Parsha Vayikra 5769: The Motivations Separating True Leaders From Frauds

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By Moshe Burt

The first word of our parsha; Vayikra begs discussion of why the small “aleph” in Vayikra, and tells much about Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of principle, integrity and his standard of leadership of B’nei Yisrael.

We are told how Hashem, Kav’yochal, would call gently, affectionately
“Moshe, Moshe” in a voice for Moshe Rabbeinu’s ears only and Moshe would respond “Here I am.” (Rashi on Perek 1, posuk 1 Metsuda Linear Chumash & Rashi with footnotes)  [...]  Click here to read more.

Ramon: Terrorist Prisoner Demands = Ultimatum for Israeli Capitulation

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Commentary:

Here’s anoutrage which should NOT pass from the Jewish scene unnoticed.

The Daily Alert, prepared by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, posts that according to Minister Haim Ramon; Hamas prisoner demands constitute an ultimatum for Israeli surrender in a translation of a Voice of Israel Radio-Hebrew report:

Israeli Minister Haim Ramon, a member of the Ministerial Committee on Security Prisoners, told Israel Radio Thursday that Hamas did not negotiate over the release of prisoners but rather presented an ultimatum for Israeli capitulation. [...]  Click here to read more.

Senior Security Official Gilad: “Hamas, Hezbollah Can’t be Trusted” — Anything New Under the Sun?

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Commentary:

How long will the Jewish people tolerate this vicious cycle of repetition? What is new in Amos Gilad’s comments that we do not already know and which we have not heard adnausium countless times before? Didn’t we know that Hamas can’t be trusted before Operation Cast Lead? Didn’t we know Hezbollah’s shtick before the Lebanon conflict 2 years ago? Yet, rather than displaying her earlier self-reliance such as in the Six-Day War, the Entebbe rescue and the bombing of the Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor site, Israel continues entering into truces and ceasefires with enemies who nullify agreements at their convenience and continues to abrogate her security to third party nations and the UN. What will it take for the Jewish people to demand; with their votes, feet and bodies, a faith-based governance and a return to the self-reliance which comes with doing the right Jewish thing and relying on Hashem, rather than on third party nations, “superpowers” or the UN? MB [...]  Click here to read more.

Monday Night, Tuesday War News: Gaza Rocket Attack on Eshkol Region; Explosion in Herzliya Via Concealed Explosive Device — Terrorists?, Rock and Molotov Attacks in Yesha, 16 Terrorists Nabbed, Police Foil Terror Hit-and-Run

Shabbos, Sunday War News: 5-6 Terror Rockets Launched on South Israel; Regime Admits to UPI — Terrorist Arsenal of 50,000 Rockets and No Defense; Terrorists Nabbed Pistol and Knifes, Arab Thief Killed by Police in Jerusalem

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Commentary:

Could there be a connection between Israel’s weak, lame or non-existent responses to continued Gaza rocket fire and the combined arsenal of nearly 50,000 rockets possessed by Hamas and Hezbollah and Israel’s lack of an anti-rocket defense system? Could it be that this immense arsenal is mainly the result of smuggled materials which enter Gaza and southern Lebanon right under the noses of UN and/or Egyptian forces due to Israel’s abrogation of her national sovereignty, her right to win a war and to eradicate terror as well as abrogation of her defense and security to third parties — often hostile nations? Will the US, Canada and seven European states’ agreement, soo lauded by Israel’s government, to coordinate efforts to stop the flow of weapons into Gaza make any difference?  [...]  Click here to read more.

Parshiyot Vayakhel, Pekudei: Leadership, Accountability and Transparency, Paradigm for National Unity

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by Moshe Burt

The terms leadership, accountability and transparency have often been bandied about in contemporary Medinat Yisrael where dedication, diligence and overiding concern for the welfare of the Kahal have often been wanting as compared with the influence, enrichment, protexia and political agendization of the few, the priviledged, the elitists.

Our Parsha Vayakhel is dedicated to teaching B’nai Yisrael about Shabbat which has always, until recent times, been the unifying, defining factor of Judaism. It alludes to all else — Yishuv HaAretz, Kiddushin, etc. It symbolizes the Jew’s faith in Hashem. The parsha begins by stating that “Moshe assembled the entire congregation of B’nai Yisrael…” (Perek 35, Posuk 1) However, Torah’s loshen (language) “Adat B’nai Yisrael”, in the context of learning the laws of Shabbos as related to the construction of the Mishkan, seems to indicate a unity, as one, amongst the Assembly of the B’nai Yisrael. [...]  Click here to read more.

Friday War News: At Least 5 Terror Rockets Hit South Israel — No Response, Verbal or Otherwise; IDF Nabs 3 Terrorists, PA Releases 45 Hamas, Shooting, Firebombing and Stoning Attacks

Sunday War News: MI: Iran Can Produce Nuke, 4 Kassams Strike South as Olmert Blasts Barak, IAF Hits Gaza Munitions Factory, Smuggling Tunnels; Stoning Near Jewish Hevron, 4 Terrorists Nabbed

Parsha Ki Tisa 5769 — Torah Principle, Immoral Law and Peer Group Pressure

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By Moshe Burt

For many years, since 1991 when Parsha Ki Tisa marked my son Philip’s Bar Mitzvah, I have spoken or written about a posuk in our Parsha which alludes to an event which is recorded in Torah 40 years later, in a subsequent Parsha.

The posuk being referred to (Sh’mos, Perek 30, posuk 30) says that while Moshe Rabbeinu was on Har Sinai being given Torah, Hashem said;

“You shall anoint Aaron and his sons and sanctify them to minister (to serve) me.”

This seemingly obscure posuk which pops up in a couple of slightly different forms in both Parsha Tetzaveh and in our Parsha raises a challenging question which cuts to the chase of what we continue to face today. The question is; what about that Pinchas Ben Elazar? Why was he not anointed as a Kohen with his brothers?  [...]  Click here to read more.

Shabbos War News: Five Gaza Rockets Fired at Israel, IAF Responds Hitting Terrorist Smuggling Tunnel, Terrorist Rocket Launcher; Rock Attacks Near Beersheva, Kalkilya