Author Archives: anitasilvert

No tears for this blessed moment

I’m not usually one to gain a lot from prayer. Really. Liturgy was a rote experience when I was a young Hebrew school girl, and I probably haven’t moved beyond that. But there is one prayer that has become a … Continue reading

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Calling dibs

I was sitting in Shabbat services yesterday, which has gotten increasingly rare actually….but that’s another story. As my regular readers may have noticed, posting here has gotten rare, too….part of the same story. But once again, as the joy and … Continue reading

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Yitro: standing in line for justice

Yitro’s advice to Moses was to make the law accessible to the people. We would do well to take that advice today.“You shall also seek out from among all the people capable men who fear God, trustworthy men who spurn … Continue reading

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Beshallach: the long way ’round

As is typical in the book of Exodus, a lot happens in this week’s parasha, Be’shalach, not the least of which, by the way, is Moses’ Shirat Ha Yam, the Song of the Sea. Moses sings this after the people … Continue reading

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Bo: the malevolent synecdoche

“How long shall this one be a snare to us? (Exodus 10:7) This comes from the part of this week’s parasha, Bo, where Pharaoh’s advisors are telling him to let the Israelites go already; they say they want to go … Continue reading

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Va’era: A leading man

“The Israelites would not listen to me, how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of uncircumcised lips” (Ex 611): Moses realized that the people whom he had just been assigned to lead wouldn’t listen to him. The whole promise … Continue reading

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Shemot: Revolution

Many of you know I study Torah with an incredible group of people each Tuesday. I take notes. I take a lot of notes. Everybody in the class knows that. Anita. Takes. Notes. Sometimes the weekly parasha speaks to me … Continue reading

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