Archive for October, 2009

Parsha Vayeira 5770: Stark Contrasts Between Chessed, the Ways of Sodom and Western Morality

October 31st, 2009

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens with Hashem, as we understand, visiting Avraham Aveinu on the 3rd day after Bris Milah, when Avraham was at the height of his pain following the circumcision, as Rashi indicates, “to inquire about his welfare.” (Metsuda Linear Chumash rendering of Rashi on Perek 18, posuk 1) It’s not like […]

Guess What: Barak, Not Shimshon Battalion, Politicized IDF!

October 29th, 2009

Commentary: Many of you may wonder why this blog has been silent for awhile, aside from the weekly Parsha HaShevua. Frankly, it’s been a case of basically the same recurrent news, day after day. How many times and in how many different ways can one comment on the same news, again and again with only […]

Hezbollah Heating Up North Again Amidst Israel’s Silence, Kassam From Gaza Hits South and Other War News…

October 28th, 2009

4 Katyushas Found, Dismantled in Southern Lebanon Launching Site Katyusha Rocket Hits Galilee [Near Kiryat Shemonah], by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (Israel National News) Katyusha Explosion Causes Fire in Upper Galilee Palestinians Fire Kassam Rocket into Israel [Lands in Sha'ar Hanegev Area] IDF Troops Arrest 2 Palestinians [Terrorists] Near Bethlehem Weapon Seized [From "Israeli" Arab] in […]

Parsha Lech Lecha 5770: Aliyah — Distinguishing Reality From Fantasy

October 24th, 2009

by Moshe Burt “Hashem said to Avram, Go for yourself from your land … to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation…” (Breish’t, Perek 12, posukim 1 & 2) Lech Lecha, the “Aliyah Parsha.” Rashi writes on the posukim, “For your benefit and good. It is there […]

Parsha Noach 5770: Added Thoughts on Compromising Principles for Perceived “Larger Cheshbonot”

October 18th, 2009

by Moshe Burt There is a Midrash Says at the end of Parsha Breish’t which is prelude to No’ach and the Mabul. It speaks about Hashem, as it were, Bemoaning His Making of man. The Melachim say to Hashem that they would do far better than man and would sanctify Hashem’s Name. So they came […]

Monday Thru Thursday War News: Kassam Rocket Strikes Western Negev, IAF Bombs Smuggling Tunnels; Hezbollah Arms Smuggling Videoed, Jewish Cars Stoned in North and Throughout Yehuda, Shomron, Palestinian Terrorist Nabbed Planning Attacks, Arabs From Silwan Neighborhood Toss Firebombs at IDF Vehicle in Jerusalem, IDF Nabs 16 Terrorists

October 16th, 2009

Kassam Rocket Strikes Open Area [Between Sdot Negev and Sha'ar Hangev Regions] in Western Negev IAF Bombs Smuggling Tunnels in Northern Gaza Strip IDF Releases Video of Hezbollah Arms Smuggling IDF Tells Soldiers: Don’t Kill Firebombers, by Gil Ronen (Israel National News) 4 Cars Stoned on Coastal Highway [in North Near Arab-Israeli Village of Jisar […]

Wednesday Thru Shabbos, Sunday War News: Arab Rock and Molotov Attacks on Jewish Autos, Border Guard Unit; IDF Nabs Arabs With Knives, Molotovs; IDF Nabs 25 Terrorists, Attempted Arab Tractor Attack in Shvut Ami, 75 Arabs Nabbed in Uprisings

October 11th, 2009

IDF Troops Arrest Palestinian [ARAB Terrorist Near Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron] Carrying Knife; Find 10 Molotov Cocktails Rock Attack [by ARABS] at Wadi Haramia Car Stoned at Beit Omer [Between Jerusalem and Hevron] Woman Wounded After Palestinian [ARAB Terrorist] Hurls Rock at Car [Near Shechem] Woman Seriously Injured in Arab Rock Ambush [Near […]

Parsha Breish’t 5770: New Beginnings; The Never-Ending Torah

October 11th, 2009

by, Moshe Burt Somehow, not being rabbinic or a Talmud Chacham, it has always seemed difficult to put a true and deep meaning of Hashem’s creation to words and so a similar theme is struck with the end and the beginning of Torah. In Hashem’s expression of creation; “Breish’t, Bora, Kelokim.” (“In the beginning, Hashem […]

A Prayer on Hoshana Rabbah for Jonathan Pollard

October 8th, 2009

We learn that on Hoshana Rabbah, Hashem’s decrees upon all individuals, upon the Jewish people, and indeed on everyone in the entire world are finalized, as Rabbi Artscroll puts it, ‘delivered’ (Succot Machzor, page 645). Many Kehillot stay up all of Hoshana Rabbah night praying, saying Tehillim, learning in hopes that the finalized, ‘delivered’ decree […]

The Little Booth Which Survives Tyrants of Every Generation

October 8th, 2009

This Jerusalem Post feature piece by Yehuda Avner is outstanding in that it makes a statement reaching far beyond the story’s placement in 1936, reaching today and today’s issues, tyrants and blood libels — both internally as well as externally amongst our enemies, in essence, The Little Booth, the Jewish people which cleaves to Hashem […]