Archive for July, 2010

Parsha R’ei 5770 — The Kindness of Chessed and the Continuing Plight of the Expelled

July 31st, 2010

by Moshe Burt According to Rashi, Moshe Rabbeinu begins our Parsha R’ei by informing the B’nei Yisrael about the blessing and the curse to be pronounced to them upon their entry to Eretz Yisrael from Mount Gerizim and Mount Eval. Moshe Rabbeinu continues his mussar saying: “Behold, I set before you … a blessing and […]

Parsha Eikev 5770: Has Abject Failure with the Eikev Mitzvot Held Back the Geula?

July 25th, 2010

by Moshe Burt The beginning of Parsha Eikev is equated in terms of one’s being attentive to the little Mitzvot; the details, the Mitzvot that one tends to overlook, to ignore, to tread one’s heels on in the mad dash, but without which the Jewish people would lack the merit which sets us apart from […]

Parsha Va’etchanan 5770 — Consolation: After Expulsion of Jews by Israeli Governance?

July 18th, 2010

by Moshe Burt The Haftorah for our Parsha begins, “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami yomar Elokeichem” — “Comfort, comfort my people — says your G’d.” (Yishaiya, 40:1) This sentiment seems to be silent, but yet a theme of Parsha Va’etchanan. In the beginning of Parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu recalls for the B’nai Yisrael how he entreated Hashem for […]

Devarim 5770: What it Takes to Bring True Jewish Leadership and it’s Applications

July 10th, 2010

by Moshe Burt A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near. He explained that near the end of Sefer BaMidbar, we began to see indications, via the story of Zelafchad’s daughters, Reuven […]

Parsha Matos/Masei 5770: Remaining “in Peace” Rather Than Jealously Possessing the Entirety of Eretz Yisrael

July 4th, 2010

by Moshe Burt In Parsha Matos, Sh’vatim Gad and Reuven approached Moshe Rabbeinu regarding their desire to graze their flocks and settle their families on the East side of the Yarden. To this, Moshe Rabbeinu replied, “Shall your brothers go off to war, and shall you sit here?” (Sefer Bamidbar, Perek 32, posuk 6) Moshe […]