Archive for June, 2011

Parsha Balak 5771: Historical Parallels — Toleration of Evil in the Camp: Then and Now

June 28th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Sefer Shem Mishmuel, translated to English by Rabbi Zvi Belovski (page 347), relates that: While journeying to meet …Balak, with the intention of cursing the …Jewish nation, …Bila’am had difficulties with his donkey. The animal kept stopping [or straying off of the path], frightened by an angel that Bila’am was unable to […]

Parshat Chukas 5771: The Parah Adumah and Rachel Imeinu’s Tefillot

June 21st, 2011

by Moshe Burt The Midrash Says, by Rabbi Moshe Weissman writes regarding Parsha Chukas (Sefer Bamidbar, pages 245-247): There are numerous examples of chukim…. Since thet contain apparently contradictory elements, they are liable to be ridiculed by a rational thinker. The Torah advises the Jew to tell himself, It’s a chok; I have no right […]

Parshat Korach 5771: Faith-Based and Merited Leadership, vs Protexia and Political Cheshbonot?

June 14th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Parsha Korach may seem to the reader to be a logical continuation of Parsha Shelach as it would seem very much that Korach and his attempted power grab is a logical after-affect, a consequence of the denial of Eretz Yisrael by 10 of the 12 miraglim (spies). In fact, Yehuda Nachshoni’s “Studies […]

Parsha Shelach 5771: Distorted Modern-Day Shelach: The Perfect “Out” for Severing the Bond

June 9th, 2011

by Moshe Burt In observing the evolution of Israel’s political governmental scene today, this author’s memories harken back to one Yom Nora’im (High Holidays) the late-1980s in Philadelphia, in the years just prior to becoming Ba’al Teshuva. The conservative synagogue attended for Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur had a practice of bringing in a young […]

Parsha Beha’aloscha 5771 — Trickle-Up Leadership: Mirror Reflection of Us and Our Tefillot?

June 1st, 2011

by Moshe Burt Commentators discussing our Parsha speak about the reasons for the separate section delineated by the inverted “nuns”: “When the Aron (the Ark) would journey, Moshe said, ‘Arise Hashem, and let your foes be scattered, let those who hate you flee from before you.’ And when it rested, he would say, ‘Reside tranquilly, […]

Shavu’ot 5771: Megillat Ruth and the Impact of Actions

June 1st, 2011

by Moshe Burt The Sefer Shem Mishmuel (page 302) cites Rabbi Berachyah in Shemos Rabbah Perek 28, posuk 1: “The Tablets were six tefachim (handbreadths) long — in some sense, Hashem grasped two tefachim, Moshe grasped 2 tefachim and 2 tefachim bridged the gap between them.” Shem Mishmuel then explains (pages 302 – 304): We […]