Archive for April, 2011

Parsha Emor 5771: The Kohanic Paradigm of Purity, and Little-Known Eligibility Cases

April 27th, 2011

by Moshe Burt The positioning in Torah of our Parsha Emor, following last week’s Parsha Kedoshim gives rise to thought and contemplation. In the previous 2 twin Parshas; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim, and Tazria and Metzora before them, we learn about the Kohen as the only one Divinely invested with ruling as to Tumah or […]

Parshat Kedoshim 5771: The Jewish Nation – Unity, Protexia or Me First and Only?

April 20th, 2011

by Moshe Burt One of the main themes underlying Parsha Kedoshim is the loving care with which each Jew is to treat his Jewish brother. Indeed, we see that the first posuk of our Parsha conveys that spirit, “Hashem spoke to Moshe saying, “Speak to the entire assembly of B’nai Yisrael and say to them: […]

Dayenu 5771: Taking the Korban Pesach; Its Contemporary Sequels in Kindness, Emunah?

April 7th, 2011

by Moshe Burt This year will mark sixeen years, and my thirteenth Pesach in Eretz Yisrael, in which I have emailed, as it has become tradition with me from prior to my Aliyah, the rendition of Dayenu quoted from the book “Dear Brothers.” In each year, Dayenu holds a unique perspective, unlike the perspective of […]

Parshat Acharei Mos 5771: The Kohen Gadol’s Clothing of National Atonement

April 4th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Parshiyot Acharei Mos and Kedoshim are normally what baseball fans refer to as another of the “doubleheader” parshiyot — but not in this year of 2 Adars. And just as Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora are extensions of each other, visa vi Tumah and Ta’Hara regarding post-birth, regarding skin, hair, clothing or regarding […]