Parshat Vayechi 5780: “Yaakov is Alive” — Relevance in the Moment?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua — Parshat Vayechi is being sponsored by Yitzchak and Leyla Gross of Wynnewood, PA to commemorate the Yarhtzeit of Yitzchak’s Mother: Chaya Yita Sarah Bat Aharon. To Mishpochat Gross, many thanks for your sponsorship, your kindnesses through the years in helping facilitate Sefer Torah recycling 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

Parshat Ki Tavo 5779: Vidui Bikkurim — Paradigm for Expressing Appreciation to One’s Host, and for Other Kindnesses?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Ki Tavo is co-sponsored by Shlomo and Shoshana Weis of Ramat Beit Shemesh and dedicated for hotslocha to entire Weis family and for a refuah shleima for Rachel bat Chaya Perel, and by Yechiel and Tova Nussbaum, also of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated lilui nishas for Tova’s cousin Irene Greenwald. To the Weis and Nussbaum 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

Parshat Eikev 5779: Preventing Righteousness from Causing Conceit and Perfecting Ourselves

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Eikev is sponsored by Dov and Lauren Greenberg of Ramat Beit Shemesh and dedicated in honor of their son Moshe Yitzchak’s birthday and Elisha’s graduation from Masiftah. To the Greenberg 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. read more

Parshat Emor 5779: The Kohanic Standard of Purity and Perfection

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua for Emor is being sponsored by David and Julie Morris and family and Rabbi Efraim Kestenbaum, all of Ramat Beit Shemesh Lilui Nishmas for the Yahrtzeit of Julie’s Mother Shulamit Devorah bat Rav Shimshon Raphael z”l. 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 a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. read more

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.

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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