Archive for April, 2012

Sefer Torah Poster for Sponsorship of Parshat HaShevua

April 30th, 2012

Sponsors of a Parshat HaShevua for $200 or more will receive a framable Sefer Torah Poster which they can hang in their home, or give as a gift. Contact this author at: for more details. Below is a 3-column sample of the Sefer Torah poster.

Parsha Behar 5772; Thoughts on Shemittoh, and Who Really Rules Eretz Yisrael?

April 29th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Rashi asks a critical question on the very first posukim of our Parsha: “Hashem spoke to Moshe on Har Sinai, saying: Speak to the B’nai Yisrael, and say to them: When you come to the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Shabbat to Hashem.” (Parsha Behar, Vayikra […]

Parshat Emor 5772: The Kohanim as a Paradigm of Chessed Purity

April 21st, 2012

by Moshe Burt The positioning in Torah of our Parsha Emor, following last week’s Parsha Kedoshim gives rise to thought and contemplation. In the previous 2 twin Parshas; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim, and Tazria and Metzora before them, we learn about the Kohen as the only one Divinely invested with ruling as to Tumah or […]

Parshiyot Acharei Mos/Kedoshim 5772: The Kohen Gadol’s Clothing of National Atonement and Paradigm

April 16th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Parshiyot Acharei Mos and Kedoshim are normally what baseball fans refer to as another of the “doubleheader” parshiyot. And just as Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora are extensions of each other, visa vi Tumah and Ta’Hara regarding post-birth, regarding skin, hair, clothing or regarding one’s home or building; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim are […]

Parshiyot Tazria/Metzora 5772: Today’s Gauge of National Level Ta’amei/Tahara and Genuine Contrition

April 11th, 2012

by Moshe Burt In learning about the laws of tzara’as, we find posukim which are a pelah, a wonderment. Torah relates in Parsha Tazria; “If the tzara’as will erupt on the skin, and … will cover the entire skin of the afflicted from his head to his feet, wherever the eyes of the Kohen can […]

Parshat Shemini 5772: Discerning Kosher from Treif, and the Sincerity of One’s Service

April 6th, 2012

by Moshe Burt After learning in Parsha Tzav that for seven days, Moshe taught Aaron HaKohen and his sons the laws of their Avodah (the Kohanic Service, i.e. in the Tabernacle and later in the Beit HaMikdash — ” The Temple”) in the Mishkan, our Parsha Shemini begins by relating that on the eighth day, […]