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].

Transfiguration: From Blessing to Verse

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Devarim Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: What should you do if you accidentally start reciting an unmandated blessing? The Lord our God (Hashem Elokeinu) spoke to us in Chorev, saying, You have dwelt long enough in this mountain. (Deuteronomy 1:6) The Shulchan Aruch (O.C. 206:6), based on the Rosh ...

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Of Flattery & Falsehood

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Masei Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: May a synagogue call up a sinner to the Torah? You are not to corrupt (lo sachanifu) the land that you are in, for the blood—it will corrupt the land, and the land will not be purged of the blood that has been ...

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Mitzvah Misinformation

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Matos Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Should we be concerned about how people perceive our personal observance of mitzvos? And Moshe said to them, If you will do this thing, if you will go armed before the Lord to war, and will go all of you armed over the ...

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Priestly Pacifism

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Pinchas Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is a Priest who kills automatically disqualified from blessing the Jewish people? “Pinchas, son of Elazar son of Aharon the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion for Me, so that I did not wipe ...

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Animal Cruelty

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Balak Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: May one use a whip when riding an animal? The angel of God said to him: “Why did you strike your donkey these three times? Behold, I came out to obstruct you, because your way is contrary to Me. (Numbers 22:32) Where in ...

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Forbidden Miracles

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Chukas Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: May one benefit from a miracle? And the Lord spoke to Moshe, saying, “Take the rod, and gather the assembly together, thou, and Aharon thy brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth its water, and thou ...

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Levite Privilege

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Korach Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Are the Levites inherently holy?  Now Korach, the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kehas, the son of Levi, and Dasan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, and On, the son of Peles, of the sons of Reuven, took men: and they rose ...

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Kashrus Compromises

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Shelach Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Did the Jewish people always keep Kosher? And the Lord spoke to Moshe, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land into which I bring you, then it shall be, that, when you eat ...

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Why is No One Having a Good Time? I Specifically Requested It

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Be’ha’alosecha Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is there a mitzvah to be happy on Shabbos? Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, you shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of ...

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The Necessity of Sin

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Naso Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: May a person sin for the sake of peace? The priest shall write all these curses, on the scroll and dissolve them in the bitter waters. (Numbers 5:23) The Rashba, in his responsa (1:854) was posed the following question: In a moment of ...

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