Archive for May, 2013

Parshat Korach 5773: What Do We Learn from the 250 Who Brought Incense and Died by Heavenly Fire?

May 29th, 2013

by Moshe Burt Yehuda Nachshoni’s “Studies in the Weekly Parsha” (pages 1032-1033) on our Parsha Korach cites Ramban’s view that the cause of the rebellions: Korach, Dasan and Aviram and the First Born’s was: The spies’ severe punishment, which brought death to the generation of the desert and plague to its princes. It [the punishment]… […]

Parsha Shelach 5773: Distorted Modern-Day Shelach, and the Divine Incumbency Behind Our Dwelling in Eretz Yisrael

May 22nd, 2013

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha Shelach brings to mind the evolution of today’s Israeli political, governmental scene. Continued governmental tolerance of Arab attacks upon Jews — near the Kotel and throughout Yehuda and the Shomron, of prohibition of Jews, even MKs, from praying at Har HaBayit (The Temple Mount), of alleged police framing of Jews […]

Parsha Beha’aloscha 5773 — Contrasting Aaron HaKohen’s Enthusiasm and Constancy, Levite Service with Our Aleinu Prayer

May 16th, 2013

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha notes: “And Aaron did so, toward the face of the Menorah he kindled the lamps, as Hashem had commanded Moshe.” (Sefer Bamidbar, Perek 8, posuk 3 translation as rendered in the Artscroll Chumash, page 775) Many commentators including Rashi and the S’fas Emes, as cited by by R’ Zelig Pliskin […]

Parshat Naso 5773: The Significance of Shevet Ephraim’s Inaugural Mishkan Offering on Shabbos

May 12th, 2013

by Moshe Burt Like last year, our Parsha Naso falls out on the Shabbos after Shavuot, and Shem Mishmuel (translated to English by Rabbi Zvi Belovski) provides commentary about one of the 12 princes — Elishama, prince of Shevet Ephraim — all of whom brought identical gifts at the inauguration of the Mishkan. Shem Mishmuel […]

Shavu’ot 5773: Megillat Ruth and the Impact of Actions L’Shem Shemayim

May 1st, 2013

by Moshe Burt The Sefer Shem Mishmuel (page 302) cites Rabbi Berachyah in Shemos Rabbah Perek 28, posuk 1: “The Tablets were six tefachim (handbreadths) long — in some sense, Hashem grasped two tefachim, Moshe grasped 2 tefachim and 2 tefachim bridged the gap between them.” Shem Mishmuel then explains (pages 302 – 304): We […]