Archive for July, 2013

Parshat Shoftim 5773: Justice in Judgement and Paradigm Criteria for Kingship Over Am Yisrael

July 29th, 2013

Shalom Friends; This week, our Parshat HaShevua is being sponsored by Dr. Ari and Rivka Stern of Ramat Beit Shemesh in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Chaim Tzvi. To the Stern family, many thanks for your sponsorship and continued kindnesses. You can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a […]

Blue and White Ribbon Kosher Hunter

July 28th, 2013

This video was made at the Beit Knesset Beit Tefillah Yona Avraham 8th annual Yarchei Kallah learrning in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel and 1st annual Cook-off of the bunks of Camp Landau High. It is a parody on Yahoo’s Blue Ribbon Hunter. Moshe Burt, aka DJ Accountant of Funk

Parshat R’ei 5773 — Chessed, Kindness vs the Seemingly Neverending Plight of Our Expelled Brethren

July 24th, 2013

by Moshe Burt This vort is deemed by this author as worthy of repeating with some embellishments. According to Rashi, Moshe Rabbeinu begins our Parshat R’ei by informing the B’nei Yisrael about the Brachot (blessings) and Klalot (curses) to be pronounced to them from Mount Gerizim and Mount Eval upon their entry to Eretz Yisrael. […]

Parsha Eikev 5773: The Eikev Mitzvot — Justifying B’nei Yisrael’s Plea for the Ge’ula?

July 21st, 2013

by Moshe Burt Sefer Shem Mishmuel (by R’ Shmuel Bornstein, as translated by R’ Zvi Belovski, pages 386-387) renders translation of the opening posuk of Parsha Eikev: “And it shall come to pass, if you listen to these mishpatim (ordinances) and you guard them and do them, that Hashem Ke’ilokecha will guard the convenant for […]

Parshat Va’etchanan 5773 — Consolation: Maintaining Hope, Sanctity and Elevation After Jew Expelled Jew?

July 21st, 2013

Shalom Friends; This week, our Parshat HaShevua is being sponsored by David and Julie Morris of Ramat Beit Shemesh in honor of the upcoming Chassuna of their son Shimshon Raphael to Avia Tzairi from Givat Shmuel. To the Morris family, many thanks for your sponsorship and continued kindnesses. You can celebrate a Simcha — a […]

Parshat Devarim 5773: Bridging Written and Oral Torah and Taking Back Israel

July 21st, 2013

by Moshe Burt A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near. Shem Mishmuel (Selections on the weekly parshiyot and festivals rendered to English by Rabbi Zvi Belovski) writes (page 373): This book […]

Parsha Matos/Masei 5773: The Jews’ FINALLY Accept Moshe as Hashem’s Annointed Leader and Connecting with Eretz Yisrael

July 21st, 2013

by Moshe Burt Our twin-bill Parshiyot Matos/Masei actually deals with two linked points: B’nai Yisrael’s belated unequivocal acceptance of Moshe as their Divinely Annointed Leader and with the ideal of a Jew’s love, dedication and connection with Eretz Yisrael. Parshiyot Balak and Pinchas seem to represent a watershed event in the history of B’nai Yisrael. […]