Archive for November, 2012

Parshat Vayeishev 5773: Chanukah, Yosef, and the Contrast Between the Brothers vs Israeli Hellenists’ War of Polarization on Yiddishkeit

November 29th, 2012

by Moshe Burt With Chanukah 5773 coming in literally on the heels of Shabbos Vayeishev, we recall again a short article which appeared on the INN website entitled;”Mortar Shells Filled With Chanukah Light” (url for article no longer accessable) which told about the Menorah which Neve Dekalim residents made from some of the spent Islamic […]

Parshat Vayishlach 5773: Levado: In Our Generations — Individually, Nationally

November 21st, 2012

by Moshe Burt We learn at the end of Parsha Vayeitzei that Yaakov and his family were escorted by a group of Melachim to the border of Eretz Yisrael where a second group of melachim took over and escorted them inside Eretz Yisrael. Yaakov declared both groups to be Holy and named this border point […]

Parsha Vayeitzei 5773: Discerning Kindness From Cunning, Compassion From Cruelty L’Shem Shemayim

November 15th, 2012

by Moshe Burt In writing on Parshiyot Chayei Sarah and Toldos, this author cited Rebbetzin Shira Smiles from her sefer “Torah Tapestries” in discussing the attributes of unconditional kindness and bringing unity possessed by Rivka Imeinu and how these attributes in her merited the resumption of the Lamp burning and the Blessed Dough from Shabbos […]

Parshat Toldos 5773: “When You are Aggrieved” — If the Jews Stray from Torah and Hashem’s Ways?

November 9th, 2012

by Moshe Burt There are multiple lessons and discussions to come out of our Parshat Toldos: The Eisev paradigm of Kibud Av V’Eim (honoring one’s parents), how the childhood nurturing of Rivka Imeinu, in an atmosphere of wickedness, positioned and enabled her act l’Shem Shemayim so that the righteous child — Yaakov would receive the […]