Archive for January, 2013

Parshat Terumah 5773: The Mishkan, Terumah and the Meaning of a “Crown of a Good Name”

January 30th, 2013

Shalom Friends; This week, our Parsha HaShevua is being sponsored annonymously by an individual or organization called “The Jewish Heart.” Many thanks for your kindness. Best Regards, Moshe Burt by, Moshe Burt Back in Philadelphia, in the “old country”, R’ Moshe Ungar would speak about the Mizbeiyach in terms of both the Beit HaMikdash and […]

Parshat Mishpatim 5773: Justice, Truth in Unbaised Judgement — by Judges and by Us

January 28th, 2013

by Moshe Burt Yishai Chasidah’s Encyclopedia of Biblical Jewish Personalities (pages 306-309) provides a fitting introduction to parsha Mishpatim in citing an example of how Yithro, for whom our previous parsha was named, was positioned and merited to express insights to Moshe Rabbeinu which were crucial to the evolution of Torah’s judiciary system. Chasidah cites […]

Parshat Yithro 5773: Yithro’s True Motivation for Joining B’nai Yisrael? What It Means Today?

January 28th, 2013

by Moshe Burt We learn that when Yithro had heard all that Hashem had done for B’nai Yisrael, he left Midian with Tzippora and Moshe’s two sons and went to join with the Jews. Sefer Shemos, Perek 18, posuk 9 states “Vayichad Yithro” which Rashi renders as Yithro “rejoiced” at seeing B’nai Yisrael free of […]

Parshat Beshalach 5773: Shirat HaYam and Moshe’s Leadership Paradigm of Inspiration, Unity, Empathy: Applied Today?

January 11th, 2013

by Moshe Burt Near the end of our Parsha, we read: “And the hands of Moshe were heavy and they took a rock and placed it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Chur supported his hands, one on either side, and his hands remained an expression of trust until sunset.” (Sefer Sh’mos, […]

Parshat Bo 5773: Bris Milah, Korban Pesach and Their Message to B’nai Yisrael

January 6th, 2013

by Moshe Burt Parshat Bo is the one which, for me, annually relates to that crazy tune which played back “in the Old Country” a few decades ago, “Does Your Korbon Pesach Lose It’s Flavor Tied to the Bedpost Overnight?” (Actually, the real title to the song was “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor […]

Parshat Va’era 5773: HaKarat HaTov – Appreciation, and It’s Limits?

January 1st, 2013

by Moshe Burt In “Torah Tapestries on Sefer Shemos,” Parshat Va’era, Rebbetzin Shira Smiles’ takes up a theme (pages 13-17) concerning “Learning to Appreciate.” Rebbetzin Smiles writes: Before the first plague, blood, Hashem commanded Moshe Rabbeinu to first warn Pharoah of the impending plague…. If Hashem told Moshe to warn Pharoah that he was going […]