Archive for May, 2012

Parsha Beha’aloscha 5772 — Aaron HaKohen’s Enthusiasm and Constancy and the Aleinu Prayer

May 29th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha notes: “And Aaron did so, toward the face of the Menorah he kindled the lamps, as Hashem had commanded Moshe.” (Sefer Bamidbar, Perek 8, posuk 3 translation as rendered in the Artscroll Chumash, page 775) Many commentators including Rashi and the S’fas Emes, as cited by by R’ Zelig Pliskin […]

Parshat Naso 5772: Unity, Fairness, and Honesty Between Jews; Toward Ger’im, Ba’alei Teshuva and Olim Chadashim

May 23rd, 2012

by Moshe Burt This year, our Parsha Naso falls out on the Shabbos after Shavuot, but the lessons regarding national unity as expressed by the Kohanim in the Birchat Kohanim, and fairness, honesty in dealings and interelationships between all types of Jews are pertinent for all-time, not just as paradigm for Mattan Torah. The importance […]

Parshat Bamidbar 5772: 600,000 Jewish Neshamot in Bamidbar — But What About the Levi’im?

May 16th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Bamidbar deals with the numbers crunching of the census taken “on the first of the second month, in the second year after their exodus from… Mitzriyim.” (Sefer Bamidbar, Perek 1, posuk 1) This author addressed the transference of the Kehuna (priesthood) from the first-borns to the Kohanim in vorts on […]

Parsha Bechukotai 5772: The Tochocha and Measuring a Jew’s Connection With His Home — Eretz Yisrael

May 7th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Bechukotai is but another in the series of Parshiyot usually paired with the one it preceeds as a doubleheader, in this case Parsha Behar. Therefore, yet another opportunity exists to emphasize, in another way, the connection between the Jew and Eretz Yisrael. In Parshat Behar, Hashem instills in us to […]