Archive for October, 2012

Parsha Chayei Sarah 5773: Why Hevron’s Ma’arot HaMachpela for Sarah Imeinu’s Burial Place?

October 31st, 2012

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens by giving Sarah Imeinu’s age upon her death: “Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years: the years of Sarah’s life.” (Sefer Breish’t, Perek 23, posuk 1) Why was it necessary to break the 127 years into 3 sections rather than to merely say, as rendered […]

Parsha Vayeira 5773: Prayer and Avraham, vs Israel and Chutz L’Aretz in Our Times

October 25th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens with Hashem, as we understand, visiting Avraham Aveinu on the 3rd day after Bris Milah, when Avraham was at the height of his pain following the circumcision, as Rashi indicates, “to inquire about his welfare.” (Metsuda Linear Chumash rendering of Rashi on Perek 18, posuk 1). It’s not like […]

Parshat Lech Lecha 5773: Avraham Avinu’s Search for Hashem, Our Creator and What It Means Today?

October 18th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Midrashim tell how Avraham Avinu deduced at an early age that Hashem was the Creater and Ruler of the world. He tried worshipping the earth, the rain, the sun, the moon, etc. but deduced that not one of these forces regulated the world and that: There must be a higher intelligence directing […]

Parshat Noach 5773: “Chamas”, Compromised Principles, Perceived “Larger Cheshbonot” Revisited

October 9th, 2012

by Moshe Burt There is a Midrash Says at the end of Parsha Breish’t (pages 78-80) which is prelude to No’ach (pronounced No’akh) and the Mabul. It speaks about Hashem, as it were, Bemoaning His Making of man. The Melachim say to Hashem that they would do far better than man and would sanctify Hashem’s […]

Simchat Torah and Parshiyot V’zot HaBracha – Breish’t 5773: Completion and New Beginnings; The Continuim of Torah

October 4th, 2012

by Moshe Burt Somehow, not being rabbinic or a Talmud Chacham, it has always seemed difficult to put a true and deep meaning of Hashem’s creation to words to express the continuim of the end and the beginning of Torah. Shem Mishmuel concludes a vort on V’zos HaBracha this way; Let us propose that these […]