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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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B’ha’alotcha: Meltdown in the Wilderness

We’ve all seen the meltdowns. The child in the grocery store, that moment when you realize you’ve gone on  One. Errand. Too. Many.  We know how hard it is for the adult in charge, and we resolve to be empathetic, … Continue reading

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Matot Masei:That’s Ok, I’ll just stay here

(Apologies to how this is formatted. This is the best I could do with the tech environment I’m in) Standing at the edge of the Land, amassing at the border, and preparing to go in, Moses heard something he never … Continue reading

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Yitro: Breathing together

“The thing you are doing is not right.  You will surely wear yourself out, and these people as well.  For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.”  (Ex 18:17-18) Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law, gives Moses the … Continue reading

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