Archive for April, 2014

Parshat Behar 5774; Thoughts on Shemittoh, on Who Really Rules Eretz Yisrael and What Nation was Bequeathed Divine Sovereignty Over the Land?

April 30th, 2014

Shalom Friends; This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Behar is being sponsored by David and Julie Morris L’ilui Nishmas for the Yahrtzeit of Julie’s Mother Shulamit Devorah bat Rav Shimshon Raphael z”l and for Refuah Shlaima L’Cholei Yisrael. To the Morris family, many thanks for your sponsorship and for your continued kindnesses through the years. […]

Parshat Emor 5774: The Kohanim: Paradigm of Spiritual Unity Service, Chessed, Purity — for Am Yisrael, and All Mankind

April 24th, 2014

Parshat Emor 5774: The Kohanim: Paradigm of Spiritual Unity Service, Chessed, Purity — for Am Yisrael, and All Mankind by Moshe Burt The positioning in Torah of our Parsha Emor, following last week’s Parsha Kedoshim gives rise to thought and contemplation. In the previous 2 twin Parshas; Acharei Mos and Kedoshim, and Tazria and Metzora […]

Parshat Kedoshim 5774: Carrying Out Hashem’s Command — By Outreach, Heartfelt Criticism, or By Coercion, Sinat Chinom?

April 21st, 2014

Shalom Friends; This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Kedoshim is being co-sponsored by Daniel & Ami Michaels L’ilui Nishmas for the Yahrtzeit of Daniel’s grandfather: Yoel Me’ir ben Yitzchak z”l, as well as by R’ Moshe & Jesica Myers L’ilui Nishmas for the Yahrtzeit of Moshe’s Dad: Shlomo Hersch/Tzvi ben Yaakov z”l. To our co-sponsors, […]

Dayenu 5774: “Being There” at the Pesach Seder and Remembering, Respecting Our Brethren — Then and Now

April 8th, 2014

Shalom Friends; Our Pesach vort is being sponsored anonymously Lilui Nishmas for the Yahrtzeit of Chana Yenta bat R’ Ze’ev. To our anonymous donor, many thanks for your sponsorship and for your continued kindnesses. You can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event in your life, or […]

Parshat Acharei Mos 5774: Torah’s Standard of Elevating the Jew Above the Nations and Above Animals

April 2nd, 2014

Parshat Acharei Mos 5774: Torah’s Standard of Elevating the Jew Above the Nations and Above Animals by Moshe Burt Parshiyot Acharei Mos and Kedoshim are normally what baseball fans refer to as another of the “doubleheader” parshiyot. But this is one of those years of both Adar א (Alef) and Adar ב (Bet), so the […]