Archive for February, 2011

Parsha Vayikra 5771: Distinguishing Fact from Myth and True, Strong, Yet Humble Leaders From Frauds

February 28th, 2011

By Moshe Burt The first word of our parsha; Vayikra is the source of much discussion as to why the word ends with a small “aleph” and tells much about Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of principle, integrity and his standard of leadership of B’nei Yisrael. R’ Shimshon Rafael Hirsch, z’l in the new Hirsch Chumash (published […]

Parshat Pekudei 5771: Paradigm of Accountability Standards for National Leadership

February 22nd, 2011

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Pekudei begins; “These are the accounts of the Mishkan (the Sanctuary), the Mishkan of testimony, which were drawn up on Moshe’s orders …” (Shemos, Perek 38, posuk 21 — Metsudah Linear Chumash, page 579). In short, Pekudei is the accountant’s parsha, the parsha of crunching the numbers. The Sefer L’lmod […]

Parshat Vayakhel 5771: Shabbos, the Mishkan and Unity

February 17th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Vayakhel is dedicated to teaching B’nai Yisrael about Shabbos which has always, until recent times, been the unifying, defining factor of Judaism. It alludes to all else — Yishuv HaAretz, Kiddushin, etc. It symbolizes the Jew’s faith in Hashem. And the melachot involved in the construction of the Mishkan were […]

Purim Kattan: Halachic Prerogative vs Today’s Reality in Israel

February 17th, 2011

by, Moshe Burt I’ll start by departing from norm and writing this in the first-person and by asking forgiveness in advance for the absolute bleakness of this piece. But if you don’t forgive me, well — that’s okay too! But I’m gonna say what needs to be said regardless of forgiveness, and regardless of who […]

Parsha Ki Tisa 5771 — The First-Borns, The Kehunah and Bechirah

February 8th, 2011

by Moshe Burt For many years, this author has spoken or written about a posuk in Parsha Ki Tisa which alludes to an event which is recorded in Torah 40 years later, in a subsequent Parsha. The posuk being referred to (Sh’mos, Perek 30, posuk 30) says that while Moshe Rabbeinu was on Har Sinai […]

Parshat Tetzaveh 5771 — The Bigdei Kehunah, The Urim U’Tumim and Common Sense

February 3rd, 2011

by Moshe Burt In our Parsha Tetzaveh, the laws regarding the anointment, the vestments and the Avodah (service) of the Kohanim are enunciated for the Jewish people. R’ Shimshon Rafael Hirsch, z’l offers this commentary on the Kehunah and the Bigdei Kehunah (the vestments of the Kohanim) in the new Hirsch Chumash (published by Feldheim […]