Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bo: inside or outside

Remember the scenes in “Yentl” with Yeshiva “bochers” (students) pouring over texts, books piled high, going back and forth for hours over a few words of text?  I always wondered how they could possibly spend that kind of time, obsessing … Continue reading

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Va’era: How can I hear what you say if I can’t see what you see?

I think one of the saddest pieces of text comes in this week’s parasha, Va’era: “But when Moses told this to the Israelites, they would not listen to Moses, their spirits were crushed by hard labor” (Ex. 6:9) Moses has … Continue reading

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Shemot – turn and truly see

Moses was a young prince of Egypt, having been raised in the Palace since he had been lifted out of the River Nile as a baby.  He went out one night and saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave.  He … Continue reading

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Vayechi: And he lived…and died

Vayichi…and he lived (and died) We go now to the part of the Biblical story where Jacob dies.   Naturally, the name of the portion is “Vayechi : and he lived.” Jacob’s death heralds big changes for the future of the … Continue reading

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