Archive for June, 2012

Parsha Balak 5772: Historical Parallels and Motivations for Toleration of Evil in the Camp

June 28th, 2012

by Moshe Burt We learn in our Parsha, that after having utterly failed to bring Hashem to curse B’nai Yisrael, Bila’am left Balak with a scheme to seduce Jewish men to avodah zora by way of immorality (co-habitation), thus evoking Hashem’s wrath. The resultant plague killed 24,000 Jewish men and was only ended by Pinchas’ […]

Parshat Chukas 5772: Revisiting The Parah Adumah and Rachel Imeinu’s Tefillot

June 21st, 2012

by Moshe Burt The Midrash Says, by Rabbi Moshe Weissman writes regarding Parsha Chukas (Sefer Bamidbar, pages 245-247): There are numerous examples of chukim…. Since they contain apparently contradictory elements, they are liable to be ridiculed by a rational thinker. The Torah advises the Jew to tell himself, It’s a chok; I have no right […]

Parshat Korach 5772: Real Jewish Leadership, vs Political Grasshopper Mentality

June 14th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Parsha Korach may seem to the reader to be a logical continuation of Parsha Shelach as it would seem very much that Korach and his attempted power grab is a logical after-affect, a consequence of the denial of Eretz Yisrael by 10 of the 12 miraglim (spies). In fact, Yehuda Nachshoni’s “Studies […]

Parsha Shelach 5772: Distorted Modern-Day Shelach and the Divine Incumbency of Dwelling in Eretz Yisrael

June 6th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Shelach brings to mind the evolution of Israel’s political governmental scene today, particularly in light of last week’s Knesset vote-down, and abandonment by many herteofore supporters, of legislation which would have legalized, retroactively, previously governmentally approved construction in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El and in other locations. That such […]