Archive for February, 2013

Parsha Vayikra 5773: Moshe’s Humility, Modesty, Selflessness, or Telling True, Strong, Yet Humble Leaders From Frauds

February 26th, 2013

by Moshe Burt The first word of our parsha; Vayikra is the source of much discussion as to why the word ends with a small “aleph” and tells much about Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of principle, integrity and his standard of leadership of B’nei Yisrael. R’ Shimshon Rafael Hirsch, z’l in the new Hirsch Chumash (published […]

Purim Shpiel: Does Your Korban Pesach Lose its Flavour Tied to the Bedpost Overnight

February 19th, 2013

HOT off the Presses in time for YOUR Purim Seudah:

Parshiyot Vayakhel, Pekudei 5773: Shabbos, the Mishkan, Unity and the Paradigm Leader — Lessons for Our Times

February 18th, 2013

by Moshe Burt The word Vayakhel — Assembling together of Kol B’nai Yisrael, introduces the building of the Mishkan (Tent of Meeting), the forerunner of the Beit HaMikdash, which would serve as a kappara (atonement) for the Eigel Zahav (Golden Calf). Our parsha opens by teaching B’nai Yisrael about Shabbos which has always, until recent […]

Purim 5773: Hashem’s Cure Preceded the Blow — Then and Throughout History

February 14th, 2013

by Moshe Burt This vort endeavors to deal with two insights, among at least “127 Insights into Megillat Esther” (compiled from the words of Chazal by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach of Jerusalem) which are for the most part echoed in the sefer, “Let My People Live”, by Yosef Deutsch. These two insights seem integral to the […]

Parsha Ki Tisa 5773: Hashem’s Tests and the Contrasting Actions of B’nei Yisrael and Moshe Rabbeinu

February 10th, 2013

by Moshe Burt After the event of B’nei Yisrael’s demand for a “god” resulted in the fashioning of the Egel Zahav (golden calf), Hashem seemed ready to put an end to this people (Sefer Shemos, Parsha Ki Tisa Perek 32, posukim 9 and 10): Hashem said to Moshe, “I have observed the people, and they […]

(Coalition) Rumor Has It

February 9th, 2013

. . The political satire video below is simply for fun and exposure. It really delivers no agendized message, other than to Bibi who shot himself in the foot, again (like when he dumped Moshe Feiglin before the last previous national election from his 22nd spot to an unwinnable 38th spot on Likud’s list) by […]

Parshat Tetzaveh 5773 — Linking the Kohen Godol’s Urim U’Tumim with the Balance Between Speech and Silence

February 5th, 2013

by Moshe Burt In our Parsha Tetzaveh, the laws regarding the anointment, the vestments and the Avodah (service) of the Kohanim are enunciated for the Jewish people. Moshe Rabbeinu is notably absent in our parsha. Both the laws concerning Kohanim and Moshe’s absence seem interwoven with the lesson of the delicate balance between when and […]