Archive for October, 2010

Parsha Toldos 5771: Yitzchak, Eisev and Modern-Day False Perceptions

October 29th, 2010

by Moshe Burt In considering Avraham Aveinu’s passing and his son Yitzchak’s aveilut (mourning) of his Father’s passing, there seem to be a number of burning questions which beg to be asked concerning the relationship between Yitzchak and Eisev. In understanding that Eisev was largely able to camouflage his evil behind his ability to honor […]

Parsha Chayei Sarah 5771: Rivka’s Unconditional Kindness

October 25th, 2010

by Moshe Burt This author has written often about Rivka Imeinu’s qualities of having been raised and nurtured under Lavanite societal norms of deceit, cheating, conniving and stealing. We learn that Rivka rose above these norms and was straight, honest, yet knew how to employ deceit for the good and right as with Yaakov, Eisev […]

Parsha Vayeira 5771: Stark Contrasts Between Actions of Avraham, Sodom and Israel 5771

October 15th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens with Hashem, as we understand, visiting Avraham Aveinu on the 3rd day after Bris Milah, when Avraham was at the height of his pain following the circumcision, as Rashi indicates, “to inquire about his welfare.” (Metsuda Linear Chumash rendering of Rashi on Perek 18, posuk 1) It’s not like […]

Parshat Lech Lecha 5771: Avraham Avinu, Jonathan Pollard and L’Shem Shemayim

October 9th, 2010

by Moshe Burt This author was on a roll in a friend’s Succah the night of the Yom Tov. During the seven days of Succot, we speak each day about one of the Seven Holy Men (Ushpizin) commemorated — Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Moshe, Aaron, Yosef and King David. In honor of Parshat Lech Lecha, an […]

Parshat Noach 5771: Compromised Principles and Perceived “Larger Cheshbonot”

October 3rd, 2010

by Moshe Burt There is a Midrash Says at the end of Parsha Breish’t (pages 78-80) which is prelude to No’ach and the Mabul. It speaks about Hashem, as it were, Bemoaning His Making of man. The Melachim say to Hashem that they would do far better than man and would sanctify Hashem’s Name. So […]