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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 […]

Shavu’ot 5771: Megillat Ruth and the Impact of Actions

June 1st, 2011

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 […]

Parshat Bo 5771: Tangible Darkness, Supernal Light, and Its Message to Jews, to the Nations

December 30th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Parshat Bo is the one which, for me, annually relates to that crazy tune which played back “in the Old Country” a few decades ago, “Does Your Korbon Pesach Lose It’s Flavor Tied to the Bedpost Overnight?” (Actually, the real title to the song was “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor […]

Parsha Vayeira 5771: Stark Contrasts Between Actions of Avraham, Sodom and Israel 5771

October 15th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Our Parsha opens with Hashem, as we understand, visiting Avraham Aveinu on the 3rd day after Bris Milah, when Avraham was at the height of his pain following the circumcision, as Rashi indicates, “to inquire about his welfare.” (Metsuda Linear Chumash rendering of Rashi on Perek 18, posuk 1) It’s not like […]

Shavu’ot 5770: All-Night Learning, Megillat Ruth and Jonathan Pollard

May 14th, 2010

by Moshe Burt In reflecting on Shavu’ot and the story of Ruth, I am struck by the similarity between Ruth’s cleaving to Naomi and to Jewishness, and Jonathan Pollard’s actions on behalf of Israel and B’nai Yisrael — putting his life on the line, the price — come what may, for the survival of the […]

Parshat Bo 5770: Tangible Darkness, Supernal Light and Jonathan Pollard — Revisited

January 16th, 2010

by Moshe Burt Parshat Bo is the one which, for me, annually relates to that crazy tune which played back “in the Old Country” a few decades ago, “Does Your Korbon Pesach Lose It’s Flavor Tied to the Bedpost Overnight?” (Actually, the real title to the song was “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor […]

A Prayer on Hoshana Rabbah for Jonathan Pollard

October 8th, 2009

We learn that on Hoshana Rabbah, Hashem’s decrees upon all individuals, upon the Jewish people, and indeed on everyone in the entire world are finalized, as Rabbi Artscroll puts it, ‘delivered’ (Succot Machzor, page 645). Many Kehillot stay up all of Hoshana Rabbah night praying, saying Tehillim, learning in hopes that the finalized, ‘delivered’ decree […]

Prayers and Learning L’Zechut Jonathan Pollard During the Ten Days

September 16th, 2009

This blog first announces that, whereas, a local Beit Knesset in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef , in Israel, – Kehilla Beit Tefillah – Yona Avraham, has dedicated one Thursday night Mishmar Learning Seder L’Zechut Jonathan Pollard (Yehonoson ben Malkah) each month since January, 2009, this month’s dedicated learning will take place on Thursday night, 24 […]

State Comptroller’s Report: More Cover-up of Israeli Government Criminal Negligence Regarding Pollard

September 4th, 2009

Commentary: The months of pre-publicity regarding Israel State Comptroller Lindenstrauss’s investigation and report regarding what the government of Israel did or did not do on behalf of Jonathan Pollard were not promising and the accounts of the investigation report bear out the previous impressions. This author is not even so surprised at the sham report […]

Redeeming Jonathan Pollard: What Will YOU Say in Shemayim?

August 26th, 2009

As we enter Elul with the Chaggim; Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur 3 weeks away, our Dear Brother Jonathan Pollard remains incarcerated for going on 25 years. This Thursday night, Kehilla Beis Tefillah Yona Avraham in Ramat Beit Shemesh is again, as we have each month, dedicating a Thursday night Mishmar learning L’Zehut Yehonatan ben Malka […]