Archive for July, 2012

Parshat Va’etchanan 5772 — Consolation: Maintaining Hope After Jew Expelled Jew?

July 25th, 2012

by Moshe Burt The Haftorah for our Parsha begins: “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami yomar Elokeichem” — “Comfort, comfort my people — says your G’d.” (Yishaiya, 40:1) This sentiment seems to be silent, but yet a theme of Parsha Va’etchanan. In the beginning of Parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu recalls for the B’nai Yisrael how he entreated Hashem for […]

Parshat Devarim 5772: Why We are Here and Taking Back Israel

July 19th, 2012

by Moshe Burt A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near. We learned from last week’s doubleheader Parshiyot Matos/Masei that the B’nai Yisrael learns that Moshe would not be leading the B’nai […]

Parsha Matos/Masei 5772: The Jews Finally Accept Moshe as Hashem’s Annointed Leader — Why Only Now?

July 13th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Parshiyot Balak and Pinchas seem to represent a watershed event in the history of B’nai Yisrael. As noted, 1/3 of B’nai Yisrael died either by the hand of the Judges, or by way of the plague which struck some 24,000 jewish men who partook in the Midianite/Moabite bazaar. It couldn’t have gotten […]

Parsha Pinchas 5772: About the Magnitude of the Sin Compelling Pinchas’ Zealousness

July 6th, 2012

by Moshe Burt We learned in Parsha Balak that Bila’am’s scheme to seduce Jewish men to avodah zora by way of immorality (co-habitation) resulted in a plague which killed 24,000 Jewish men until Pinchas’ act brought the plague to a halt. However, Bamidbar, Perek 25, posuk 4 and 5 read; And Hashem, said to Moshe: […]