmoel seems to be much simpler.

    Thanks for everything once again. Looking forward to anyone’s response


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