Moshe Burt

Paradigm of Jewish Constancy

The fires in the Tabernacle teach us about maintaining a consistency between enthusiasm and constancy. , 3/14/2014, 2:00 PM

The UN Vote and Oslo: They Told Us Sweet Li'l Lies

The UN General Assembly vote granting the PA non-member state status is the final nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords., 12/9/2012, 10:28 PM

Vezot Habracha: The Continuum of Torah

The joy of completion must extend to the joy of continuance, the joy of new learning and new perspectives which build level upon level on that already learned., 10/5/2012, 7:59 AM

Are We Programmed for Sukkot?

The writer has constructive criticism of the way we pray. , 9/30/2012, 2:14 PM

The Mitzvah of Hakhel

The time to inculcate values in children is from their earliest youth, and especially by the example of the parents and others who sincerely strive for the ideals they preach., 9/20/2012, 8:37 PM

Ki Teitsei: Collective Kindness, Unity

Do we express kindness, unity, resposibility or do we quietly acquiesce to evil?, 8/30/2012, 11:10 AM

Eikev: The Heel of One's Foot

Which are the commandments we tread on - the writer has one that we can all improve., 8/9/2012, 8:02 AM

What Characterized Pinchas?

Pinchas committed what is termed a “sin for the sake of Heaven”, which could theoretically have a place within Jewish life, but is unworkable if attempted in practice. , 7/13/2012, 1:35 PM

Korach: Grasshopper Mentality

Korach’s arrogance and lust for leadership was based on self-interest, but wrong and invalid as it was, it had an element of spiritual basis. Today we have a regime which acts only irrationally, based anti-religious bias, and self-interest., 6/19/2012, 12:27 AM

Aaron's Enthusiasm and Aleinu

How and why to appreciate Aleinu., 6/8/2012, 2:10 PM

Behar (Israel): Who Really Loves the Land?

Thoughts on Shemittoh, the Shabbat for the land in the seventh year., 5/10/2012, 11:50 AM

The High Priest's Clothing as a Paradigm

There is a connection between this trait of loving kindness to our brethren and the role of the Kohen Godol as a unifier and as a national emissary., 4/27/2012, 4:15 PM

Giving our Heart's Desire

What part of us can we truly give?, 2/23/2012, 10:39 AM

Yitro's True Motivation

The timing of Yitro's arrival gives the answer to his motivation, 2/9/2012, 9:27 AM

Moshe's Paradigm of Unity and Empathy

It is proper to do some action in order to feel some of the discomfort yourself when someone else experiences pain. This way [through empathy] you actually feel his pain.”, 2/1/2012, 8:36 PM

Brit Milah and Korban Pesach

, 1/26/2012, 1:25 PM

Distinguishing Compassion from Cruelty

Rivka Imeinu’s nurturing taught how to combine the trait of unconditional kindness with an attribute of cleverness and savvy, and the wisdom and discipline to know when to use each. , 11/30/2011, 11:20 AM

False Perceptions Vs Hashem’s Will - Then and Now?

To say that he was blind and thought that Eisev was a great tzaddik would be to misunderstand the greatness of Yitzchak Avinu. There was something else going through Yitzchak Avinu's mind. , 11/24/2011, 6:53 PM

Unconditional Kindness and Passing the Torch

Our mother Sarah had continuity in Rivkah and a connection to the purchase of Mearat HaMachpela. , 11/17/2011, 9:48 AM

Contrasting Avraham, Sodom, and Israel in 5772

Just as Avraham prayed for a reason to save Sodom, and Yehudah prayed for Binyamin's freedom, so must we beseech G-d on behalf of Pollard's liberation from prison., 11/10/2011, 12:33 AM

Zealots, Unity, and the Galbanum in the Incense

Only when eleven different spices are pounded into indistinguishable dust, that is, completely mingled, can they be brought to the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur., 10/6/2011, 11:58 PM

Re'eh: The Meaning of Kindness

Love your neighbor as yourself., 8/26/2011, 3:35 AM

Eikev Mitzvot: Ego, Conceit, Pride

Those little mitzvot that one steps on can be the most important ones. Here are some to notice., 8/19/2011, 4:10 PM

Cities of Refuge, Cities of Hope

The very existence of the Irei Miklat and the laws surrounding them have a clear implication: there is always hope for the future. , 8/11/2011, 5:56 PM

The Pain of Not Possessing All of Eretz Yisrael

if a person truly loves something, they’d want it to be theirs, and no one else’s., 7/28/2011, 6:00 PM

Why did Rabbi Amnon Weaken?

The author brings Rabbi Eliezer Melammed's analysis and historical sources to explain the context of the Unesaneh Tokef prayer., 9/6/2010, 9:29 AM

Ki Tavo: Thoughtful Mitzvot

, 8/26/2010, 12:29 PM

Dayenu 5770

, 3/29/2010, 12:05 PM

Vayishlach: Spiritual Honesty

A timely and crucial message., 12/3/2009, 12:03 AM

<I>Vayigash</i>: Learning the Lesson of Unity

We haven't learned the brothers' lesson yet., 12/12/2007, 6:24 PM

<I>Ki Tetzei</I>: Care, Kindness and Responsibility

Unity evolves from collective responsibility., 8/23/2007, 11:01 AM

<I>Mishpatim</i>: Honesty, Principle and Unity

Basic laws of civilized existence are enunciated., 2/14/2007, 7:43 PM

<I>Vayera</I>: Today's Lessons of Sodom

This <I>vort</I> is about the two angels who were assigned by <I>HaShem</I> to rescue Lot and his family and to destroy Sodom; and it is about the <I>midos</I>, the mores, the characteristics of the people of Sodom, which led to their destruction. It is also about a perspective on Sodom in the modern day., 11/8/2006, 4:23 PM

Parsha Yithro 5766: Awaiting Just Law, Enforcement and Justice

as well as our dear brother, Jonathan Pollard (may he soon know freedom and long life in Eretz Yisrael) be central in our thoughts, prayers, chassadim and actions. May this abominable period of history called hitnatkut be as a bad dream. , 2/20/2006, 3:03 PM

<i>Nitzavim</i>: Pollard and Our Gush Katif Brethren

It would seem that the concept of collective responsibility extends to such Halachot as <i>Pidyan Sh'vu'im</i>, redeeming our Jewish brethren held captive, whether it by their home nation, by a foreign nation or by an enemy nation. , 9/29/2005, 10:24 AM

<I>Chukat</I>: Sin, Rectification, Unity and Rachel <I>Imeinu</I>

We hearken back to Rachel <I>Imeinu</I>'s role and why she was buried by Yaakov <I>Avinu</I> <I>"b'derech Beit Lechem"</I> ("on the road to Bethlehem")., 7/6/2005, 2:43 PM

Purim, <I>Tzav Shemoneh</I> and a <I>Sefer Torah</I>

If we stand up, as a <I>Kiddush HaShem</I>, and do what we're supposed to do -- stand with our brothers in Gush Katif and the Shomron, then <I>HaKadosh Baruch Hu</I> will rise up and orchestrate the defeat of this evil decree., 3/24/2005, 12:25 PM

Tu B'Shevat: Renewal and New Life in Eretz Yisrael

While you plant your trees, whether it is via the Jewish National Fund or other organizations that plant trees throughout the country, plant trees in Gush Katif, as well., 1/23/2005, 5:45 PM

But What If...

This morning, I found an email on my log from a friend back in the old country. My friend sent me a quote from 31 years ago that is at least as relevant now, perhaps more so, than it was on the very day it was written. , 12/27/2004, 7:10 PM

Beware of the "Monkey on Your Back"

We have read about how "disengagement" and abandonment of Gush Katif, if it materializes, will spur the day when Kassam missles fall in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Rechovot and more. And we know full well that not one agorah (1/100th of a shekel) has been approved at any level of Israel's government to fund any part of the expulsion., 10/8/2004, 1:23 PM

<I>Shoftim</I>: Justice and <I>Yad Hashem</I>

As I contemplate this <I>vort</I> on our <I>parsha</I>, I sit watching the accounts throughout the evening of the "O.K. Coral", better known as the Likud Convention, voting regarding continued negotiations concerning possible Labor Party entry into a "Unity Government"; in short, the Likud Central Committee referendum on abandonment of Gush Katif., 8/19/2004, 5:08 PM

<I>Eikev</I>: The Trickle-Up Effect

Perhaps, if we are attentive to the <I>"eikev" mitzvot</I>, the small, seemingly inconsequential <I>mitzvot</I> and their minutest details, then the trickle-up effect may bring about some sense of Jewish heart, caring and sensitivity among the "powers that be" in the State., 8/5/2004, 6:12 PM

<I>Balak</I>: "How Goodly Are Your Tents"

In past years, in trying to understand the meaning behind the <I>rasha</I> Bila'am's <I>"bracha"</I>, I would relate the <I>"bracha"</I> to <I>B'nai Yisrael</I> by way of Rabbi Aba Wagensberg's analogy wherein he asked a question regarding the "curse" of the <I>nachash</I> (the snake in <I>Gan Eden</I>)., 7/1/2004, 6:37 PM

<I>Shemittah</I> and Gush Katif

When I contemplate <i>parshat Behar</I>, I think back to the time when I was first beginning my journey as a <I>Ba'al Teshuva</I>., 5/13/2004, 5:34 PM

A Kohen's Bracha

I called Moshe Feiglin this <I>motzei Shabbat</I>. Just as I had conveyed to one of my fellow Likud/ManhigutYehudit members in <I>shul</I> just after <I>Ma'ariv</I>, I gave a Kohen's <I>bracha</I> that Moshe, Manhigut Yehudit and all opponents of the referendum in a position to observe or monitor the referendum proceedings be imbued with the same wisdom and cunning Torah tells us that <I>Ya'akov A, 5/2/2004, 7:49 PM

<i>T'ruma</i> and Its Relevancy Today

A question arises in this week's <i>parsha</i>, <i>T'ruma</i>. What does <i>T'ruma</I> have to do with the 39 <i>m'lachot assurot</I> (forbidden labors) on <i>Shabbat</i>? , 2/27/2004, 12:23 AM

Good News, Bad News and the Kahane <i>Shul</I>

The <i>sefer Torah</i>, placed there two weeks earlier, apparently was violently confiscated by the army. Ten or so years ago, I recall pictures of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin being forcibly removed from Degan Hill while clutching a <i>sefer Torah</I> in his arms. Ten years later, the Israeli government and army, at the vicious instigation of Minister of Justice Lapid, seems to now deny proper dignity to , 1/22/2004, 6:32 PM

Self-Respect and Self-Image

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, in his <i>sefer</i> <I>Growth Through Torah</i>, on <i>parshas Sh'mos</I>, speaks about self-respect and the lack thereof as a cause of subjugation by others. Rabbi Pliskin cites both the <i>Ohr Hachayim</i> and Rabbi Chayim Shmuelevitz. , 1/13/2004, 7:16 PM

Gatekeepers of Social Entitlements

As you might already know, while it was trumpeted on radio and TV that the Employment Offices were open to the public this past week; however, my arrival there told a different story., 11/23/2003, 6:07 PM

Haran and <i>Emunah</i> vs. <i>Cheshbonot</I>

When brought before the ruler, Nimrod engaged Avram in a dialogue, wherein Avram again aroused Nimrod's ire by disproving the authenticity of both Nimrod's deity and that of his idols. As a result, Nimrod jailed Avram for ten years. , 11/6/2003, 12:14 PM

A Clear & Present Danger

Well here we are, many years later and in Israel, facing a similar situation, not by accident or via malfunction, as with the Three Mile Island event, but purposefully, with a view to big business self-aggrandizement and with malice aforethought. , 8/15/2003, 12:16 PM

<i>Va'etchanan</i>: Between Hopelessness & <i>Ge'ula</I>

The <i>Haftarah</i> for our <i>parsha</i> begins, <i>"Nachamu, Nachamu Ami yomar Elokeichem"</i> ? "Comfort, comfort my people -- says your G-d." (Yishaiya, 40:1) This sentiment seems to be silent, but yet it is a theme of <i>parshat Va'etchanan</i>. , 8/8/2003, 11:48 AM

Israel, the Nations & Agreements

He commanded the Sanhedrin to speak Torah., 7/24/2003, 1:55 PM

Roadmaps, Jonathan Pollard and <i>Dayenu</i>

A couple of <i>Shabbosim</i> ago, as the War with Iraq began, our rabbi in Ramat Beit Shemesh addressed the <i>Kehillah</i> regarding the war, gas masks and <i>Shabbos</i>. He held that recent articles state that even if chemical or biological weapon-tipped Scuds were to fall on a location here, the chances of it affecting people some distance beyond the point of impact were nil. The rabbi conti, 4/8/2003, 9:09 PM

<i>Pekudei</i>: Unity, Responsibility & Rectification

We must strive to perfect our observance of <i>Shabbat</i>, as well as doing other <i>mitzvot</I> - <i>Gemilut Chasadim</i>, <i>Tzedakah</I> - having <i>Ahavat Chinom</i> for our fellow Jews on all levels, personal, business, learning, etc. If we will all intensify our path of plain old honesty ? treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves and beautify our <i>mitzvot</i>, then we'll b, 3/7/2003, 12:01 AM