Parshat Va’era 5772: Reconnecting the Disconnection From Jewish Power Sources — Then and Now

by Moshe Burt

At the conclusion of Parsha Shemos, Moshe and Aaron are confronted, upon exiting Pharoah’s Palace, by the B’nai Yisrael who are in deeper despair than before because of the increased workload, i.e. finding their own straw while the quotas remain the same, which resulted from Pharoah’s fury at Moshe’s first effort to secure their freedom and exit from Mitzrayim.

Our Parsha begins with the dialogue which Moshe Rebbeinu has with Hashem prior to again speaking to the B’nai Yisrael. And so, after Hashem rebukes Moshe for his complaint and reassures him that redemption is at hand, Moshe again addresses the B’nai Yisrael as to his meeting with Pharoah; [...]  Click here to read more.

Bibi: Who’s Truth is “Our Truth”???

Saw this headline in today’s Jerusalem Post:

Netanyahu: It’s important that we tell ‘our truth’ at UN

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at a pre-holiday gathering for Likud members on Tuesday evening, before his scheduled trip to New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly.

“I am going tonight to New York to speak at the UN and meet with [US President Barack] Obama,” he said.

“It’s important to go there and tell our truth as a people who want peace and have been attacked so many times,” Netanyahu continued.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Rosh Hashana 5772: R’Amnon, Unesaneh Tokef and How We Stack Up vs Anti-Torah Governance?

by Moshe Burt

Each Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we daven the Unesaneh Tokef as part of the Mussaf tefillah and, for a number of years, this author reiterates the background behind the Chief Rabbi of Mainz R’ Amnon and his composition of the Unesaneh Tokef.

The story behind the Unesaneh Tokef tefillah (expressing the seriousness of the day) relates to the Gezeira Rah (evil decree) of forced conversion to Christianity which was faced by R’ Amnon of Mainz and his Kehilla roughly 1,000 years ago, as related in both the Artscroll Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Machzorim (Artscroll Rosh Hashana Machzor, pages 476-478). [...]  Click here to read more.

Obama’s Cairo Speech, Policies and the Jews

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Commentary:

I am dispensing with the 3rd person “this author” on this one. America’s president Barack Hussein Obama has made his Cairo speech. Aside from the questions of what it’s decipherings, implications and deeper meanings and analysis could mean to Israel and to the Jewish world, the question is; What Should Hussein Obama’s Cairo ingratiation to Islam mean to a Jewish state of Israel, to a real Jewish governance, and to the Jewish world?

What I see Obama’s speech meaning is that at long last, Israel must once and for all be weaned off the bosom of slavery to American aid and American approval. What it shows is that Israel MUST shake mentality of dependence (thus enslavement) and return to self-reliance of her modern-day-statehood-founding and of her Six-Day War resourceness — with home-bred talent, ingenuity and self-reliance which goes along with it, as well as reliance upon Hashem. What it proves is what I have been writing for years, that Jews are obligated to but One Ultimate Authority — Hashem in Shemayim. And when earthly Jewish leaders are NOT L’shem Shemayim, but are about L’shem their own self-interests, agendas, prejudices, their own self-enrichment and self-aggrandisement, self-affectionation and self-perpetuation of their own power and influence; they are clearly not worthy to lead the B’nai Yisrael. That is what sets apart Moshe Rabbeinu, Aaron HaKohen and certain other select Jewish leaders down through history from the Yudenrat: Real Leaders vs Corrupt, Evil Pretenders. If Jews and Jewish leadership act like Jews, then we are impervious to the Obamas, Clintons or, you name it srom successive previous American governments, [...]  Click here to read more.

Vilna’i: All Israel in Range of Hamas, Hezbollah Rockets

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Commentary:

Boker Tov Am Yisrael! As if Vilna’i’s warning should come as any great shock to anyone with eyes, ears or a functioning brain in their head. But it just boggles the mind how the typical Yosef Q. Israeli doesn’t have his back up at the mal-feasance and non-feasance of successive governments, including Netanyahu, who have sat back, equivocating, voting to make parts of Jewish land Yudenrein and letting this state of affairs come to be. Frankly, this Jew is more than a litle tired of excuses, expressions like “ein ma’alasot”
(nothing can be done), or “I’m too tired to fight, too tired to win.”  [...]  Click here to read more.

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.

Peace House Eviction: “Shame on us, the Public, for Not Raising… to Prevent it.”

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Michael Freund comments on today’s Yassamnik/IDF violent eviction of Jews from their Beit HaShalom homes;

Treachery and Tyranny in Hebron, by Michael Freund (Israel National News)

“The Labor party and Kadima are both sagging in the polls, and fear that parties such as Meretz will steal their thunder and their votes.

It was an act of treachery and tyranny by a caretaker government with no mandate and no moral justification.”

Full Text;

Israel’s government today sent the security forces into Beit Shalom in Hebron and forcibly evicted its residents, despite overwhelming evidence that the building was legally purchased from its previous Arab owner. [...]  Click here to read more.

Young Soldiers Hoodwinked by Superiors to Guard During Federman Farm Pogrom

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Commentary;

Israel National News is reporting;

… That yeshiva students in the Givati Brigade took part in the military operation to destroy the Federman-Tor farm and homes three nights ago? … Senior security commanders lied to them and told them they were participating in a mission to help catch a terrorist.

Basically, IDF senior command appears to have learned a distorted lesson from the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif — to lie and deceive those subordinate to them so as to mislead them into doing immoral actions under the guise that their mission is totally different from what it actually is. MB [...]  Click here to read more.

Yassamnik Attack on Federman Home, Temple Institute Director Arrested

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Commentary;

The two news stories noted in the title of this piece may seem disparate on the surface, but they are paradigm in the systemic attempt of the Regime; the entrenched leftist, post-Zionist, political protexia, institutions and media pundits to foist and impose a credo of the “New Jew” on the masses of Israelis.

What is this credo? Yishai Fleisher of Israel National News describes it in his piece, “Proud Jew, Proud Israeli.” Pay close attention to the last paragragh of these excerpts; [...]  Click here to read more.

‘New Jews’: Neither Help Their People, Nor Fix the World…

Breach in the Dam, By Ariel Beery (Jerusalem Post)

Excerpts;

Sociologist Steven M. Cohen has observed, there has been a marked drop in the obligation young Jews feel to put their fellow Jews first: Only one-quarter of Jews aged 35 to 44 strongly believe they “have a special responsibility to take care of Jews in need around the world.”

This trend was taken to an extreme at the recent Wexner Foundation seminar for its graduate student cohort, a group hand-picked by the established Jewish community to cultivate its future leaders. The Wexner fellows ranked causes related to the Jewish community or Israel significantly lower than more general causes such as the American Jewish World Service’s efforts in Africa.  [...]  Click here to read more.