Archive for January, 2010

Parshat Yithro 5770: What Compelled Yithro to Join B’nai Yisrael?

January 30th, 2010

by, Moshe Burt We learn that when Yithro had heard all that Hashem did for B’nai Yisrael, he left Midian with Tzippora and Moshe’s two sons and went to join with the Jews. We are not absolutely certain as to whether any one specific event Yithro heard boosted him to circumcize himself and to go […]

Parshat Beshalach 5770: Moshe’s Paradigm of Empathy: Applied Today?

January 23rd, 2010

by Moshe Burt Near the end of our Parsha, we read “And the hands of Moshe were heavy and they took a rock and placed it under him and he sat on it.” (Sefer Sh’mos, Perek 17, posuk 12) Rabbi Pliskin in Growth Through Torah cites a Rashi which states; “that Moshe did not sit […]

Parshat Bo 5770: Tangible Darkness, Supernal Light and Jonathan Pollard — Revisited

January 16th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Parshat Bo is the one which, for me, annually relates to that crazy tune which played back “in the Old Country” a few decades ago, “Does Your Korbon Pesach Lose It’s Flavor Tied to the Bedpost Overnight?” (Actually, the real title to the song was “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor […]

Parsha Va’era 5770: Reconnecting the Jewish Soul

January 9th, 2010

by Moshe Burt At the conclusion of Parsha Shemos, Moshe and Aaron are confronted, upon exiting Pharoah’s Palace, by the B’nai Yisrael who are in deeper despair than before because of the increased workload, i.e. finding their own straw while the quotas remain the same, which resulted from Pharoah’s fury at Moshe’s first effort to […]

Parshat Shemos 5770: Assimilation and the Evolution of Jewish Enslavement — Then and Now(?)

January 2nd, 2010

by Moshe Burt To sufficiently comprehend the evolution of the enslavement of B’nai Yisrael in Mitzriyim, it would seem that one needs to comprehend the closed nature of the two preceding Parshiyot; the concluding posuk of Vayigash; And Yisrael dwelt in the land of Mitzriyim in the land of Goshen, and they acquired property in […]

Yaakov, The Sh’vatim and The End of Days

January 1st, 2010

by Moshe Burt — Special Erev Shabbos Edition This author heard a vort on Parshat Vayechi this past Thursday night at Mishmar which could be understood to amplify on a topic repeated on this blog several times over the past few weeks — that Jewish unity is prerequisite to bringing about a Halachic, Just State […]