Archive for November, 2011

Parshat Vayishlach 5772: Living Up to Levado — Individually, Nationally

November 28th, 2011

by Moshe Burt We learn at the end of Parsha Vayeitzei that Yaakov and his family were escorted by a group of Melachim to the border of Eretz Yisrael where a second group of melachim took over and escorted them inside Eretz Yisrael. Yaakov declared both groups to be Holy and named this border point […]

Parsha Vayeitzei 5772: Distinguishing Compassion and Cruelty L’Shem Shemayim

November 22nd, 2011

by Moshe Burt In writing on Parshiyot Chayei Sarah and Toldos, this author cited Rebbetzin Shira Smiles from her sefer “Torah Tapestries” in discussing the attributes of unconditional kindness and bringing unity possessed by Rivka Imeinu and how these attributes in her merited the resumption of the Lamp burning and the Blessed Dough from Shabbos […]

Parsha Toldos 5772: False Perceptions Vs Hashem’s Will — Then and Now?

November 14th, 2011

by Moshe Burt In considering Avraham Avinu’s passing and his son Yitzchak’s aveilut (mourning) of his Father’s passing, there seem to be a number of burning questions which beg to be asked concerning the relationship between Yitzchak and Eisev. In understanding that Eisev was largely able to camouflage his evil behind his ability to honor […]

Parsha Chayei Sarah 5772: Unconditional Kindness and Passing the Torch

November 8th, 2011

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens by giving Sarah Imeinu’s age upon her death: “Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years: the years of Sarah’s life.” (Sefer Breish’t, Perek 23, posuk 1) Why was it necessary to break the 127 years into 3 sections rather than to merely say, as rendered […]