Archive for December, 2010

Parshat Bo 5771: Tangible Darkness, Supernal Light, and Its Message to Jews, to the Nations

December 30th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Parshat Bo is the one which, for me, annually relates to that crazy tune which played back “in the Old Country” a few decades ago, “Does Your Korbon Pesach Lose It’s Flavor Tied to the Bedpost Overnight?” (Actually, the real title to the song was “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor […]

Parshat Va’era 5771: The Roots of Disconnection From Jewish Power Sources — Then and Now

December 24th, 2010

by Moshe Burt At the conclusion of Parsha Shemos, Moshe and Aaron are confronted, upon exiting Pharoah’s Palace, by the B’nai Yisrael who are in deeper despair than before because of the increased workload, i.e. finding their own straw while the quotas remain the same, which resulted from Pharoah’s fury at Moshe’s first effort to […]

Parshat Shemos 5771: Assimilation and the Evolution of Jewish Enslavement — In Mitzrayim, and Now (?)

December 19th, 2010

by Moshe Burt To sufficiently comprehend the evolution of the enslavement of B’nai Yisrael in Mitzriyim, it would seem that one needs to comprehend the closed nature of the two preceding Parshiyot; the concluding posuk of Vayigash; And Yisrael dwelt in the land of Mitzriyim in the land of Goshen, and they acquired property in […]

Parshat Vayechi 5771: Yaakov, The Sh’vatim and The End of Days — Expanded

December 13th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Last year, this author heard a vort on Parshat Vayechi at a Thursday night Mishmar which could be understood to amplify on a topic repeated on this blog numerous times over the years — that Jewish unity is prerequisite to bringing about a Halachic, Just State of Israel, the prerequisite to bringing […]

Parsha Vayigash 5771: Yosef, the Brothers and Real Teshuvah

December 5th, 2010

Moshe Burt There was an Israel National News report last week about how former IDF Chief Rabbi Yisrael Weiss expressed regret at having supported the expulsion, or as they call it the “disengagement.” Rabbi Weiss expressed the following: “Rabbi Yisrael Weiss, former IDF Chief Rabbi, has expressed regret over his role in the 2005 “Disengagement” […]