Archive for March, 2010

Pesach 5770: Feeling the Hebrew Mindset of Mitzrayim

March 24th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Our Rabbanim inform us that for the Pesach Seder to have meaning, beyond the external, superficial or by-rote ritual, we have to feel ourselves as if in Mitzrayim; the oppression, the being put upon, the slave labor and persecution soo overpowering and all-pervasive that we lose the will and the capability of […]

Parsha Tzav 5770: Jewish Constancy or Rote and Complacency?

March 18th, 2010

by Moshe Burt In our Parsha, Tzav is Moshe’s command from Hashem to Aaron HaKohen and his sons to take up and clothe themselves in their Vestments, their garments of service in the Mishkan, and to begin their daily Avodah (service and offerings in the Mishkan). For seven days, Moshe taught Aaron HaKohen and his […]

Dayenu 5770: The Korban Pesach; Its Modern-Day Versions?

March 18th, 2010

by Moshe Burt This year will mark fifteen years, and my twelfth Pesach in Eretz Yisrael, in which I have emailed, as it has become tradition with me from prior to my Aliyah, the rendition of Dayenu quoted from the book “Dear Brothers.” In each year, Dayenu holds a unique perspective, unlike the perspective of […]

Parsha Vayikra 5770: Recognizing True, Strong, Yet Humble Leaders From Frauds

March 13th, 2010

By Moshe Burt The first word of our parsha; Vayikra begs discussion of why the small “aleph” in Vayikra, and tells much about Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of principle, integrity and his standard of leadership of B’nei Yisrael. We are told how Hashem, Kav’yochal, would call gently, affectionately “Moshe, Moshe” in a voice for Moshe Rabbeinu’s […]

Parshiyot Vayakhel/Pekudei 5770: Shabbos, the Mishkan and Accountability of National Leadership

March 6th, 2010

by Moshe Burt The terms leadership, accountability and transparency have often been bandied about in contemporary Medinat Yisrael where dedication, diligence and overriding concern for the welfare of the Kahal have often been wanting as compared with the influence, enrichment, protexia and political agendization of the few, the privileged, the elitists. Our Parsha Vayakhel is […]