Tag Archives: Exodus

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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Tetzaveh: Like oil and water

If Vayachel is the “Home Depot” parasha, which comes in a couple of weeks, then Tetzaveh is the “Project Runway” parasha. It’s all about Aaron and his sons, how they begin to don the clothing of the Priesthood.  A new … Continue reading

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Terumah: Don’t need no fancy Mishkan

Wow, just reading Terumah, this week’s parasha, you just can’t avoid the obvious: God told the Israelites to make one fancy place to store the tablets Moses brought down from the mountaintop. I mean, really fancy. Multi-colored clothes, fine linen, … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Do not tolerate the Sorcerer

Sit down, folks…I’m about to go political. This week’s parasha, Mishpatim, is just yelling right at me about the kind of society we live in, the kind we want to live in, the kind we can build if we have … Continue reading

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