Archive for July, 2011

Devarim 5771: Bringing True Jewish Leadership and Taking Back Israel

July 27th, 2011

by Moshe Burt A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near. He explained that near the end of Sefer BaMidbar, we began to see indications, via the story of Zelafchad’s daughters, as […]

Parshat Masei 5771: The Pain of Not Possessing the Entirety of Eretz Yisrael

July 18th, 2011

by, Moshe Burt Parsha Masei opens by recapping the events of B’nai Yisrael from Yetziyat Mitzrayim (leaving Egypt), through K’riyat Yam Suf (crossing the Reed Sea) as well as their travels in Bamidbar (in the desert) over the 40 years so that the Am Yisrael will recall the trials and, hopefully, actuate the lessons learned. […]

Parshat Matos 5771: Vows and the Importance of Clarification in Learning

July 12th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Parshat Matos opens: “And Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes and to the B’nai Yisrael saying: This is the thing which Hashem has commanded. When a man vows a vow unto Hashem, or swears an oath to bind with a bond (upon) his soul, he shall not break his word; […]

Parsha Pinchas 5771: The Magnitude of the Sin Compelling Pinchas’ Zealousness

July 4th, 2011

by Moshe Burt We learned in Parsha Balak that Bila’am’s scheme to seduce Jewish men to avodah zora by way of immorality (co-habitation) resulted in a plague which killed 24,000 Jewish men until Pinchas’ act brought the plague to a halt. However, Bamidbar, Perek 25, posuk 4 and 5 read; And Hashem, said to Moshe: […]