Archive for October, 2011

Parsha Vayeira 5772: Prayer and Stark Contrasts Between Actions of Avraham, Sodom, and Israel in 5772

October 31st, 2011

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens with Hashem, as we understand, visiting Avraham Aveinu on the 3rd day after Bris Milah, when Avraham was at the height of his pain following the circumcision, as Rashi indicates, “to inquire about his welfare.” (Metsuda Linear Chumash rendering of Rashi on Perek 18, posuk 1) It’s not like […]

Parshat Lech Lecha 5772: Avraham Avinu, Jonathan Pollard and Selfless Chesed L’Shem Shemayim

October 24th, 2011

by Moshe Burt This author was once on a roll in a friend’s Succah the night of the Yom Tov. During the seven days of Succot, we speak each day about one of the Seven Holy Men (Ushpizin) commemorated — Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Moshe, Aaron, Yosef and King David. In honor of Parshat Lech Lecha, […]

Parshat Noach 5772: “Chamas” and Compromised Principles, Perceived “Larger Cheshbonot”

October 18th, 2011

by Moshe Burt There is a Midrash Says at the end of Parsha Breish’t (pages 78-80) which is prelude to No’ach and the Mabul. It speaks about Hashem, as it were, Bemoaning His Making of man. The Melachim say to Hashem that they would do far better than man and would sanctify Hashem’s Name. So […]

Parshiyot V’zot HaBracha – Breish’t 5772: Completion and New Beginnings; The Torah Continuim

October 11th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Somehow, not being rabbinic or a Talmud Chacham, it has always seemed difficult to put a true and deep meaning of Hashem’s creation to words to express the continuim of the end and the beginning of Torah. Shem Mishmuel concludes a vort on V’zos HaBracha this way; Let us propose that these […]

Succot 5772: Revisited: Moshiach, Redemption — Are We Systemically Programmed for Personal, Collective Success or Failure?

October 4th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Having emerged from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and, hopefully we have all been inscribed and sealed for a happy, healthy, successful and meaningful year and years ahead, we find ourselves in the midst of Succot. During Succot, the B’nai Yisrael, as an Am Segula (a nation apart and unique from the […]