Parshat Ki Tavo 5778: Expressing Gratitude to, and Emulation of Hashem; and the Canards of the Nations

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua Ki Tavo is being sponsored by David and Malka Blass and family of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated for Refuah Shlaima for the Cholim of the community. To the Blass family, many thanks for your sponsorship and 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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Parshat Ki Teitsei 5778: Warnings of an Evolvement of Devolvement?

Shalom Friends;

Our Parshat HaShevua Ki Teitzei is dedicated for good health and continued development of Yiska bat Shoshana Batya.

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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Parshat Shoftim 5778: Possible Contrasts Between Judging With Justice and Pursuing Justice Regarding Law Enforcement and Judiciary

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Shoftim is sponsored by Dov and Bracha Moses of Ramat Beit Shemesh and dedicated for a Refuah Shleima for Rachel bat Chaya Perel and Hatslocha to all of their children and grand-children. To the Moses 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 Re’eh 5778: The False Prophet, the Communal Enticer and a Subverted City[?] vs Striving for Closeness to Hashem

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Re’eh is being co-sponsored by R’ Barak and Sarah Schecter of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated L’ilui Nishmas for both Barak’s grandfather, Yosef ben Yisrael David z”l and Aviv ben Yair z”l and by an anonymous donor lilui nismas Devorah bat Yechiel Michel Of Blessed Memory. To both the Schecter family and our anonymous donor, many thanks for your sponsorship and for your continued kindnesses and good wishes. 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

The Gush Katif Expulsion: The Fruits of the Hitnatkut, The Gift Which Keeps On Taking!

The Gush Katif Expulsion: The Fruits of the Hitnatkut, The Gift Which Keeps On Taking!

by Moshe Burt

On Wednesday afternoon, 26 July, 2018 , this author set out by autobus from Ramat Beit Shemesh traveling to Petach Tikva, no easy feat on 3 buses and a taxi, to the Shiva House of Mishpachat Levi — the family of Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi z”l, struck down by a Hamas terrorist sniper’s fire last Friday, 20 July.

As I rode, memories of the Gush Katif Expulsion of thirteen years ago again came to my mind: The words of then-prime minister Arik Sharon to the IDF Chief Rabbi (as reported on Israel National News years ago) about “forty years of peace,” Bibi’s voting hand raised high in approval in Knesset despite a Likud party referrendum which voted it down, the bodily removal, expulsion and herding onto buses of my fellow Jews, the destruction of hundreds of homes owned by Jews by police and Yasamnikim as well as the burning down to the ground of the main Shul of Neve Dekalim by Hamas, the burning destruction of thousands of dunams of agriculture by Hamas after wealthy Europeans and Canadians acquired them for the Arab Gaza residents and much more. The nine-thousand Gush Katif residents removed were replaced by years rocket and mortar onslaughts on S’derot and the other border towns, multiple wars with usage of civilians as human shields as well as attacks of recent vintage — drones, kite and balloon bombs and snipers. “Forty years of peace,” Yeah, right! More like, the fruits of the Hitnatkut, the Israeli gift which keeps on taking which, last Friday, took the life of Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi. read more

Parshat Va’etchanan 5778: Consolation? And Why the Decree Prohibiting Moshe From Entering Cana’an?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Va’etchanan is being sponsored by Ari and Rifka Stern of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated in honor of of their children, their new grandson and their sons-in-laws — that they should all be matzliyach to do the Ratzon Hashem. To the Stern family, many thanks for your sponsorship and for your continued kindnesses and good wishes.

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Parshat Devarim 5778: Who Authored Sefer Devarim? Hashem or Moshe?

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Devarim is being sponsored by Matis and Marla Sklar of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated for a full and complete Refuah Shlaima for Matis’ Father Shmuel Chaim ben Shaina. To the Sklar 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 the Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. read more

Parshiyot Matos/Masei 5778: What Else Troubles Moshe About Shevatim Reuven and Gad?

Shalom Friends;

Our Parshat HaShevua, Matot/Masei 5778 is being sponsored by Yosef Moshe and Chana Rosenberg of Ramat Beit Shemesh dedicated in honor of Yosef Moshe’s Bar Mitzvah Parsha and for the health and wellbeing of their children and family . To the Rosenberg family, many thanks for your sponsorship and 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 Pinchas 5778: Bilaam’s Plots and the Role of Our Merit or Guilt

Shalom Friends;

Our Parshat HaShevua, Pinchas is sponsored by Yitzchak and Sara Wenger of Beit Shemesh in honor of their son Elyakim Benyamin’s Bar Mitzvah Parsha — Parshat Pinchas, and in honor of their new-born grandson, Moshe Elkana ben Elyakim Benyamin and Shayna Wenger. To the Wenger family, many thanks for your sponsorship and 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