Monthly Archives: January 2015

B’shallach: Higher than angels

Talmud  Tractate Megillah 10b: As the Egyptians started to drown in the Red Sea, the heavenly hosts began to sing praises, but God silenced the angels, saying, “The works of my hands are drowning in the sea, and you wish … Continue reading

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Bo: Leaving no one behind

     You can tell a lot by what people choose to use for a bluff. So far, in Exodus, Moses has been telling Pharaoh that he wanted to take the Israelites out of Egypt to worship God: “Let My People … Continue reading

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Va’era: Needing a hardened heart

“I will harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 7:3) Making Pharaoh’s heart heavy, making it “kaved”, (Hebrew root letters k’v’d) God sets in motion the plagues that will be visited upon Egypt. By making Pharaoh’s heart heavy, Pharaoh can’t see God and … Continue reading

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Sh’mot: Seeing is believing

What does it mean to see? In the beginning of the book of Exodus, we come across many references to sight, seeing, realizing, being aware. Pharoah told the midwives, Shifra and Puah, to look and see whether the new baby … Continue reading

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Vayechi: Happy New Year

Like the parasha “”Chaye Sarah” (the life of Sarah), which immediately tells of her death, this week’s parasha is called, “Vayechi” (and he lived), though the text is all about death. At the beginning, it is Jacob’s death that is … Continue reading

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