Devarim — Everyman His Own Leader in Bringing Learning, Kiddush Hashem to Reality…

Devarim — Everyman His Own Leader in Bringing Learning, Kiddush Hashem to Reality

By Moshe Burt

A few years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near.

He explained that near the end of Sefer BaMidbar, we began to see indications, via the story of Zelafchad’s daughters, Reuven and Gad’s desire to settle east of the Jordan, etc., that the B’nai Yisrael finally desired to accept Moshe Rabbeinu’s teachings and his Mussar which was meant to bring about the perfection of the Jewish people in emulation of the ways of Hashem as they were about to enter Eretz Yisrael. read more

To Have Normal Life, Just Like All of the Nations: Ehud Olmert’s Major League Chutzpah …

Address by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert – The Knesset: Translation 17/07/2006

Selected Excerpts;

1/ “Normal Life, like … any other Nation and any other state.”

Thanks to you, our enemies come up against a united nation, which fights together, shoulder to shoulder. We do not surrender and we do not panic. We believe in the justice of our cause, because there is no battle more just or moral than ours – a battle for the right to a peaceful and normal life, like any other human being, any other nation and any other state. read more

Shas: Political Machinations With Jerusalem at Stake …

Shas to Support Gov’t in No-Confidence Motion on J’lem Gay Pride Parade


The ultra-Orthodox Shas party will support the government on Monday in a no-confidence motion on the gay pride parade scheduled to be held in Jerusalem in early August.

The motion was submitted by ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism.

In return for its support Shas required that the government call on Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski to act for the cancellation of the parade.


Yet Again, Shas Shows that it’s for the Money First, Even at Cost of J’lem, Kedusha … MB read more

The “New Jew?” …

No ‘Zhid’ for President, by Ronny A. Brizon


Rabbi Lau is the polar opposite of the Israel envisioned by the Zionist forefathers. We need an enlightened ‘new Jew’ to lead the country.

Since the ugly, sickly “zhid,” a character that doesn’t appear in the least bit majestic, bestows on the ideal image of the beautiful, proud Hebrew… the zhid should be shocked and humiliated, whereas the other guy should be proud. The zhid is loathsome to everyone and everything, whereas the proud Hebrew must charm them… The zhid loves hiding with bated breath from the eyes of strangers, whereas the other guy must march proudly and strongly towards the entire world…and wave the flag: I am a Jew! read more

The Car Needs a Front-End ‘Realignment’ …

While saying over the vort on this week’s Parsha HaShevua, a few thoughts occured to this author which are presented here.

One thought is about Ehud Olmert’s latest term for disengagement = expulsion (convergence, consolidation), ‘realignment.’

It would seem that Olmert looks at Medinat Yisrael as an out-of-alignment auto. Apparently those “crazy believing Jews” with their connection to Eretz Yisrael, have kareemed over too many speed-bumps and thrown the national auto out of alignment. Ergo, the latest name for Olmert’s hope — Expulsion of more Jews shall henceforth be known as “realignment”, until the rocket-scientists come up with still another synonym. read more

Responding to Rabbi Sadan …

Rabbi: Minority Can’t Stop Next Pullout


“There are those who say: ‘What if they come to evacuate us from our lands (in the West Bank); will we go like sheep to slaughter? We have no choice but to fight for the Land of Israel’. The answer to this is clear: Even if we will be successful in delaying this or that evacuation by applying force, there is no doubt this will lead to more force being applied against us – force that is stronger than ours,” he said. read more


Olmert’s Arguments for “Convergence”: Demographics, Existential Threat, “Settlements Create Friction with the Palestinians”: Bogus Myths As Israel Loses Frustrated Important Friends …

I Give Up on Israel, by Joseph Farah


I am through defending Israel – at least the regime currently in power in Jerusalem, this useless coalition seemingly hell-bent on committing national suicide.

Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a man I once considered, like his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, a reasonable, rational, level-headed defender of his country, is set to visit Washington with his hand out.

He is asking for an initial commitment of up to $10 billion in direct U.S. aid to implement his plan for national retreat, appeasement of the global jihad and a new sellout of more than 200,000 Israeli civilians who have made their homes in historically Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria at the behest and recommendation of earlier Israeli governments. read more


Parshiyot Tazria/Metzora: The Kohen’s Diagnosis …

Parshiyot Tazria/Metzora: The Kohen’s Diagnosis

By Moshe Burt

In learning about the laws of tzara’as, we find posukim which are a pelah, a wonderment.

Torah relates in our Parsha; “If the tzara’as will erupt on the skin, and … will cover the entire skin of the afflicted from his head to his feet, wherever the eyes of the Kohen can see — the Kohen shall look, and behold! — the affliction has covered his entire flesh, then
he shall declare the affliction to be pure; having turned completely white, it is pure. On the day healthy skin appears …, it (the affliction) shall be contaminated.” (Sefer Vayikra, Perek 13, posukim 12 – 14) read more


Parshiyot Vayakhel/Pekudei 5766: Unity of Klal Israel = Leadership Accountability & Transparency …

Parshiyot Vayakhel/Pekudei 5766: Unity of Klal Israel = Leadership Accountability & Transparency

by, Moshe Burt

This author has used the expression before, but this year it is truly appropo; What a difference a year makes. Last year, on Shushan Purim, rather than partying with the Rav in Jerusalem on Shushan Purim, a group of us were in Neve Dekalim installing a Sefer Torah. It was a gala celebration against that looming expulsion, then 4 1/2 months off. We installed the Sefer Torah and davened to Hashem that the gezeira be lifted. read more


Havdalah: A Thought to Take Into the Week …

Don’t Leave It in the Beit Medrash

Over Shabbos, this author spotted a vort from Rabbi Artscroll in the Stone Chumash (Parsha Terumah, Perek 25, posukim 31-40, page 451 in Stone Chumash) which bears repeating;

“The Menorah, whose flames were fed by the purest oil of the olive, symbolized by the illumination of the intellect. It was placed near the southern wall of the Tabernacle (Mishkan), opposite the Table (Shulchan) on the north. The Ark (Aron HaKodesh) … was equidistant from both. … The Ark , containing the word of G’d, cast its spiritual emanations, as it were, upon the Menorah and the Table, which represented intellectual achievement and material prosperity. This symbolized the conviction that both our spiritual and temporal lives must be guided by, and work to serve, the dictates of the Torah. Jewish life cannot be compartmentalized in the realms of sacred and temporal, or in the modern vernacular, Church and State; the Torah regulates all aspects of life, and demands purity in all of them. Indeed, the requirement that the entire, very intricate Menorah had to be hammered out of one ingot of gold (posukim 31, 39) symbolized the indivisibilty of the Torah; a Jewish life must be constructed entirely from one set of values. It may not be a hodge-podge of separate bits and pieces, grafted together to suit anyone’s convenience. All areas of life must derive from the same set of values.” read more