Archive for May, 2010

Parsha Shelach 5770: Shelach Turned Upside Down, Inside-Out, Round and Round

May 28th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Observing the political governmental scene in Israel today, this author’s memories harken back to the late-1980s in Philadelphia, in the years just prior to becoming Ba’al Teshuva. The conservative synagogue attended for Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur had a practice of bringing in a young JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary) guest Rabbi to […]

Parsha Beha’aloscha 5770 — Real Leadership vs Evil Pretenders: Mirror Reflection of Us?

May 21st, 2010

by Moshe Burt Commentators discussing our Parsha speak about the reasons for the separate section delineated by the inverted “nuns” — “When the Aron (the Ark) would journey, Moshe said, ‘Arise Hashem, and let your foes be scattered, let those who hate you flee from before you.’ And when it rested, he would say, ‘Reside […]

Parsha Naso 5770: Unity and Fair Dealing Between Jews; Ger’im, Ba’alei Teshuva and Newly Arrived

May 15th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Shavu’ot inevitably comes during the week of Shabbos Parsha Naso. This year, with Shavu’ot coming on yom Revi’i with Shabbos following 3 days after, there are various common threads between Shabbos Parsha Naso and Chag HaShavu’ot. There is the thread of national unity expressed by the Kohanim in the Birchat Kohanim, the […]

Shavu’ot 5770: All-Night Learning, Megillat Ruth and Jonathan Pollard

May 14th, 2010

by Moshe Burt In reflecting on Shavu’ot and the story of Ruth, I am struck by the similarity between Ruth’s cleaving to Naomi and to Jewishness, and Jonathan Pollard’s actions on behalf of Israel and B’nai Yisrael — putting his life on the line, the price — come what may, for the survival of the […]

Yom Yerushalayim: Rav Sholom Gold’s Talk

May 12th, 2010

Rabbi Sholom Gold “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem…” To hear Rav Gold’s Yom Yerushalayim talk, click on his name above.

Parsha Bamidbar 5770: Unity, Diversity Toward Common Jewish Goals

May 8th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Bamidbar speaks of the spiritual beauty and innovation which results from diversity within a unity, within uniformity. Once getting past the numbers crunching of the census, our Parsha speaks of Degalim: the flags of the Sh’vatim (Tribes), as a paradigm of Unity, yet which expresses diversity within the various components, […]

Parshiyot Behar/Bechukotai 5770: Shabbos, Shemittoh, Eretz Yisrael and Denial by Rulers Lacking Torah

May 1st, 2010

by Moshe Burt Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai are another of a number of power-packed doubleheaders, this one emphasizing the connection between the Jew and Eretz Yisrael. Our Parshiyot parallel the laws of Shabbos with Shemittoh. And so, six days you shall work and you shall rest, refrain from all manner of avodah on the seventh […]