Archive for August, 2012

Parsha Ki Tavo 5772: Tachanon, Hashem’s 13 Attributes of Mercy and the Blessings and Curses

August 31st, 2012

by Moshe Burt That these Parshiyot HaShevua are seen online via this blog, sent out to email lists of subscribers and ocassionally posted on Israel National News, it’s inevitable that this author would receive inquiries both about a vort itself, as well as about other related topics. It is in this spirit, that this author […]

Parsha Ki Tavo 5772 — Bikkurim: Thanksgiving and Remembrance, and The Impact Of Intent in Mitzvot

August 28th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Ki Tavo opens by detailing the Halachot of Bikkurim — the first fruits which were brought to the Kohen as a thanksgiving as well as both remembrance of Pharaoh’s cruelty and Hashem’s deliverance of B’nai Yisrael from Mitzrayim to a land flowing with milk and honey. The Stone Chumash on Parsha Ki […]

Parsha Ki Teitsei 5772: Collective Kindness, Unity and Responsibility vs Acquiescense to Evil

August 22nd, 2012

by Moshe Burt Parsha Ki Teitsei teaches numerous Mitzvot such as; returning lost items to their rightful owners, loaning money to one’s fellow Jew free from interest, what one is permitted to or prohibited from taking from another Jew as loan security, Shatnes (wool and linen together), Tzitzit, and dealing fairly and truthfully with one’s […]

Parshat Shoftim 5772: Justice in Judgement or, Sgt. Friday’s “The Facts… Just the Facts”

August 15th, 2012

by Moshe Burt The third posuk of our Parsha reads; “Tzedek, Tzedek tierdof…” Righteousness, righteousness (also rendered Justice, Justice) you shall pursue that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord, your G’d gives you.” (Sefer Devarim, Perek 16, posuk 20) This posuk follows immediately after the opening of our Parsha in which […]

Parshat R’ei 5772 — The Kindness and Perceptiveness of Chessed vs the Neverending Plight of Our Expelled Brethren

August 8th, 2012

by Moshe Burt According to Rashi, Moshe Rabbeinu begins our Parsha R’ei by informing the B’nei Yisrael about the blessing and the curse to be pronounced to them from Mount Gerizim and Mount Eval upon their entry to Eretz Yisrael. Moshe Rabbeinu continues his mussar saying: “Behold, I set before you … a blessing and […]

Parsha Eikev 5772: Performannce of the Under-rated Eikev Mitzvot?

August 2nd, 2012

by Moshe Burt Sefer Shem Mishmuel (by R’ Shmuel Bornstein, as translated by R’ Zvi Belovski, pages 386-387) renders translation of the opening posuk of Parsha Eikev: “And it shall come to pass, if you listen to these mishpatim (ordinances) and you guard them and do them, that Hashem Ke’ilokecha will guard the convenant for […]