Archive for June, 2013

Parshat Pinchas 5773: About the Magnitude of the Sin Compelling Pinchas’ Zealousness — Then and Now

June 18th, 2013

by Moshe Burt We learned near the end of Parsha Balak that Bila’am’s scheme to seduce Jewish men to avodah zora by way of immorality (co- habitation) resulted in a plague which killed 24,000 Jewish men until Pinchas’ act brought the plague to a halt. However, Bamidbar, Perek 25, posuk 4 and 5 read; And […]

Parshat HaShevua Sponsorships

June 13th, 2013

Shalom Friends: I’m writing to invite all of you to sponsor a Parshat HaShevua, like this one, on the weekly Torah portion. Sponsorships are offered so that you can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event in your life, or commemorate a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, […]

Parsha Balak 5773: Historical Parallels — Today’s Bila’ams, and Motivations for Toleration of Evil in the Camp

June 13th, 2013

Shalom Friends; This week, our Parshat HaShevua is being sponsored by Avraham and Miriam Deutsch of Efrat in honor of Kol Am Yisrael — Am Yisrael Chai! To the Deutsch family, many thanks for your continued kindnesses. You can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event in […]

Parshat Chukas 5773: The Parah Adumah and Rachel Imeinu’s Prayers for Divine Compassion

June 9th, 2013

by Moshe Burt The Midrash Says, by Rabbi Moshe Weissman writes regarding Parsha Chukas (Sefer Bamidbar, pages 245-247): There are numerous examples of chukim…. Since they contain apparently contradictory elements, they are liable to be ridiculed by a rational thinker. The Torah advises the Jew to tell himself, It’s a chok; I have no right […]