Archive for January, 2011

Parshat Terumah 5771: The Mishkan, Terumah and the “Crown of a Good Name” — Revisited and Revised

January 25th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Back in Philadelphia, in the “old country”, R’ Moshe Ungar would speak about the Mizbeiyach in terms of both the Beit HaMikdash and in terms of the personal Mizbeiyach which burns eternally in our hearts. And there is the well-known wish to a Chosson and Kallah that the fire of the personal […]

Parshat Mishpatim 5771: In Search of Jewish Standards — Honesty, Principle and Morality

January 18th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Nearing the conclusion of Parshat Yithro, Torah records the high moment to date in world history; The Asseret HaDivrot (The 10 Statements) were given on the 6th day of the month of Sivan. After Hashem presents Moshe and the B’nai Yisrael with The Asseret HaDivrot, he instructs Moshe to fashion the construction […]

Parshat Yithro 5771: What Fueled Yithro’s Longing to Join B’nai Yisrael?

January 12th, 2011

by Moshe Burt We learn that when Yithro had heard all that Hashem had done for B’nai Yisrael, he left Midian with Tzippora and Moshe’s two sons and went to join with the Jews. We are not absolutely certain as to whether any one specific event Yithro heard boosted him to circumcize himself and to […]

Parshat Beshalach 5771: Moshe’s Paradigm of Inspiration and Empathy: Applied Today?

January 6th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Near the end of our Parsha, we read: “And the hands of Moshe were heavy and they took a rock and placed it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Chur supported his hands, one on either side, and his hands remained an expression of trust until sunset.” (Sefer Sh’mos, […]