Parshat Eikev 5778: Eikev Mitzvot and the Importance of Expressing Appreciation to One’s Hosts

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Eikev is being sponsored by Dov and Lauren Greenberg of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated in honor of their son Moshe Yitzchak’s birthday. To the Greenberg family, many thanks for your sponsorship and for your continued kindnesses and good wishes.

You can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event in your life, or commemorate Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Succot 5777: Personal and Collective Kavanah in Prayer Vs Systemic, Engrained Habits and Imposed Time-Limits

Shalom Friends;

Our Succot vort is being sponsored by Haim and Danit Kalb and family of Ramat Beit Shemesh Lilui Nishmas the Yahrtzeit of Haim’s Grandfather Efraim ben R’ Mordechai.. To the Kalb family, 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 commemorate a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua.

Please forward to your relatives and friends and encourage them to sponsor a Parshat HaShevua. And please be in contact with me with any questions, or for further details. read more

Parshat Ki Tavo 5775: A Jew’s Continuing Cheshbon of Aliyah?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Ki Tavo is being sponsored by David and Julie Morris of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated for for a Refuah Shaleima for Chaya bat Navah, and Kol Cholei Yisrael. To the Morris family, 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 commemorate Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Parsha Eikev 5775: Real Accomplishment of Eikev Mitzvot, or Merely Going Through the Motions?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Parshat Eikev is being sponsored by Ari and Rifka Stern of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated for the success of their children in all their endeavors. To the Stern family, many thanks for your sponsorship and for your continued kindnesses and good wishes.

You can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event in your life, or commemorate Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring (or as the case may be, co-sponsoring) a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Parshat Pinchas 5775: A Fine Legal Point?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Pinchas is being sponsored by Avraham and Miriam Deutsch of Efrat in honor of our brave chayalim. To the Deutsch family, 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 commemorate Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring (or as the case may be, co-sponsoring) a Parshat HaShevua.

Please forward to your relatives and friends and encourage them to sponsor a Parshat HaShevua. And please be in contact with me with any questions, or for further details. read more

Parshat Emor 5775: The Kohanim: Paradigm of Spiritual Unity, Constancy of Service, Chessed, Truth Purity — for Am Yisrael, and All Mankind

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Emor is being co-sponsored by R’ Mordechai & Gila Bernstein who wish a full, complete refuah shleima for Chaim Yechiel ben Malka (Rothman), and Aron and Vered Cohen of Ramat Beit Shemesh. The Cohens dedicate their co-sponsorship Lilui Nishmas Shmuel Avraham ben David, Guy Shalem ben Yehudah and Yitzchak ben Eza. To the Bernstein and Cohen families, 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 commemorate a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Succot 5775: Prophesy — Semi-Fulfilled

Succot 5775: Prophesy — Semi-Fulfilled

by Moshe Burt

During Asseret Yomei Teshuva, the ten days of repentence between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, there were heated public exchanges between Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and US president Barack Hussein Obama regarding PM Netanyahu’s announcement of construction of a new housing development in east Jerusalem.

A quote from “L’Dovid Hashem Ori” that we say twice a day from the beginning of Chodesh Elul through Hoshana Rabbah: : “He will hide me in His shelter” … an allusion to Succot. Jews recognize that Hashem has dominion over the world and that man can’t look to or have trust in the physical, such as stone, iron or steel structures, etc. to provide protection. The nations, conversely, look to tall, fortifed edifices for security and protection. read more

Succot 5775: Moshiach, Redemption, and the Final Seal — Are Our Tefillot Worthy of Our Distinction?

Shalom Friends;

Our Succot vort is being sponsored by Haim and Danit Kalb and family of Ramat Beit Shemesh to Lilui Nishmas the Yahrtzeit of Haim’s Grandfather Efraim ben R’ Mordechai. To the Kalb family, 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 commemorate a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring (or as the case may be, co-sponsoring) a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Parshat Eikev 5774: The Eikev Mitzvot, Tefillot, Aleinu– Triggers for B’nei Yisrael’s Plea for the Ge’ula?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Eikev is being co-sponsored by Avraham & Elana Lewis and family of Ramat Beit Shemesh in honor of those who teach and give over Torah and to Kol Klal Yisrael , and by Yisroel & Miriam Schneider of Givat Shaul in Yerushalayim in honor of our Chayalim — may they remain safe, healthy and strong. To the Lewis and Schneider families, 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 commemorate a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Sefer Torah to be Donated for Yishuv Adura; Restoration Fund Raising Begins

Rabbi Chaim Zev Malinowitz and Moshe Burt with Sefer Torah donated to Shirat HaYam, Gush Katif; July, 2004

The Sefer Torah Recycling Network, which has seen to acquiring, restoring and placing 11 Sifrei Torah in needy locations over the past 12 years, announces that fund-raising has commenced to cover purchase and restoration of a Sefer Torah for placement in Yishuv Adura. We now seek generous donors to defray $5,000 in acquisition, restoration and ancillary costs necessary to provide Yishuv Adura’s 46 families with the Sefer Torah they need, but cannot financially afford to acquire. read more