Archive for March, 2011

Parshat Metzora 5771: Gauging the Sincerity of Individual/National Teshuvah

March 30th, 2011

by Moshe Burt In most years, our Parsha Metzora is normally the twilight side of a Torah doubleheader parsha. But this is one of those Adar Bet years where these two normally inter-related Parshiyot stand on their own. As such, this Parsha HaShevua will deal with the sincerity of an individual’s rectification of the aveirah […]

Parshat Tazria 5771: Manifestations of Ta’amei/Tahara on a Contemporary National Level

March 24th, 2011

by Moshe Burt In learning about the laws of tzara’as, we find posukim which are a pelah, a wonderment. Torah relates in our Parsha; “If the tzara’as will erupt on the skin, and … will cover the entire skin of the afflicted from his head to his feet, wherever the eyes of the Kohen can […]

Parshat Shemini 5771: Kosher, Treif and Gauging the Sincerity of the Kehal’s Service

March 15th, 2011

by Moshe Burt After learning in Parsha Tzav that for seven days, Moshe taught Aaron HaKohen and his sons the laws of their Avodah (the Kohanic Service, i.e. in the Tabernacle and later in the Beit HaMikdash — ” The Temple”) in the Mishkan, our Parsha Shemini begins by relating that on the eighth day, […]

Purim 5771: Jewish Unity in Our Times — What’s it Take?

March 13th, 2011

by Moshe Burt In writing a vort on Purim, this author keeps thinking back to a theme addressed in an earlier Siyum on Mesechta Megillah from a few years ago as well as another recurring theme on this blog. The Jew separates and distinguishes himself from the rest of the nations through the Mitzvah of […]

Parsha Tzav 5771: Jewish Constancy, or Rote, Complacency and Assimilation?

March 7th, 2011

by Moshe Burt In our Parsha, Tzav is Moshe’s command from Hashem to Aaron HaKohen and his sons to take up and clothe themselves in their Vestments, their garments of service in the Mishkan, and to begin their daily Avodah (service and offerings in the Mishkan). For seven days, Moshe taught Aaron HaKohen and his […]