Archive for March, 2012

Rav Hirsch z”l, the B’nai Yisrael and “Being There” at the Pesach Seder

March 31st, 2012

Shalom and Chag Same’ach Friends; This Author has been very into R’ Shimson Rafael Hirsch z”l as is evident from citings from the new Hirsch Chumash (published by Feldheim in 2005 and translated to English by Rabbi Daniel Haberman) included my various Parshiyot HaShavua’s. Have also been learning R’ Hirsch’s “Nineteen Letters”, translated with commentary […]

Dayenu 5772: That “Being There” Feeling at the Pesach Seder

March 24th, 2012

by, Moshe Burt This year will mark seventeen years, and my fourteenth Pesach in Eretz Yisrael, in which I have emailed, as it has become tradition with me from prior to my Aliyah, the rendition of Dayenu quoted from the book “Dear Brothers.” In each year, Dayenu holds a unique perspective, unlike the perspective of […]

Parsha Tzav 5772: The Jewish Mold of Constancy; or Rote, Complacency and Assimilation?

March 19th, 2012

by Moshe Burt In our Parsha, Tzav is Moshe’s command from Hashem to Aaron HaKohen and his sons to take up and clothe themselves in their Vestments, their garments of service in the Mishkan, and to begin their daily Avodah (service and offerings in the Mishkan). For seven days, Moshe taught Aaron HaKohen and his […]

Parsha Vayikra 5772: Moshe’s Paradigm in Distinguishing True, Strong, Yet Humble Leaders From Frauds

March 13th, 2012

by Moshe Burt The first word of our parsha; Vayikra is the source of much discussion as to why the word ends with a small “aleph” and tells much about Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of principle, integrity and his standard of leadership of B’nei Yisrael. R’ Shimshon Rafael Hirsch, z’l in the new Hirsch Chumash (published […]

Parsha Vayikra 5772A: Happiness and Bringing or “Taking” an Offering to Hashem

March 13th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Rabbi Pliskin in “Growth Through Torah” (Perek 1, posuk 2, page 235) renders this translation and cites Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch regarding the posuk immediately following the opening posuk and the dialogue between Hashem and Moshe Rabbeinu regarding the small alef in “Vayikra”: “When a person of you brings an offering to […]

Parshat Vayakhel, Pekudei 5772: Shabbos, the Mishkan, Unity and the Paradigm Leader

March 7th, 2012

by Moshe Burt The word Vayakhel — Assembling together of Kol B’nai Yisrael, introduces the building of the Mishkan (Tent of Meeting), the forerunner of the Beit HaMikdash, which would serve as a kappara (atonement) for the Eigel Zahav (Golden Calf). Our parsha opens by teaching B’nai Yisrael about Shabbos which has always, until recent […]

Purim 5772: Jewish Unity in Our Times — Are We Capable of It?

March 4th, 2012

by Moshe Burt In writing a vort on Purim, this author keeps thinking back to a theme addressed in an earlier Siyum on Mesechta Megillah from a few years ago as well as another recurring theme on this blog. The Jew separates and distinguishes himself from the rest of the nations through the Mitzvah of […]