Archive for November, 2009

Parshat Vayishlach 5770: Contrasting Moral, Spiritual Honesty With Clouded False Perceptions

November 28th, 2009

by, Moshe Burt As our Parsha begins, Yaakov sent melachim (angels), some render a translation of messengers, “… ahead of him to Eisev to the land of Seir, to the field of Edom… Thus shall you say … to Eisev, so said your servant Yaakov: ‘Im-Lavan garti’ (I have sojourned with Lavan) …” (Sefer Breish’t, […]

Parsha Vayeitzei 5770: Yaakov and Practical Applications of Compassion and Cruelty — Revisit

November 21st, 2009

by Moshe Burt In last week’s Parsha Toldos, we learned about Rivka, who rose above an evil environment while internalizing it’s insights and was thus well positioned to urge Yaakov to claim the Bracha, and about Yaakov, the “Ish Tam”. We learn that Yaakov was “totally honest, a man of great integrity” but was also […]

Parsha Toldos 5770: Yitzchak’s False Perceptions Regarding Eisev

November 14th, 2009

by Moshe Burt In considering Avraham Aveinu’s passing and his son Yitzchak’s aveilut (mourning) of his Father’s passing, there seem to be a number of burning questions which beg to be asked concerning the relationship between Yitzchak and Eisev. In understanding that Eisev was largely able to camouflage his evil behind his ability to honor […]

Parsha Chaye Sarah 5770: Avraham’s Intuitive Perceptions, Today’s Real Adversarial Intentions

November 7th, 2009

by Moshe Burt There are two intriguing commentaries, each relating to a different posuk of Parsha Chaye Sarah, regarding the dialogue leading up to Avraham Aveinu’s acquisition of the Ma’arat HaMachpela for 400 shekels of silver from Efron the Hittite. The first of the two posukim is spoken by Avraham and says, in part: “I […]