Author Archives: Moshe Kurtz

Rabbi Moshe Kurtz is Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Agudath Sholom of Stamford, CT. He welcomes questions, feedback and speaking requests at: [email protected].

Circumcision in the Wilderness

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: V’Zos HaBerachah Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Was the tribe of  Levi right to endanger their children by circumcising them in the wilderness? הָאֹמֵר לְאָבִיו וּלְאִמּוֹ לֹא רְאִיתִיו וְאֶת־אֶחָיו לֹא הִכִּיר וְאֶת־בָּנָו לֹא יָדָע כִּי שָׁמְרוּ אִמְרָתֶךָ וּבְרִיתְךָ יִנְצֹרוּ׃ Who said of his father and mother, “I consider them ...

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The Under-Appreciated Amen

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Ha’azinu Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: What is more important: Reciting a blessing or answering amen?        כִּי שֵׁם ה’ אֶקְרָא – הָבוּ גֹדֶל לֵאלֹהֵינוּ.  For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness unto our God. (Deut. 32:3) The imperative to answer amen to a blessing may ...

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Why Most People Do Not Observe the 613th Commandment

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayeilech Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: If there is a mitzvah to write a Torah scroll, why do so few people observe it today? And now write for yourselves this song and teach it to Children of Israel to place it in their mouths; in order that this song ...

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Confession: Commandment or Component?

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Nitzavim Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: If you repent but forget to make a verbal confession are your transgressions not forgiven? You will return to Hashem, your God, and obey Him exactly as I am commanding you today, you and your sons, wholeheartedly and with your whole being.…For this ...

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Doubtful Dishonesty

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Ki Savo Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is a possible lie a lie? When it happens that you come to the land that Hashem, your God, is giving you as territory, and you inherit it and settle it; You are to take of the first of all the fruits ...

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Mitzvah or Method?

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Ki Seitzei Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: What makes something a real mitzvah? When you build a new house, you shall make a fence for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it. (Deuteronomy 22:8) The Chasam Sofer notes ...

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On the Council; No Rank of Master

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Shoftim Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Are there real Rabbinical judges these days? Judges and officers shall you make for you in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, throughout your tribes: and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. (Deuteronomy 16:18) The Ramban asserts ...

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The Purpose of Punishment

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Re’eh Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Should a Jewish court still execute a person who repents for the evil that he previously perpetrated? And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he has spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, ...

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Two Ways to Think About Food

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Ekev Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: If one regurgitates their meal do they still recite a berachah acharonah (a subsequent blessing of thanks) afterwards? You will eat and be full, and you will bless Hashem, your God, for the good land He has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:10) The Talmud ...

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A Covetous Conspiracy

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Va’Eschanan Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is it actually halachically possible to transgress the prohibition of coveting “your neighbor’s wife”? You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. ...

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