Archive for April, 2010

A Kohen’s Take: The Likud Central Committee Vote and Jerusalem

April 27th, 2010

Commentary: As this week’s Parshat HaShevua is Parsha Emor, it seems appropriate apply precepts which I have derived from our Parsha to our collective current malaise: The function of the Kohen in relationship to his fellow Jews is meant to be the paradigm of how the Jews are meant to relate to the nations as […]

The Secret US-Israeli Agreement on East Jerusalem

April 27th, 2010

Bibi’s infamous Yes vote for the expulsion of our Gush Katif brethren. This blog has closely observed prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s public reactions to the tirades of US president Obama and secretary of state Clinton in the aftermath of licensure for building in Ramat Shlomo. Among Netanyahu’s public statements have been declarations that construction in […]

Parsha Emor 5770: The Kohanic Paradigm of Purity, Unity vs the Forces of Defilement

April 24th, 2010

by Moshe Burt The positioning in Torah of our Parsha Emor, following last week’s Parsha Kedoshim gives rise to thought and contemplation. In the previous 2 twin Parshas; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim, and Tazria and Metzora before them, we learn about the Kohen as the only one Divinely invested with ruling as to Tumah or […]

Parsha Acharei Mos/Kedoshim 5770: The Kohen – Paradigm for the Jews, as Light for Mankind

April 17th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Our twin Parshiyot; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim are what baseball fans refer to as another of the “doubleheader” parshas. And just as Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora are extensions of each other, visa vi Tumah and Ta’Hara regarding post-birth, regarding skin, hair, clothing or regarding one’s home or building; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim […]

Parshiyot Tazria/Metzora 5770: Ta’amei/Tahara on a Contemporary National Level

April 10th, 2010

by Moshe Burt In learning about the laws of tzara’as, we find posukim which are a pelah, a wonderment. Torah relates in our Parsha; . “If the tzara’as will erupt on the skin, and … will cover the entire skin of the afflicted from his head to his feet, wherever the eyes of the Kohen […]

Parsha Shemini 5770 –Kosher, Treif and Gauging the Sincerity of a Jew’s Service

April 1st, 2010

By Moshe Burt After learning in Parsha Tzav that for seven days, Moshe taught Aaron HaKohen and his sons the laws of their Avodah (the Kohanic Service, i.e. in the Tabernacle and later in the Beit HaMikdash — ” The Temple”) in the Mishkan, our Parsha Shemini begins by relating that on the eighth day, […]