Archive for September, 2011

Yom Kippur 5772: Kannoi’yim, Unity, Yom Kippur and the Galbanum of Ketores

September 27th, 2011

by Moshe Burt With thoughts focused toward Yom Kippur, our tefillot and our process of teshuvah, there is d’var Torah by the Shem Mishmuel (Sefer Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornstein, translated to English by Rabbi Zvi Belovski, pages 440-441). The thoughts expressed by the Shem Mishmuel seem particularly pertinent this Yom Kippur, with emphasis locally, […]

Bibi: Who’s Truth is “Our Truth”???

September 20th, 2011

Saw this headline in today’s Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu: It’s important that we tell ‘our truth’ at UN Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at a pre-holiday gathering for Likud members on Tuesday evening, before his scheduled trip to New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly. “I am going tonight to New York to […]

Parsha Ha’azinu 5772: Heaven and Earth — Witnesses, Guarantors of Hashem’s Covenant with Israel — Then and Now?

September 20th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Shem Mishmuel describes Ha’azinu as; A poem which Moshe Rabbeinu recited to Klal Yisrael… It discusses the uniqueness of Klal Yisrael, their future, how they should conduct themselves, how they will stray, and how Hashem will treat them mercifully. (Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornstein, Parsha Ha’azinu, pge 433) He further indicates that […]

Rosh Hashana 5772: R’Amnon, Unesaneh Tokef and How We Stack Up vs Anti-Torah Governance?

September 20th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Each Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we daven the Unesaneh Tokef as part of the Mussaf tefillah and, for a number of years, this author reiterates the background behind the Chief Rabbi of Mainz R’ Amnon and his composition of the Unesaneh Tokef. The story behind the Unesaneh Tokef tefillah (expressing the […]

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September 16th, 2011

Shalom and L’Shana Tova Friends and Subscribers; I am writing to announce that a Sponsorship program has been established regarding my (weekly) Parshiyot HaShevua and to encourage your participation as sponsors of the weekly Parshat HaShevua email. Now you can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event […]

Parshiyot Nitzavim/Vayeilech 5771: Asserting and Taking Mutual Responsibility — Key to The Ge’ula?

September 12th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Nitzavim sets the tone for this doubleheader parshiyot by opening with Moshe Rabbeinu addressing the B’nai Yisrael on the final day of his life: “Atem Nitzavim HaYom… You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your G’d…. for you to pass into the convenant of Hashem, …that Hashem… seals […]

Parsha Ki Tavo 5771 — Deep Meaning Behind Bikkurim and The Impact Of Intent in Mitzvot

September 6th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Ki Tavo opens by detailing the Halachot of Bikkurim — the first fruits which were brought to the Kohen as a thanksgiving as well as both remembrance of Pharaoh’s cruelty and Hashem’s deliverance of B’nai Yisrael from Mitzrayim to a land flowing with milk and honey. The Stone Chumash on Parsha Ki […]